Dutch Religion and Philosophy of Life, FOSSDA Project, Online Hate, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 24, 2023


This is from last November but I just found out about it and it’s too good to miss. From the National Library of the Netherlands: KB launches Religion and Philosophy of Life web collection. “The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has launched a new web collection: Religion and Philosophy of Life. In it you will find 580 websites about religion, spirituality and philosophy of life, or how people view life. It is the largest Dutch web collection on this subject.”

BusinessWire: FOSSDA Project to Record Open Source History (PRESS RELEASE). “The Free and Open Source Stories Digital Archive Foundation (FOSSDA), a not-for-profit foundation to engage open source software pioneers and share their legacies, today launches the FOSSDA Project to create digital recordings and archives of open source history.”


AFP: UNESCO Conference Tackles Disinformation, Hate Speech. “Participants at a global U.N. conference in France’s capital on Wednesday urged the international community to find better safeguards against online disinformation and hate speech.”


The Verge: Google is still trying to fix Gmail’s Outlook syncing issues. “If you typically access your Hotmail or Outlook account using the Gmail app, there’s a reason you probably haven’t seen any new emails today: Google says it’s investigating an issue it’s having syncing with Microsoft’s servers.”


Ars Technica: ChatGPT-style search represents a 10x cost increase for Google, Microsoft. “After speaking to Alphabet Chairman John Hennessy (Alphabet is Google’s parent company) and several analysts, Reuters writes that “an exchange with AI known as a large language model likely costs 10 times more than a standard keyword search” and that it could represent ‘several billion dollars of extra costs.'”

Associated Press: Cornell Univ. returns Native American remains dug up in 1964. “Cornell University has returned ancestral remains to the Oneida Indian Nation that were inadvertently dug up in 1964 and stored for decades in a school archive…. The remains, possibly more than 300 years old, were unearthed by people digging a ditch for a water line on an upstate New York farm east of Binghamton in August 1964.”

El País: They’re not TV anchors, they’re avatars: How Venezuela is using AI-generated propaganda. “Fake news stories about economic improvement presented by computer-made ‘reporters’ have begun circulating online, evidencing how the technology is being used to further pro-government narratives”


Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon, Rales Foundation Announce Groundbreaking Initiative To Broaden Access to STEM Education. “Carnegie Mellon University and the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation today announced a transformative new initiative to help address the Missing Millions — individuals whose personal circumstances have presented a significant obstacle to careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM).”

Reuters: Google tests blocking news content for some Canadians. “Alphabet Inc’s Google is rolling out tests that block access to news content for some Canadian users, the company confirmed on Wednesday, in what it says is a test run of a potential response to the government’s online news bill.”


Distant Librarian: Bing Chat and a quick Library Metadata test. “I just got access to Bing Chat, so let’s see what it can do in the library world. I found myself on the monthly AI4LAM Community Call first thing this AM, and the topic was the use of ChatGPT in Libraries, Archives and Museums. While not my area of expertise, one of the examples shared was how well ChatGPT was able to do some JSON FOLIO work. Bing did not like this area!” Good afternoon, Internet…

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