Jewish Augusta Georgia, Virtual Field Geology, Global Human Rights Dataset, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 10, 2022


Digital Library of Georgia: Materials from the Augusta Jewish Museum documenting more than two centuries of Jewish life, culture, foodways, and tradition are now available online.. “The collection contains historical materials dating from 1850 to 2022 that come from a diverse group of Jewish creators, including youth, women, clergy, fraternities, and congregations that offer unique insights into the greater Augusta, Georgia region’s Jewish life, philanthropy, foodways, and experiences.”

University of Washington: UW brings field geology to students with ‘Virtual Field Geology’. “Juliet Crider, a UW associate professor of Earth and space sciences, first got a grant from the National Science Foundation to send a former graduate student and a drone to photograph an iconic Pennsylvania geological site and pilot a new approach to field geology. Her team has now completed a virtual field visit to that site, the Whaleback anticline, where decades of coal mining have exposed 300-million-year-old folds in the bedrock.”

University of Rhode Island: URI research team launches world’s largest global human rights dataset. “A team of researchers based at the University of Rhode Island and Binghamton University has launched the world’s largest quantitative dataset on global human rights. The dataset, called CIRIGHTS, provides numerical measures for the extent to which every nation on Earth respects 72 internationally recognized human rights.”


The Register: Microsoft: Whoops, Patch Tuesday might screw your database connections . “Applications using the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface may fail to connect after installing the November Patch Tuesday Windows updates, according to Microsoft. Users may see the apps that use the Microsoft ODBC SQL Server Driver have problems, with some attempts to access databases generating an error message when the connection fails, the software maker wrote this week in its Windows Health Dashboard.”

Engadget: Reddit’s reveals r/AmItheAsshole was its most popular subreddit in 2022. “Reddit has unveiled its end-of-year Recap for 2022 and detailed some key stats on the site and communities for the year. It now has over 100,000 active communities globally, and saw some 430 million posts, up 14 percent over last year. The site also saw some 2.5+ billion comments (up 7 percent year-over-year) and 24 billion upvotes.”


Irish Examiner: GAA results database finally on the way. “The [Gaelic Athletic Association] is close to developing a centralised match results and player records archive as part of its soon-to-be-updated official website.”


WTTW: Scrap Plans for New Chicago Gang Database, Interim Police Oversight Board Urges. “Chicago Police Department officials should scrap plans to launch a new system to track Chicagoans they believe to be members of gangs, members of the interim Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability urged late Wednesday.”

NBC News: Lawsuit accuses Twitter of targeting women for layoffs. “The proposed class action filed late on Wednesday in San Francisco federal court said that after Twitter was taken over by Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, it laid off 57% of its female workers compared to 47% of men.”


Harvard Crimson: Why Using ChatGPT to Write this Op-Ed Was a Smart Idea. “The following op-ed was entirely written and edited by ChatGPT, a recently released artificial intelligence language model that is available for anyone to use. No manual edits were made; all changes were made by the author and op-eds editor providing feedback to ChatGPT on the drafts it generated.”

University of Southern California: What makes a movement go viral? Social media, social justice coalesce under #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. “The study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, demonstrates how images and videos on social media amplify conversations around civil rights and shape large-scale movements like the Black Lives Matter marches and demonstrations that occurred after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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