Ecotextile: World’s first free digital map of apparel factories. “The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide.”
Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London. “Thousands of never-before-seen images documenting Thames Water’s past and the growth of London are now available to the public after a mammoth archiving project. The historic photographs of iconic and critical sites, including Walthamstow reservoirs, Abbey Mills pumping station and Beckton sewage works, from across the capital span almost a century, from 1886 to 1976, and can be downloaded for free.”
The Daily Beast: Reps. Greg Walden and Kevin McCarthy Get Tons of Money From Big Pharma. “As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database, ‘Pharma Cash to Congress,’ tracking up to 10 years of pharmaceutical company contributions to any or all members of Congress, illuminating drugmakers’ efforts to influence legislation.”
Cosmopolitan South Africa: Africa’s Official Database Of GIFs is Here!. “If you don’t scroll past at least one GIF per day, you haven’t lived. They’ve pretty much taken over the online space but up until now, there haven’t been that many local GIFs available to use. That’s where 22-year-old, Lelo Macheke comes in! The Johannesburg native has launched GOWISHA or aka Africa’s Official Database Of GIFs – and we’re obsessed!” I mentioned Mr. Macheke in 2017, but at that point his collection was a GIPHY page. This seems much more extensive.
PR Newswire: Google, Facebook, and Twitter Release Data on Political Ads (More or Less) (PRESS RELEASE). “Using cutting-edge machine learning and data scraping tools, computer scientists at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering today released the first database and analysis of political advertising based on more than 884,000 ads identified by Google, Twitter, and Facebook. The team launched their user-friendly Online Political Ads Transparency Project in July with data from Facebook, which was the first company to provide it. But the researchers were forced to switch techniques when Facebook blocked their data collection two weeks later. Today’s report is the first to include not only Facebook (including Instagram), but data newly shared by Twitter and Google.”
Lethbridge Herald: Galt Museum goes digital with online database. “It’s a winning combination: Archival items covering more than 100 years, and the latest in digital access. That’s the story at the Galt Museum and Archives, home to more than 20,000 historic objects and more than 900,000 archival documents and photos. And now, they’ve available online anywhere in the world.”
Outsourcing Pharma: Researchers target clinical trial recruitment challenges with online database. “Researchers recently published a report in the journal Clinical Trials discussing the Recruitment Research in Clinical triAls (ORRCA) project, which provides a searchable, online database of research relevant to clinical trial recruitment.”