Mining Safety, Illinois State University, New Jersey Disaster Relief, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2022


Department of Labor: US Department Of Labor Launches App To Provide Miners Access To Health, Safety, Miners’ Rights Information. “The app allows miners to easily use the tool at mine sites and outside of working hours to search for best safety and health practices and find resources on understanding their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The app also sends users notifications of mining accidents and how to prevent them.”

Illinois State University: Historic Illinois State alumni and marketing publications digitally preserved . “With 110 years of material to look through, each issue contains valuable insight into the evolving sociopolitical landscape of the country. One magazine which was disconnected from these previous publications, The Statesman, ran for just four issues between 1969 and 1971. It offers great insight into views on the Vietnam War, race relations on campus, marijuana, and other markedly countercultural perspectives of the era.”

North Jersey: Need help after a major storm? A year after Ida, NJ launches a new website for that. “Gov. Phil Murphy announced a new resource website… on Thursday to help victims of future storms navigate federal and state disaster relief programs. The site will be geared toward providing residents, small businesses, local governments and nonprofit organizations with a directory of resources to prepare for and recover from disasters.”


Library of Congress: LC Labs Letter: Recap of 2022 Summer Fellow Projects. “As summer draws to a close, the LC Labs and Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) teams are grateful for the time we shared with students and recent graduates from around the country who joined us for summer fellowships. This month’s newsletter highlights some of our favorite moments!”

9to5 Google: You can download Hangouts history via Google Takeout until January 1. “The only way to use classic Hangouts today is the website, but that’s set to go away in November. Ahead of that, Google is advising people to download Hangouts history via Takeout ‘because some of [their] conversations or portions of conversations won’t automatically migrate from Hangouts to Chat.'”


TechCrunch: Google, YouTube outline plans for the US midterm elections. “Google and its video sharing app YouTube outlined plans for handling the 2022 U.S. midterm elections this week, highlighting tools at its disposal to limit the effort to limit the spread of political misinformation.”

New York Times: Katie Gregson-MacLeod Sang About a ‘Complex’ Love. TikTok Responded.. “Vulnerability is contagious, and TikTok, which allows users to both imbibe and amplify at the same time, is an optimal accelerant. The success of ‘Complex’ reflects the evolving priorities of TikTok, which in its first couple of years was best known as an accelerant for dance trends, novelty songs and meme-able comedy, but is now just as often a home for sorrow. The shift reflects a partial maturation of the medium somewhere beyond pure escape.”

WINA: Petition launched to bring The Hook archives back online. “The publishers of C-Ville Weekly, who also published The Hook before it was shut down in 2013, transferred ownership of its website/archive to an anonymous buyer last year. Earlier this year, the buyer removed the website/archive from the internet. The publishers of C-Ville Weekly’s have so far refused to explain why they made the decision to sell.”


City A.M.: Google heads to court over billion pound competition row for Play Store. “Google will have to defend itself at trial over a £1bn consumer claim about Play Store, a competition judge has decided. A Competition Appeal Tribunal ruling this week found that consumer champion Liz Coll is authorised to bring an opt-out collective claim against the tech giant for alleged competition infringements.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New law, less sunlight: Missouri takes down contract website. “Gov. Mike Parson’s administration shut down access Monday to a website that allows Missourians to track who is winning potentially lucrative state contracts. In an announcement posted on an Office of Administration’s procurement website, officials say a new law is forcing them to remove contract award information from public access for privacy reasons. The new law, which was signed by Parson, went into effect Sunday.”


WIRED: Trans Researchers Want Google Scholar to Stop Deadnaming Them. “[Tess] Tanenbaum is one of many academics that have urged Google in recent years to give people more agency over how their names appear on its service. She and other critics of Google Scholar say it subjects trans academics and researchers to deadnaming, the unwelcome and even traumatic mention of a transgender person’s name from before they transitioned.”

News@Northeastern: Unprecedented Data Collection Project, ‘A Huge Missing Piece Of The Study Of The Internet,’ Now Underway. “Thanks to a $15.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the team has begun to recruit volunteers for the online data collection project, which will involve monitoring the online experiences of tens of thousands of volunteer users through a web browser extension researchers are building, then documenting and analyzing the results.” Good morning, Internet..

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