Ireland Folklore, Stockton and Darlington Railway, Wisconsin Criminal Justice, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 26, 2023


Irish Central: Tales of ancient Irish heroes become more accessible in new online database. “The recently-launched Fionn Folklore Database aims to connect people around the world with approximately 3,500 orally-collected stories and songs about the greatest heroes of the Gaelic world, Fionn mac Cumhaill and his legendary warrior band, the Fianna.”

Rail Advent: Stockton and Darlington Railway archive available to the public online. “The National Railway Museum has acquired and digitised a newly-discovered archive from Leonard Raisbeck, a largely forgotten early railway pioneer. Raisbeck was an influential figure in the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first public railway. He suggested that the new venture should be a railway, a new technology at the time, rather than a canal. Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1773, solicitor Leonard Raisbeck played an important role in planning and organising the new railway.”

Wisconsin Department of Justice: Wisconsin DOJ Launches New Dashboard on State Arrests. “Attorney General Josh Kaul today announced a new dashboarding tool on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website that allows users to explore arrests submitted to the state’s criminal history repository (CCH) by law enforcement agencies across the state.”

CBS 58: New website maps out Frank Lloyd Wright sites along trail in southern Wisconsin. “There’s a new tool to help plan trips along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin. Taliesin Preservation announced the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail website, Trail Tracker, and updated app maps out and connect nine [public] Wright sites along 200 miles in southern Wisconsin.”


ZDNet: Quitting Twitter? How to join a Mastodon server with the official Android app. “If you’re looking for the best mobile app for Mastodon, you can’t go wrong with the official software. Find out how to connect that app to your Mastodon server of choice.”


GrepBeat: Cary-based TablDA Goes Where Excel And Google Sheets Can’t. “Jiazhu Hu is an engineer who noticed that many data-structuring platforms have limitations that cause delays and headaches. After noticing that others were facing similar issues, Hu decided to use his background in tool development to create TablDA, a Cary-based startup that aims to solve the issues associated with teams and other related parties trying to share and work on the same body of data.”

University of Oregon: Coquille gift will complete processing of DeFazio archive. “Thanks to a $250,000 gift from the Coquille Indian Tribe, the UO will be able to catalogue the recently donated archives of alumnus Congressman Peter DeFazio from his 36-year tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives.”


Smithsonian Voices: Activating the Learning Potential of Digitized Museum Objects with the Smithsonian Learning Lab . “In the past year, both Smithsonian staff and schoolteachers have been asked about their experiences using the Learning Lab in their practice and how they are bringing their unique approaches to the platform. This has included a questionnaire for educators working in various settings (the majority of whom were schoolteachers) and focus groups with Smithsonian staff who use the platform for educational purposes. More recently, a panel of schoolteachers have documented their use of the platform over 2-3 months and shared their experiences in interviews.”

Newswise: One in four internet users are overwhelmed by the clutter in their browser. “Five billion people spend almost half of their waking hours online. According to a new study from Aalto University, browser clutter is a serious problem for one in four of them. The results will be presented on April 27 at CHI 2023, the leading conference for human-computer interaction research.”

Université de Montréal: Put yourself in their shoes: a new app to raise awareness of autism. “To raise awareness, a research team at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CR-IUSMM) has developed a virtual-reality application that replicates the challenges that autistic people can face in their everyday lives.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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