Joe Minter, Utah Floods, South Asia Open Archives, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 1, 2023


University of Alabama: UA-Created Digital Exhibition of Alabama Artist Publicly Available. “[Joe] Minter, a found-object artist, tells the story of his life, and a cultural movement, in a collection he calls ‘African Village in America’ built on nearly 1 acre around his home in Birmingham, Alabama. UA experts in geographic imaging, art curation, digital cataloguing and art history created a digital rendering to offer immediate access to the artist’s site-specific presentation of found-object sculptures for both scholars and the public, who previously could only experience the monumental environment by visiting in person.”

Utah State University: New USU Extension Website Offers Flood Preparation, Recovery Resources. “To assist homeowners, businesses and others, Utah State University Extension created a website with flood information and resources at The site includes information and tips on how to prepare for flooding, what to do during a flood and recovery after a flood. Also included are flood maps for the state, information on sandbagging, flood insurance, emergency preparation, food safety, sanitizing and more.”


Center for Research Libraries: SAOA Surpasses 1 Million Pages of Open Access Content. “For the past several years, members of the South Asia Open Archives initiative have been working collaboratively to build a robust collection of primary sources for researching, teaching, and learning about South Asia. Following its public launch in October 2019(link is external), SAOA has added hundreds of thousands of pages of newly digitized material from across the region. Now totaling over one-million pages of open-access primary source material, SAOA’s collection includes more than thirty-thousand items in twenty-seven different languages.”

Search Engine Journal: Jetpack for WordPress: End of Twitter Auto-Sharing. “Jetpack announced that the auto-share feature of the social part of the plugin will cease to work for Twitter, blaming last minute changes by Twitter and an inability to come to an agreement.”


Washington Post: He blew the whistle on Trump’s Truth Social. Now he works at Starbucks.. “About six months ago, Will Wilkerson was the executive vice president of operations for former president Donald Trump’s media business, a co-founder of Trump’s Truth Social website and a holder of stock options that might have one day made him a millionaire. Today, he is a certified barista trainer at a Starbucks inside a Harris Teeter grocery store, where he works 5:30 a.m. shifts in a green apron and slip-resistant shoes, making Frappuccinos for $16 an hour.”

Yale Library: Library to assist in creating portal for UK collections of Holocaust testimonies. “The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has been invited to join an international effort to raise greater awareness and dissemination of Holocaust testimonies worldwide.”


Associated Press: Judge rules against Google, allows antitrust case to proceed. “U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled the lawsuit alleging Google wields monopolistic power in the world of online advertising can proceed in its entirety.”

Krebs on Security: Many Public Salesforce Sites are Leaking Private Data. “A shocking number of organizations — including banks and healthcare providers — are leaking private and sensitive information from their public Salesforce Community websites, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The data exposures all stem from a misconfiguration in Salesforce Community that allows an unauthenticated user to access records that should only be available after logging in.”


York University: York University leads groundbreaking research to ensure technology revolution leaves no one behind. “A massive seven-year interdisciplinary research initiative led by York University – backed by substantial federal research funding — is setting out to tame the unruly world of AI and other disruptive technologies, so humans can benefit equitably from advances in a machine-driven world.”

University of Michigan: Researchers find lifesaving impact of early warning systems in Ukraine. “As many as 45% of casualties were prevented in the first few months of the war in Ukraine through heightened public responsiveness and the Ukrainian government’s communications strategy, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago and Ipsos.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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