KLCC: Oregon launches database to track public investments. “The Oregon Department of Treasury has launched a new tool to track how the state invests. The agency manages nearly $100 billion in public employee retirement funds. Around 400,000 public workers are beneficiaries. It means Oregon is a shareholder in publicly traded companies around the world. Previously, if you wanted details on how Oregon used its shareholder votes, you’d need to make a public records request. State Treasurer Tobias Read said now, all that is online.”
Future of Privacy Project: The PrivaSeer Project In 2023: Access To 1.4 Million Privacy Policies In One Searchable Body Of Documents. “In the summer of 2021, FPF announced our participation in a collaborative project with researchers from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan to develop and build a searchable database of privacy policies and other privacy-related documents, with the support of the National Science Foundation. This project, PrivaSeer, has since become an evolving, publicly available search engine of more than 1.4 million privacy policies.” I did mention this project a couple of years ago but it seems to have grown considerably since then.
StateScoop: New website catalogs states’ digital-transformation executive orders. “The new website includes a data dashboard and database of executive orders. It compiles and analyzes executive orders spanning the last decade. Users can search the orders by group or filter them by state or territory, year of enactment or topic. The group also highlighted a handful of executive orders that represent bold action, such as Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s order creating the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience.”
Tulane University: Tulane showcases AI expertise through new online hub. “The website also includes guidelines for ethical and responsible use of AI, a news section highlighting AI research at Tulane and a section where the Tulane community can learn about upcoming workshops and training opportunities. In the coming months, the site will feature Tulane’s latest findings on how artificial intelligence can better support its research and teaching missions as well as its students and faculty. It will also spotlight how documentation and proposals are prepared via AI and how data and other scholarly materials are accessed and organized.”
The Oklahoman: New executive order makes it easier for tribal nations to access federal funds. “The executive order also creates a ‘one-stop-shop’ for federal funding to be available to tribes and Native American businesses through a database called the Tribal Access to Capital Clearinghouse, which was launched at the Tribal Summit, the White House said.”
Adler University: Digitization project preserves archival videos of founders’ teachings, lectures. “The Adler University Library and the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship are nearing the completion of digitizing over 260 archival videos featuring sessions and lectures of the University’s founding members…. Organized by topical playlists, the collection contains videos featuring founders and early instructors of the Institute of Adlerian Psychology.”
University of Utah: 1852 Legislative Session: This Abominable Slavery. “During the 1852 Utah legislative session, a passionate debate ensued over voting rights for Black men. Legislator and Latter-day Saint apostle Orson Pratt argued that Black men should be allowed to vote, while territorial governor and Latter-day Saint president Brigham Young strongly disagreed. … This debate, along with other legislative battles and religious pronouncements can be examined in full in a new digital database called This Abominable Slavery.”
Last month and I missed it, from ScotlandsPeople: News Article: Scottish Women’s Land Army records released. “We are pleased to announce that the records of almost 10,000 women who served with the Scottish Women’s Land Army (SWLA) and Women’s Timber Corps (WTC) from 1939 to 1950 have been digitised and are now available online to search and view on ScotlandsPeople. These records are a valuable source for tracing an individual’s service and gaining a wider perspective on the work of the SWLA and WTC.”
American Archive of Public Broadcasting: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting Preserves 2,000 Le Show Programs for the Nation. “This December, to mark the fortieth anniversary of celebrated actor, author, director, musician, political satirist and broadcaster Harry Shearer’s weekly hour-long public radio series Le Show, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media producer GBH, is launching the Le Show Collection, a publicly accessible digital archive of more than 2,000 hours of broadcasts, stretching back over the past four decades.”
Interfax-Ukraine: NACP launches open database of foreign components in Russian and Iranian weapons. “The National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) is launching the world’s first open database of foreign components used by the Russian Federation and Iran in unmanned aerial vehicles, missiles, electronic warfare systems and other types of weapons and military equipment, the NACP website reported.” The site is available in Ukrainian, English, and Russian.
Nature: A database of hourly wind speed and modeled generation for US wind plants based on three meteorological models. “PLUSWIND provides wind speeds and estimated generation on an hourly basis at almost all wind plants across the contiguous United States from 2018–2021. The repository contains wind speeds and generation based on three different meteorological models: ERA5, MERRA2, and HRRR. Data are publicly accessible in simple csv files. Modeled generation is compared to regional and plant records, which highlights model biases and errors and how they differ by model, across regions, and across time frames.”
Digital NC: Fruits of Labor World Cultural Center Shares Labor Organizing Materials. “Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center is located in Raleigh, NC but there work goes far beyond Raleigh. The digitized materials reflects the organizing efforts of national, local and sub-local chapters of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America labor union.”
Wikimedia Foundation: Introducing Wikifunctions: first Wikimedia project to launch in a decade creates new forms of knowledge. “The project will enable volunteer editors to collaboratively create and maintain a library of functions to answer questions and enhance knowledge on Wikimedia projects and beyond. A ‘function’ is a sequence of programming instructions that makes a calculation based on data provided. Internet users most commonly encounter functions when entering queries on search engines, such as the time difference between two cities, the distance between two locations, or the volume of an object.”
University of Utah: Scrapbooks show climbing history of Utah in the 1960s. “The scrapbooks contain black-and-white photographs taken by Club members during their climbs, as well as clippings from local Salt Lake City newspapers and climbing magazines, typed reflections from club members about climbs, written descriptions and drawings of climbing routes, communications and agendas related to club activities, and other ephemera, including a cloth Alpenbock Club patch. The scrapbooks contain routes and reports from other climbing areas, including the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.”
The 74: Exclusive: Free New AI Tool to Help Americans Search and Compare Student Test Scores Across All 50 States. “Scheduled to go live today, the new website sports a simple interface that allows users to query it conversationally, as they would a search engine or AI chatbot, to plumb math and English language arts data in grades 3-8. At the moment, there are no firm plans to add high school-level data.”
I spent a little time with this. It looks to me like the AI part is mostly to give the search natural language powers. The search engine knows how to say “I don’t know” and provides you with the SQL query that generated the response you see (and explains the query if you need it.) More solid and transparent than the “AI” in the headline might lead you to believe.