UK Epidemiology, Hazard Mitigation Methodology, Czech Folk Architecture, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 28, 2023


Cardiff University: Understanding all disease prevalence in the UK. “A new website gives the public, health professionals and researchers easy access to data about the prevalence of all diseases in the UK, marking a landmark achievement for global health information analysis.”

NIST: NIST Issues New Guidance for Emergency Response During Wildfires. “NIST has launched a new website intended to help community leaders and first responders in wildfire-prone areas make buildings and other structures more resistant to fire. The website is based on the Hazard Mitigation Methodology (HMM), which was developed by researchers at NIST, CAL FIRE and other agencies and organizations. While traditional strategies focus on hardening individual structures, the HMM takes a community-wide approach to addressing wildfire risks.”

Radio Prague International: Ethnologists create online museum of Czech folk architecture. “Folk architecture is one of the cornerstones of regional and national identity, but it is rapidly disappearing. That is why ethnologists from the National Museum and Czech Academy of Sciences worked together with IT specialists from the Czech Technical University to create a virtual museum of folk architecture in Czechia.”

Reclaim the Records: The Connecticut Genealogy Index Is Now Online. “Introducing! It’s a FREE searchable database of 576,638 births, 2,180,700 marriages, 2,086 civil unions, and 2,772,116 deaths from the state of Connecticut, spanning three centuries.”


BBC: British Museum recovers some of 2,000 stolen items. “About 2,000 treasures are thought to have been stolen from the British Museum, but recovery has begun of some of them, chairman George Osborne has said. The ex-chancellor accepted the museum’s reputation has suffered but said ‘it is a mess we are going to clear up’.”

TechCrunch: YouTube to support RSS uploads for podcasters by year-end, plus private feeds in YouTube Music. “YouTube is growing its commitment to hosting podcasts on its platform. This week, at the Podcast Movement conference, YouTube product lead Steve McLendon confirmed the platform will be rolling out support for RSS uploads for podcasters by the end of the year, among other updates. The new functionality had been in beta testing since earlier this year, as a strategic, invite-only pilot.”


Amit Agarwal: How to Enable Push Notifications for File Changes in Google Drive with Apps Script. “Are you looking for a way to receive notifications in real-time when an important spreadsheet in your Google Drive get modified or is accidently deleted by sometimes? Well, Google Drive offers an API to help you set up a watch on any file in your Google Drive be it a document, presentation or even a PDF file. This means that you can receive instant notifications whenever the content or even permissions of that file changes. This tutorial explains how you can setup watch notifications on any file in your Google Drive with the help of Google Apps Script.”

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. Here are the latest.”


Anime News Network: Manga Archive Organization Dedicated to Archiving Manga Materials Founded. “The Manga Archive Organization announced its founding on Monday. Formally founded on May 1, the organization aims to preserve and share manga creators’ original artwork and related materials, including published material such as magazines and compiled book volumes. Taku Ōishi, the curator of the Yokote Masuda Manga Museum, will be the organization’s board representative.”

Saint Louis University (Madrid): SLU-Madrid Ethnographer to Create a Digital Red Carpet for Spanish Film Festival. “The glam. The status. The pageantry. Film festivals — whether local or international — put the spotlight on filmmakers, actors and creatives alike. These events tout prestige through showy outfits and indulgence in expensive giveaways for attendees. Imagine getting glammed up for the big gala, but in a barn instead of a state-of-the-art theatre. The status of such a rustic backdrop is why Vivar has researched the annual Festival de Cans since 2020. The film event occurs in the heart of rural western Galicia in the province of Pontevedra, Spain.”


New Voice of Ukraine: Crimeans using social media to help Ukrainian military spot Russian air defenses. “Crimeans are actively helping the Ukrainian military detect Russian air defense systems by publishing photos and videos of the systems in operation, Taras Berezovets, a political scientist and officer of the I. Bohun special brigade, told Radio NV in an interview on Aug. 25.”


University of Michigan: Tuning the tension: Negative feedback could moderate extreme views on social media, per U-M research. “‘Downvotes’ and ‘dislikes’ from peers could moderate extreme rhetoric and mitigate echo chambers among social media users, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The study finds such ‘feedback can serve as the whip that regulates the polarization of opinions by encouraging users to moderate their tone.’ Conversely, the research doesn’t find evidence of equivalent moderation effects from positive feedback.” Good morning, Internet…

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