UK Areas of Research Interest, Colorado BIPOC Businesses, Google, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 13, 2023


UK Government: New one-stop shop to find the topics government is interested in researching. “A new tool which brings together all Areas of Research Interest (ARI) documents from across government departments in a one-stop shop is now live. ARIs are lists of research questions or topics which government departments and agencies would welcome more research on to inform their policies and help close the evidence policy gap. This new database allows anyone accessing it to search for particular areas of research interest, and find out what are the main research questions facing government departments.”

ABC 7 Denver: New website connects consumers with BIPOC-owned businesses. “Consumers in Denver looking to support businesses owned by people of color now have a way to do so with just a few taps and clicks. It’s all thanks to The Center for Community Wealth Building, a Denver-based nonprofit organization, which recently helped launch a website dedicated to connecting consumers with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)-owned businesses.” I checked this Web site to see if it was Denver-only, but after finding results in Colorado Springs and other places I’m pretty confident it’s for all Colorado.


TechCrunch: Google’s big antitrust trial kicks off, with even bigger implications. “The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google kicked off in court today, marking the beginning of a trial that will stretch on for months, potentially upending the tech world in the process. At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department says that Google has run afoul of antitrust laws in the course of maintaining its top spot in search, while the tech giant argues that it maintains its dominance naturally by offering consumers a superior product.”

Mashable: X has hidden Quote tweets. Here’s how to find them.. “X/Twitter, which used to display Quote Tweets via a simple click, has been through a redesign recently. Now, you can no longer quickly access Quotes via a post itself — instead, you have to click the three dots in the top-right corner, then click on ‘View post engagements’ in order to see the Quotes. Sigh.”


SF Gate: Family finally leases property so Google can make its village a reality. “Google has finally acquired the remaining piece of property it needed to realize its vision for a bespoke village near its Mountain View headquarters. The Molinari-Martinelli family has leased its 1 acre of land to the tech giant for 35 years for around $3 million, as first reported by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, with an option to extend and potentially buy the property should it become available. The family held on to the property for years as Google continued to acquire land surrounding its offices in a quest to remake the area into a small village that would include homes, retail, hotels, parks and a school.”

Jewish News: More than 36 volumes of work by Rabbi Lord Sacks to be made digitally available. “A digital library, leading publisher and The Rabbi Sacks Legacy are collaborating to bring previously unpublished literary works by the late Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to the digital realm…. Ultimately, all of Rabbi Sacks’ works published by Koren, which focus on Jewish texts and teachings, will be available to the public on digital platform Sefaria—more than three dozen volumes in total.”


ABC News: Sarah Sanders seeks to limit public records law amid suit related to her travel. “Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ push to overhaul the state’s expansive public records law stumbled at the start of a special legislative session she called this week, with Republican leaders late Monday reworking a bill to enact her changes as Sanders, who says the move is about security and government efficiency, faces criticism over the issue — even from within her party.”

Reuters: Dutch groups sue Google over alleged privacy violations. “The Dutch consumers’ association Consumentenbond together with the Privacy Protection Foundation issued legal proceedings against Google on Tuesday for alleged large-scale privacy violations, they said in a statement.”


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Information sciences professor developing tool to make data visualizations accessible to blind researchers, students. “Information sciences professor JooYoung Seo is developing a data visualization tool that converts data to sound or Braille to make visual representations of statistical data accessible to researchers who are blind or visually impaired.”

University of Georgia: Socializing boosts mood more than screentime. “A new study from researchers in the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences found that when asked to scroll on their phones, sit quietly by themselves or have a conversation with a stranger, participants typically found talking was the most enjoyable.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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