San Francisco Landlords, Wisconsin PFAS Pollution, Scottish Football Museum, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 19, 2022


San Francisco Examiner: New tool for housing organizers aims to reveal landlord webs in S.F.. “The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data-visualization and multimedia resource collective, has released a tool to uncover connections between properties, landlords and corporations. The tool, entitled Evictorbook, aims to support tenants and housing organizers in San Francisco. Oakland data is expected to be available on the tool soon as well.”

Wisconsin State Journal: PFAS: Wisconsin DNR launches one-stop map of forever chemical contamination. “Wisconsin environmental regulators have launched a new online tool to track pollution by so-called toxic ‘forever chemicals.’ The Department of Natural Resources combined information from drinking and surface water monitoring programs, health consumption advisories, and a database of contaminated sites into a single online map.”

Scottish Football Association: Scottish Football Museum announces collaboration with Google’s Arts & Culture platform. “As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, the Scottish FA has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to bring to life one of the world’s most impressive collections of football treasures and memorabilia through the online platform. ”


University of Bristol: Good Grief announces first mini-festival about ‘Grief + Memory’. “The hugely popular Grief Channel, a spin-off from the original Festival, now has its own YouTube channel, with all its content free to access and share…. In another development, later this year the team will launch a new website, the Grief Hub, providing curated resources and signposting to a host of organisations and content from charities and groups across the UK.”


9to5 Google: Google redesigns Family Link with Material You, web app, and ‘Today only’ limits. “Announced just over five years ago, Google Family Link is getting a redesign that offers a streamlined experience for parents by bringing controls to the forefront, as well as Material You and a web app.”

Reuters: Twitter locks staff stock accounts in anticipation of deal – Bloomberg News. “Twitter Inc TWTR.N has frozen equity award accounts for employees days ahead of the deadline to close its deal with Elon Musk, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, a sign that the social media firm hopes the deal will consummate.”


Cyprus Mail: Sharing the secrets and treasures of Famagusta. “The Famagusta New Museum (FNM) project, created by the Pierides Foundation and the community space KP10, is based around the online museum, which acts as a kind of lost and found platform; a repository where people who lived in and have memories from Famagusta will be able to upload photographs and materials to share with the wider public.” I did not know about the “ghost town” of Famagusta in Cyprus. Business Insider has an overview here.

EurekAlert: RRCHNM receives funding for project aimed at digitally preserving Civil War graffiti houses. “The purpose of this grant is to support the planning for the creation of a digital archive of the unique Civil War graffiti covering the walls of two historic house museums in Virginia—Historic Blenheim (Fairfax) and the Graffiti House (Brandy Station)—and for the planning of the expansion of this effort to several of the other Civil War graffiti sites in the greater Northern Virginia region.”


Toronto Star: Google has ‘serious’ concerns with Liberal bill requiring platforms to pay for news . “Google is raising ‘serious’ concerns about a Liberal bill that seeks to require tech giants to pay media outlets in exchange for putting their news content online.”

NBC News: ‘What are they hiding?’: Group sues Biden and National Archives over JFK assassination records. “The country’s largest online source of JFK assassination records is suing President Joe Biden and the National Archives to force the federal government to release all remaining documents related to the most mysterious murder of a U.S. president nearly 60 years ago.”


Phys .org: ‘Hey Buddha’: Japan researchers create AI enlightenment tool. “The software, co-developed by a team of religion and computing academics at Kyoto University, has been programmed to memorise around 1,000 teachings from Buddhist texts such as the Sutta Nipata and Dhammapada. Users seeking enlightenment can question a Buddha avatar that pops up on their phone screen.”

University of Georgia: AI answers the call for quail information. “A new model gives wildlife managers the ability to gather the necessary data in a matter of minutes… By using artificial intelligence to analyze terabytes of recordings for quail calls, the process gives wildlife managers the ability to gather the data they need in a matter of minutes.” Good morning, Internet…

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