CineD Databases, Dublin Port Digital Archives, 9/11 Tribute Museum, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 19, 2022


CineD: Launching CineD Databases – Camera & Lens Databases and Lens Coverage Tool. “Are you tired of having to browse the Internet every time you want to know details about a camera or lens? With the new CineD Databases, you can even find curated technical details for your camera and lens selection, all in one place.”

Dublin Port Company: The Dublin Port Digital Archive Is Now Live. “The Dublin Port Archive covers the history of the Port from 1707, offering a unique insight into how Dublin Port shaped Dublin City. The Archive is comprised of 75,000 photographs, 30,000 engineering drawings, 600 historical registers, yearbooks dating back to 1926 along with a ‘Name Book’ for employees from 1906 to 1925.”


NBC New York: 9/11 Tribute Museum Closing NYC Location After More Than 15 Years, Going Fully Online. “The group said they had wanted a place to tell the stories of those they lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. Now, the museum’s online presence will allow the group to keep providing educational resources and support for the 9/11 community. They will still be able to offer interactive engagement, including video stories of those impacted.”

Getty Library Blog: Getty Library Research Grant applications now online for 2023. “Applications for 2023 Getty Library Research Grants are now online. Getty Library Research Grants support a wide range of research pursuits through an open call for applications as well some specialized opportunities.”


New York Times: Tech Hacks to Make Traveling Right Now Less of a Headache. “Here are some of the most useful tech tools that travel experts and I are using at this ‘new normal’ stage of the pandemic to make our excursions more pleasant, including apps to monitor flight changes and find the best seats.”


Reuters: TikTok to clamp down on paid political posts by influencers ahead of US midterms . “TikTok will work to prevent content creators from posting paid political messages on the short-form video app, as part of its preparation for the US midterm election in November, the company said on Wednesday.”

The Mainichi: Smartphone classes taught by teens attract flood of elderly applicants in central Japan . “The municipal government here has received a flood of applications from older people to join classes in which local high school students will teach them the basics of smartphones. The free classes intended for those aged 70 or older will be taught by their grandchildren’s generation at a lifelong learning center in the Mie Prefecture city of Ise on Aug. 25.”


Rolling Stone: Trump’s Site Is Being Weaponized Against the FBI — and Their Families. “A review of Truth Social postings by Rolling Stone shows Trump supporters have spent the past week doxxing both Judge Bruce Reinhart, the magistrate judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago warrant, and an FBI agent involved in preparing the request, as well as their families. The information includes their purported home addresses, phone numbers, places of worship, private offices, and similar information about the men’s families and junior employees.”

Ars Technica: Deadly swatting increasing on Twitch; alarmed streamers press for change. “These swatting attacks are conducted by anonymous persons making prank calls to police, falsely reporting emergency circumstances (like an armed potential mass shooter or a hostage situation that doesn’t exist) in order to get SWAT teams to descend, guns out, on a Twitch streamer’s location. The Washington Post reported this week that these swattings appear to be intensifying and can be traumatizing for targeted Twitch streamers. One trans Twitch streamer told the Post that police in London aimed an assault rifle at her face.”

WIRED: The Family That Mined the Pentagon’s Data for Profit. “The Freedom of Information Act helps Americans learn what the government is up to. The Poseys exploited it—and became unlikely defenders of transparency.”


Rutgers University: VA Taps Rutgers Professor to Build Database Linking Veteran Ailments to Exposure From Burn Pits. “Scott Parrott, a Rutgers professor with more than 30 years of experience in methodology and statistics, will work with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to create a database of evidence linking toxic exposure to burn pits to diseases such as cancer.”


CNN: Biden administration cancels another $3.9 billion in student loan debt for former for-profit college students. “The Department of Education said Tuesday that it will cancel $3.9 billion in student loan debt for 208,000 students who attended the now-defunct for-profit ITT Technical Institute — bringing the total amount of loan discharges approved under President Joe Biden to nearly $32 billion.” Good morning, Internet…

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