West Virginia Grants, Library of Congress, Google Business, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2023


WDTV: New websites launch to distribute grants, infrastructure funds in W.Va.. “Gov. Jim Justice announced the launch of two new websites to improve the state’s distribution of grants and infrastructure funding. The new website for grants distribution is a one-stop-shop for personal and business-based grant funding opportunities in West Virginia.”

Library of Congress: What’s new online at the Library of Congress – January 2023. “The Signal shares semi-regular updates of new additions to publicly available digital collections and we love showing off all the hard work of our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently and some of our favorite highlights. Click here for previous updates.”


Search Engine Land: Google rolling out cars for sale in Google Business Profiles. “Google is opening access to the local car inventory beta feature to all US dealerships using the cars for sale feature in Google Business Profiles. Greg Gifford reports that Google has opened this beta feature now to all US-based dealerships.”


Hackaday: You Can Help Build A Resin Printer Review Database. “Even for advanced users, it is a chore to stay on top of all the goings-on within the world of resin printers. This is why [VOG] (VOGMan, formerly VegOilGuy) has started a resin printer review site that asks for feedback from the community.”

NextGov: OPM Previews Its New Cyber Workforce Dashboard. “The Office of Personnel Management plans to launch a federal cyber workforce dashboard to provide agencies with a better tool to address workforce needs, according to a demo of the proposed dashboard held during a National Institute of Standards and Technology webinar on Tuesday.”


Balkan Transitional Justice: Montenegro’s Attempt to Create Database of Wartime Paramilitaries Fails. “The state prosecution said it failed to create a database of Montenegrin citizens who were members of paramilitary units during the 1990s wars because of a lack of cooperation from other former Yugoslav countries.”

WIRED: China Is the World’s Biggest Face Recognition Dealer. “EARLY LAST YEAR, the government of Bangladesh began weighing an offer from an unnamed Chinese company to build a smart city on the Bay of Bengal with infrastructure enhanced by artificial intelligence. Construction of the high-tech metropolis has yet to begin, but if it proceeds it may include face recognition software that can use public cameras to identify missing persons or track criminals in a crowd—capabilities already standard in many Chinese cities.”


Europeana Pro: Discover how the J-Ark project connects data aggregation with preservation. “The J-Ark project aims to explore how aggregation of cultural heritage content can be connected with its long-term preservation. Find out more about the project’s work, discover how its insights are relevant to data spaces, and join an upcoming event which explores this topic.”

Center for American Progress: The Dangers of a Twitter Bankruptcy or Acquisition. “One of the ironies of the Musk takeover is that Twitter — a mismanaged company with great tech and a captive, influential user base — was probably a pretty good candidate for a competent leveraged buyout operation. Musk, egged on by his friends and their weird psychodrama about ‘blue checks,’ has now eliminated any possibility that his takeover will be smooth and inexpensive.”

Stanford University: Designing Ethical Self-Driving Cars. “Ford has a corporate policy that says: Always follow the law. And this project grew out of a few simple questions: Does that policy apply to automated driving? And when, if ever, is it ethical for an AV to violate the traffic laws? As we researched these questions, we realized that in addition to the traffic code, there are appellate decisions and jury instructions that help flesh out the social contract that has developed during the hundred-plus years we’ve been driving cars.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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