Columbia News: A Digital Map of Historical New York Offers an Extraordinary Level of Detail

Columbia News: A Digital Map of Historical New York Offers an Extraordinary Level of Detail. “A glimpse into New York City at the turn of the 20th century can now be viewed at an exceptional level of detail: 6.5 million unique census records from 1850, 1880, and 1910 are pinpointed to residential addresses on the recently launched website Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas. During these 60 years, New York City experienced a radical transformation due to an immigration surge and expansion into Brooklyn.”

University at Buffalo: UB professor’s book inspires digital exhibition

University at Buffalo: UB professor’s book inspires digital exhibition. “Myseum of Toronto is hosting an online conversation with Cecil Foster, UB professor of Africana and American Studies, at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to officially open a new exhibition based on his groundbreaking history, ‘They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.’ ‘Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada’ is a digital exhibit created in collaboration with Foster that builds upon his book’s illuminating narrative to present the porters’ story through dramatic monologues, articles, archival photographs, artifacts and discussion surrounding their push for civil rights across North America.”

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires. “Through detailed 3D models of famed redwood trees, archival photographs, and multimedia stories from Park employees, you can now explore Resilience of the Redwoods on Google Arts and Culture. Travel through time at California’s first park from the budding preservation movement to Park Rangers’ connections to the trees today. Through interactive 3D, explore centuries of scars and growth of some of the oldest trees in the park and learn about the increasing impacts of fire on the ancient redwood habitat.”

PR Newswire: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Launch Digital Ute Language Dictionary (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Launch Digital Ute Language Dictionary (PRESS RELEASE). “The Ute Language digital dictionary is the latest resource for speakers and learners of the Ute Language. Time is critical for this Indigenous community as they fight to reinvigorate the next generation of learners. It is estimated that today there are a little over 110 fluent Ute Mountain Ute speakers. The Ute Mountain Ute digital dictionary will be free for learners to access on the web or to download the app on both iOS and Android devices.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers . “More than 3,765 women’s suffrage items from the John A. and Alice Pickler Papers are now available on the South Dakota Digital Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society. In 1991, 65 boxes of Pickler family records were donated to the State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, including photographs, political papers, business records, and more than four boxes of suffrage-related correspondence, speech notes, meeting minutes, and booklets.”

CBC: Stories of Black Canadian veterans the focus of new website leading up to federal apology in 2022

CBC: Stories of Black Canadian veterans the focus of new website leading up to federal apology in 2022. “Ontario historian Kathy Grant, whose Barbadian father served as a volunteer in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, has been researching Canada’s Black soldiers for years, digitizing their photographs and records and posting their stories on social media. But it was only last month that she was able to launch the website Black Canadian Veterans Stories, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada.”

Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities (Cornell Chronicle)

Cornell Chronicle: Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities. “The ILR School and Community Tech NY are launching the New York State Digital Equity Portal Dec. 7 in partnership with the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Library and the John R. Oishei Foundation. The portal is an interactive, online data mapping tool for communities and individuals seeking data to inform broadband adoption and improve digital equity for millions of New York state residents without wired internet access.”

The Verge: This AI art app is a glimpse at the future of synthetic media

The Verge: This AI art app is a glimpse at the future of synthetic media. “If you’ve been hanging out on Twitter lately, then you’ve probably noticed a profusion of AI-generated images sprouting all over your timeline like weird, algorithmic visions. These pictures have been generated using a new app called Dream, which lets anyone create ‘AI-powered paintings’ by simply typing a brief description of what they want to see. It’s odd, often uncanny stuff — and extremely fun.” Warning: massive timesink.

Scienmag: Global database of plants reveals human activity biggest driver of homogenization of plant communities

Scienmag: Global database of plants reveals human activity biggest driver of homogenization of plant communities. “In a study published December 6 in Nature Communications researchers have compiled a dataset of over 200,000 plant species worldwide to demonstrate the extent to which species extinctions and non-native invasive plants reorganize plant communities in the Anthropocene, the current geological age dominated by human activity.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: ICIJ releases new Pandora Papers data from two offshore service providers

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: ICIJ releases new Pandora Papers data from two offshore service providers. “With the addition of more than 15,000 companies, foundations and trusts, ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks database now has information on more than 800,000 entities registered in secrecy jurisdictions coming from five different investigations.”

Penn State University: Libraries launches Library Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Pennsylvania History

Penn State University: Libraries launches Library Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Pennsylvania History. “Penn State University Libraries recently completed development of a new Library Guide to Indigenous Peoples in Pennsylvania History. Finalized in November, in time for the observance of Native American Heritage Month, the Library Guide is a collection of resources related to the history of Native Americans in Pennsylvania, including maps, treaties and land appropriations.”

Devex: Tracking food waste and loss is hard. A new database makes it easier

Devex: Tracking food waste and loss is hard. A new database makes it easier. “A new database is collecting research on post-harvest food loss and waste to help inform policymakers and academic researchers as they seek to reduce the estimated one-third of food that is grown but not consumed…. The database, which launched in November, currently contains more than 200 papers with information from more than 80 countries and 22 crops.”

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore. “As bird-watching takes flight in Singapore, a group of 17 enthusiasts wants to tap the growing network of birdwatchers here by creating an online platform that allows people to submit their sightings of these rarities. The Singapore Birds Project last month published the first edition of its rare species database, featuring over 150 species. A rare bird is one that has been seen three times or fewer in a year, or belongs to a species that has been recorded more often but can be challenging to identify in the field.”

Family Safety & Health: New online tool shows the way to healthier food choices

Family Safety & Health: New online tool shows the way to healthier food choices. “Food Compass is a nutrient profiling system that looks at more than 8,000 foods’ nutrients, ingredients, processing characteristics and additives, among other characteristics, and grades their healthfulness on a scale of 1 to 100. Experts encourage regular consumption of foods that have a score of 70-100. Foods with scores of 31-69 should be eaten moderately, and those in the 1-30 score range should be minimized.”