Ludvig Holberg, Union Black, Food Safety and Inspection Service APIs, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 8, 2023


Royal Library Denmark: New research translates Holberg’s comedies into numbers and statistics. “For the past three years, the theatre researchers Ulla Kallenbach (University of Bergen), Anna Lawaetz (Royal Danish Library) and Annelis Kuhlmann (Aarhus University) and a number of programmers from the Royal Danish Library/Deic and Centre for Humanities Computing Aarhus worked on developing tools for digital analyses of Ludvig Holberg’s drama… Here, Holberg’s comedies are converted into statistics, figures and numbers with the aim of investigating how digital analysis can be used in a stage reading.”

Mashable: Google launches incredible online exhibition celebrating Black British music. “Entitled Union Black, the online exhibition explores the various pioneers, innovators, and movements that have deeply and undeniably influenced British culture as a whole. Through vintage photographs, historical documentaries, contemporary interviews, and other multimedia stories, Union Black presents a comprehensive and extraordinary retelling of those who have shaped the fabric of the British music scene.”

US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service: FSIS Launches New Data Tool: Recall and Public Health Alert API. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a new feature on its website that enables software developers to access data on recalls and public health alerts through an application programming interface (API).”


PA Media: YouTube begins verifying videos by UK doctors to tackle health misinformation. “YouTube has launched a verification system for UK-based doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to help Britons dodge medical misinformation online…. YouTube added a new seal of approval to accounts run by licensed doctors, nurses, psychologists, and other health practitioners or organisations who have passed stringent verification checks to fight misinformation.”

WCVB: Massachusetts updates database of police disciplinary records. “The Massachusetts agency that oversees police officer training and discipline updated its database of officer misconduct to remove the names of officers whose complaints were overturned and is continuing to review requests for corrections, a spokesperson for the commission said. The update was issued on Sept. 1 to the database of officers with sustained allegations that was first issued by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission last month.”

The Verge: Microsoft is testing a background removal tool in Paint. “Microsoft is testing a new background removal tool in Paint. The feature is rolling out now to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels (version 11.2306.30.0) and lets you remove an image’s background with a single click.” I’m not going to mention every single background removal tool ever, but this seems to me an interesting intersection of the iconic and the future.


How-To Geek: Duolingo Wants to Give You Music Lessons, Too . “Duolingo has announced that it will soon be rolling out a music teaching experience. With it, Duolingo says that you’ll have hundreds of tiny lessons that will teach you, along the way, everything about musical notes and how you can play music — the company says that users will have access to a library of over 200 songs.”


UK Government: Online animal cruelty activity to be removed from social media platforms. “Social media firms will be forced to remove online content facilitating animal torture in a further push to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. Under new proposals, social media platforms will be required to proactively tackle the illegal content and have it swiftly removed, or face fines of up to £18 million or 10% of their global annual revenue.”

Associated Press: Arkansas blogger files suit seeking records related to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ travel, security. “An Arkansas attorney and blogger has filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas State Police that accuses the agency of illegally withholding public records he requested related to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ travel and security.”

Apple Insider: Exploit patched in iOS 16.6.1 update delivered Pegasus spyware. “Apple’s operating system updates on Thursday patched an exploit chain capable of compromising iOS 16.6 devices with the Pegasus spyware without any interaction from the victim. The exploit was discovered on an iPhone owned by an individual employed by a Washington DC-based civil society organization. The exploit was used to deliver NSO Group’s Pegasus mercenary spyware.”


Iowa State University: Crowdsourcing contests: Understanding what brings high rewards, low risk. “[Professor Hui (Sophia)] Feng studies how certain marketing strategies affect a company’s financial outcomes, including stock prices. In a newly published study, Feng and her co-authors show that crowdsourcing contests are associated with high returns — but also high risks. The team suggests ways companies can strike the right balance and put investors at ease.”

Temple University: Temple researchers examine patterns of inequality in banned books. “Since July 2021, more than 1,500 books of contemporary literature have been banned in the United States. Now a team of Temple researchers is looking for patterns across these books to understand what may be causing them to be targeted. The team is made up of Temple faculty, library staff, and undergraduate and graduate English students who are using text mining to understand patterns of representation in these books.” Good morning, Internet…

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