Codex Atlanticus, Georgia Newspapers, ChatGPT, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2023


Museo Galileo: Leonardo//Thek@. “Leonardo//Thek@-Codex Atlanticus is an innovative digital repository that provides access to images and transcriptions of the nearly 1200 pages of the Codex Atlanticus, and to the results of over two centuries of scholarly work on this resource. Thanks to the multiplicity of research tools, the repository constitutes an indispensable means for exploring the vast and chaotic ocean of data stored within the Codex.”

Digital Library of Georgia: R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation-Funded Underdocumented Newspapers Now Available. “As part of a $27,103.50 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized over 109,000 pages of Georgia newspaper titles. The newly-released collection includes Georgia newspapers of the late 19th century from under documented Georgia counties from microfilm held by the Georgia Newspaper Project.”


The Verge: OpenAI announces an API for ChatGPT and its Whisper speech-to-text tech. “OpenAI has announced that it’s now letting third-party developers integrate ChatGPT into their apps and services via an API and that doing so will be significantly cheaper than using its existing language models.”

Bleeping Computer: GitHub’s secret scanning alerts now available for all public repos. “GitHub has announced that its secret scanning alerts service is now generally available to all public repositories and can be enabled to detect leaked secrets across an entire publishing history.”


Asahi Shimbun: Descendants pass on memories of now-forbidden island of Iwojima. “One recent day, Tokiko Okuyama recounted her childhood memories on Iwojima over black-and-white photographs spread out on a table as two descendants of war-displaced islanders were writing down her accounts in notebooks.”

Engadget: Google workers in Japan have joined a labor union in response to planned layoffs. “Dozens of Google Japan employees have organized under the Tokyo Managers’ Union. It’s the first labor union at Google Japan, according to Meiji University Assistant Professor Ken Yamazaki, who also posted a copy of the group’s statements from a press conference. Apparently, the employees chose to organize out of fear that they could be abruptly laid off, especially since some of them are in Japan on work visas.”


CBC: MPs summon top Alphabet/Google executives to explain decision to block news content. “A parliamentary committee is calling four of Google’s top executives to appear before it after the company began testing ways it could block news content from searches if Parliament passes the Online News Act.”

Federal News Network: The government’s secrets apparatus could collapse under its own weight. “Former President Donald Trump, former vice president Mike Pence, and President Joe Biden don’t have much in common. But all three got caught with classified documents that they took home. The incidents show a lot of things, including how cumbersome the classification system is. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with someone who spends a lot explaining this challenging issue: Yale law professor Oona Hathaway.”


Daily Herald: After historic find, University of Illinois soil scientists want to dig up more on state’s land. “After stumbling upon thousands of Mason jars filled with soil in a University of Illinois barn, some of them over 100 years old, Andrew Margenot knew he had found something special…. In an attempt to gain unique insight into how Illinois soils have changed over the course of 120 years, Margenot and his team are now trying to resample soils at 450 locations throughout the state and compare them to the samples gathered by their predecessors.”

Northwestern Now: Survey: Half of Americans uncertain about ability to identify false political claims. “Only 8% of nearly 25,000 Americans correctly identified all false political claims presented to them as part of a recent national survey. The survey also found that those who believed false vaccine statements were more than twice as likely to believe inaccurate claims about politics when compared with those who could correctly identify false vaccine claims.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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