Yale University’s LUX, EPA Clean Air Tracking Tool, Brooklyn Art Library, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, June 5, 2023


Yale Library: Yale launches LUX, a powerful new search tool for cross-collection exploration. “LUX: Collection Discovery—a new cross-collection search tool—provides users worldwide with online access to more than 17 million items within Yale University’s museums, libraries, and archives.”

EPA: Environmental Compliance History Database Continues Upgrades Through Introduction of Clean Air Tracking Tool. “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the ECHO Clean Air Tracking Tool (ECATT), which serves as an interface and repository for Clean Air Act data that can be used to evaluate emissions at stationary sources of air pollution and analyze general air quality for the United States. ECATT is the first EPA tool to integrate data from multiple emissions inventories…”


Hyperallergic: The Ineffable Charm of an Artist’s Sketchbook. “After 17 years and a catastrophic fire, the beloved Brooklyn Art Library has shuttered, but the thousands of unique sketchbooks contributed by artists live on.”

9to5 Google: Google officially stops updating 1st-gen Chromecast from 2013. “Google has quietly announced that support for Chromecast (1st gen) has ended and that there will be no more updates. This means Google’s inaugural — sorry Nexus Q — key-shaped streaming device will no longer receive software or security updates.”


Larry Ferlazzo: This Week’s Free & Useful Artificial Intelligence Tools For The Classroom. “At least, for now, I’m going to make this a weekly feature which will highlight additions to THE BEST NEW – & FREE – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT COULD BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM.”


Independent (UK): Inside Sudan’s decade-long effort to preserve culture threatened by devastating conflict. “Fighting erupted in Sudan on 15 April, and while a ceasefire is currently in place at least 730 civilians have been killed and 1.3 million people have fled their homes. Omdurman Ahlia University’s library is believed to be just one of the buildings that have recently been set on fire by looters, as Sudan’s cultural institutions are caught in the crossfire.”

Storyful: Google Evacuates Mexico City Offices After Reported Bomb Threat. “Google said it evacuated an office building in Mexico City after local authorities notified the tech giant of a ‘potential emergency situation’ on Thursday, June 1.”


Southeast Missourian: More court records soon available to public online. “Beginning in July, based on a directive by the Missouri Supreme Court, more documents will be accessible to the public from their computers. The upgraded, more-accessible system will roll out in phases across the state. Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court is expected to update its system in October, though new requirements will kick off for attorneys July 1. The mandated requirements are an attempt to fulfill the state’s policy that ‘records of all courts are presumed to be open to any member of the public for purposes of inspection or copying’.”

New Arab: Saudi woman arrested over social media posts promoting reform. “A women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia has been arrested and jailed by Saudi authorities over tweets and Snapchat posts that demanded more fundamental rights. Manahel al-Otaibi, a 29-year-old fitness instructor and artist, was arrested in November 2022, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.”


BBC: AI: War crimes evidence erased by social media platforms. “Evidence of potential human rights abuses may be lost after being deleted by tech companies, the BBC has found. Platforms remove graphic videos, often using artificial intelligence – but footage that may help prosecutions can be taken down without being archived.”

Mashable: Twitter and Reddit’s high-priced APIs are bad news for the internet’s future. “APIs help developers access your data. Yet, the social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit, which already use your data to monetize via advertisers, want to now charge exorbitant fees just for access to your data. Which platform will be next? There’s relatively few major social media platforms to begin with. What happens when they all want to box you in to only use their official apps to access your own data? What happens to the tech industry when only a student developer can no longer afford to create apps and software?” The answer, my friend, is RSSin’ in the wind… or on the Internet in any case.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Study shows news coverage on Twitter combined crime, pandemic in disjointed narrative. “New research from Husker sociologist Lisa Kort-Butler suggests that in the timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the initial shutdowns, several waves of heightened disease and death and a waning sense of emergency, legacy news organizations continued to elevate crime news through Twitter, but often partnered the pandemic and crime in disjointed ways, and incorporated similar language with both. These crime and pandemic snapshots — in 280 characters or less — likely magnified a sense of instability and insecurity of Americans.” Good morning, Internet…

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