Touring Car Database, Underrepresented Composers, AustLit, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, March 16, 2023


TouringCars .net: TouringCars.Net launches comprehensive touring car database. “TouringCars.Net is today (14 March) announcing the launch of the Touring Car Database, featuring one of the internet’s most comprehensive sources of tin-top history and information. Data spanning more than four decades, 263 seasons, 4,066 races, 3,477 drivers, 2,438 qualifying sessions and over 30,000 photographs (and counting) is included in the comprehensive dataset.” I wasn’t sure what touring cars were so I looked it up. As I understand it, touring cars are modified road-ready cars, as opposed to F1 cars and suchlike which are designed for racing.

The Violin Channel: Boulanger Initiative Launches Database for Underrepresented Composers. “All accessible for free, the database comprises extensive details of over 8,000 works written by 1,200 women and gender-marginalized composers… The current catalog focuses on historical works and curated information from non-living composers, with plans to expand.”


University of Queensland: Australia’s largest literary database hits one million records. “The University of Queensland’s AustLit project, to catalogue and celebrate Australia’s literary history, this week officially marks one million records. The milestone makes AustLit the only national bibliography of its scale in the world.”

Tulane News: Tulane dean to release podcast on Anti-Racism and the Disciplines featuring leading Black scholars. “Tulane University School of Liberal Arts will release a new podcast miniseries, Anti-Racism and the Disciplines, that explores the complex histories of liberal arts majors with the aim of identifying more accurate and effective practices in higher education.”


Government of Canada: 1931 Census of Canada to be released on June 1, 2023. “On June 1, 2023, Canadians can expect to browse the digitized census images by geographic district and sub-district on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website. Following the initial release, LAC will work collaboratively with Ancestry® and FamilySearch International to create an advanced searchable database for Canadians and those with Canadian heritage who wish to look for their ancestors.”

Techdirt: Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Urbanity. “Last week, we had the first of our series of posts showcasing the winners in all six categories of the fifth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927, and the spotlight was on Best Remix winner Lucia. This week, we’re taking a look at the winner of the Best Visuals category: Urbanity by Government Name.”


Krebs on Security: Two U.S. Men Charged in 2022 Hacking of DEA Portal. “Two U.S. men have been charged with hacking into a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) online portal that taps into 16 different federal law enforcement databases. Both are alleged to be part of a larger criminal organization that specializes in using fake emergency data requests from compromised police and government email accounts to publicly threaten and extort their victims.”

TechCrunch: Police shut down dark web crypto laundering service linked to FTX hack. “An international coalition of law enforcement agencies announced on Wednesday that it had taken down the popular dark web crypto laundering service ChipMixer, seizing more than $46 million in crypto and terabytes of server data. The service, for example, was used last year by the attacker who stole funds from the now failed crypto exchange FTX, as well as by several ransomware groups.”

York University: Consumer Privacy Protection Act could lead to fines for deceptive designs in apps and websites. “Canada’s proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) prohibits online consent processes that are deceptive or misleading. Companies may face fines for breaking the act’s rules. This could be trouble for social media platforms, online shopping companies and other services that use deceptive user interface designs in their apps and websites.”


National Academies: Researchers Need to Rethink and Justify How and Why Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry Labels Are Used in Genetics and Genomics Research, Says New Report. “Researchers and scientists who utilize genetic and genomic data should rethink and justify how and why they use race, ethnicity, and ancestry labels in their work, says a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report.”

NewsWise: Machine learning helps researchers separate compostable from conventional plastic waste with ‘very high’ accuracy. “Researchers at University College London (UCL) have published a paper in Frontiers in Sustainability in which they used machine learning to automatically sort different types of compostable and biodegradable plastics and differentiate them from conventional plastics.”

Wired: Cars That Watch Their Drivers Could Reteach the World to Drive. “As more of those driver-facing sensors make their way inside vehicles, industry experts expect the implications to go well beyond their role in automated driving features. Through alerts, alarms, and nudges they could retrain the fatigued, smartphone-fiddling, infotainment system-scrolling drivers of 21st century highways to make them safer—or at least force them to drive differently to avoid nagging from a digital overseer.” Good morning, Internet…

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