Canada Baby Names, Georgia Tax Refunds, National Széchényi Library, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 11, 2023


CTV News: New searchable StatCan database lists Noah, Olivia top names in 2021. “Expectant parents and trend watchers have a new online tool to track Canada’s most popular baby names. Statistics Canada launched a searchable database of popular baby names Tuesday, revealing Noah and Olivia as the top monikers for 2021.”

Georgia Department of Revenue: DOR Unveils Surplus Tax Refund Eligibility Status Tool . “State Revenue Commissioner Frank O’Connell today announced a tool for Georgians to view their eligibility for surplus tax refunds. HB 162 and HB 1302 provided for surplus tax refunds of up to $500 for Georgia filers.”


National Széchényi Library: 10,000 digitised pages: the first milestone of the collaboration between the NSZL and the Haydneum . “In connection with the inauguration of the centre, the NSZL and the Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music have entered into a cooperation agreement, which has resulted in the first 10,000 pages. The aim of the collaboration is to process, manage and revitalise the significant cultural, musical and musicological heritage of Hungary between 1600 and 1850.”


NARA: Shogan Confirmed by U.S. Senate as 11th Archivist of the United States . “The United States Senate voted today to confirm Dr. Colleen Shogan as the 11th Archivist of the United States. Nominated by President Biden on August 3, 2022, Shogan will begin her tenure as the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) next week. She will be the first woman to hold the position permanently, succeeding David S. Ferriero, who retired in April 2022.”

Guelph Today: City briefly makes Twitter account private after flood of hate. “Online hate in response to an upcoming rainbow crosswalk in Guelph reached a level where city staff had to temporarily make the city’s Twitter account private just to get things under control.”


StarTribune: A Golden Valley bank robbery blew up on social media. It never actually happened.. “One morning in March, a man passed a note demanding money to a teller at a Golden Valley bank branch, then wandered out. The teller hit a panic button to summon police. Hennepin County deputies took a report, categorizing the incident as an ‘attempted robbery.’ Online, the passing of a note took on far larger dimensions.”

Rest of World: In Venezuela, crime victims turn to influencers to find justice. “[María Virginia] Montiel is among the lucky beneficiaries of a strange form of seeking justice that is gaining popularity in Venezuela, where access to formal legal channels has become increasingly limited. In recent years, several victims of crimes — from scams and kidnapping to animal cruelty and gender-based violence — have received justice after their posts on social media platforms went viral, thanks to influencers-turned-social justice warriors.”

Court News Ohio: Board Overseeing Opioid Settlement Funds Must Make Records Public. “The foundation formed to distribute settlement funds that local and state governments are receiving from opioid makers and distributors is the functional equivalent of a public office and must makes its records publicly available, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.”


Carnegie Mellon: Good Design is the Magic Behind AI Game. “… a team of Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) students, have created a role-playing video game, Hysteria in Howlsbend, set in a fictional colonial town. The player takes the role of the deputy governor of Massachusetts and must interview three townsfolk to determine which of them is the witch who killed the local reverend. Even Charles Agriogianis, a game designer on the project, doesn’t know what the townsfolk will say. They are voiced, in part, by AI.”

GW Today: Student Research at GW and Beyond Grows through Digitized Scientific Collections. “The initiative is part of the Biological Collections and Ecology and Evolution Network (BCEENET), a community of educators, collections managers and data experts who promote undergraduate scientific exploration using free online resources—providing training materials for educators who want to pass this expertise on to their students.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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