Danish Energy Agency: The Ukraine-Denmark Energy Center launches advanced database with open and transparent energy data

Danish Energy Agency: The Ukraine-Denmark Energy Center launches advanced database with open and transparent energy data. “The State Statistics Service of Ukraine (SSSU) and the Danish Energy Agency have launched a database covering three decades of previously disconnected energy data. By documenting developments in energy supply and consumption, the database could play a crucial part in visualizing possible scenarios for reaching Ukraine’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy independence targets.”

Ukranian Weekly: Ohio State University’s Slavic Center and Ukrainian Museum-Archives sign memorandum of understanding

Ukrainian Weekly: Ohio State University’s Slavic Center and Ukrainian Museum-Archives sign memorandum of understanding. “The Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) and Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) are academic and research leaders in a field that increasingly figures in American and global economic, geopolitical and cultural interests. The Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA) in Cleveland is a leading repository of Ukrainian historical and cultural materials. On November 15, CSEES and the UMA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize an already existing 20-year partnership.”

112 International: Entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year, – PM

112 International: Entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year, – PM. “Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk said that the entire territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year. The PM wrote about this on his Facebook page. ‘The whole territory of Ukraine will be digitized next year! An international tender for the implementation of such aerial photography has already been announced. This means that Ukraine will have high-quality and accurate 3D models of forests, industrial facilities, as well as classifications of buildings, vegetation, power lines and much more,’ – said the prime minister.”

Neowin: Apple ‘taking a deeper look’ at how it handles disputed borders

Neowin: Apple ‘taking a deeper look’ at how it handles disputed borders. “Earlier this week, the changes to Apple’s Crimea map were announced by State Duma, Russian parliament’s lower house, describing the former boundaries as an ‘inaccuracy’. As a result of this, Apple received widespread Ukrainian condemnation and has now stated that it is “taking a deeper look” at how it handles disputed borders.”

Jewish Heritage Europe: New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU

Jewish Heritage Europe: New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU. “The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF) has inaugurated a new web site dedicated to its ongoing, EU co-funded survey and mapping project of 1,500 Jewish cemeteries in five countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The site includes an open access data base including all the cemetery sites being surveyed by ESJF teams in 2019-2020.”

The New York Times: In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering

The New York Times: In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering. “Unlike the 2016 interference in the United States, which centered on fake Facebook pages created by Russians in faraway St. Petersburg, the operation in Ukraine this year had a clever twist. It tried to circumvent Facebook’s new safeguards by paying Ukrainian citizens to give a Russian agent access to their personal pages.”

UNIAN: Admins of some popular Ukrainian pages operate from Russia, new Facebook rules reveal

UNIAN: Admins of some popular Ukrainian pages operate from Russia, new Facebook rules reveal. “Facebook is now offering users an opportunity to see from which countries pages they might like or follow are managed. The innovation allowed Ukrainian users to find out that a number of Facebook Pages, including those promoting ‘patriotic’ content, are in fact administered from the Russian Federation, the country that has been waging hybrid war against Ukraine for almost five years, including with the use of information warfare aimed to destabilize its neighbor and regain control over the territory Moscow believes must remain part of its ‘area of influence.’”

Lonely Planet: Google has digitised the Kyiv region with a VR sightseeing experience

Lonely Planet: Google has digitised the Kyiv region with a VR sightseeing experience. “The project, done in partnership with the Kyiv City Administration, has resulted in digitising more than 3000 objects in Kyiv and its surroundings. The website includes an interactive map featuring photos, 3D tours, 3D panoramas and audio guides of the main tourist attractions of the Ukrainian capital and the wider region. The map is easy to use and shows both popular attractions and lesser-known sights.”

Launching This Month: A Digital Archive of Ukranian Folklore/Music

Launching May 19th — a digital archive of Ukranian folklore. From the site’s homepage: “Polyphony Project is proudly presenting the archives of a disappearing European heritage created to preserve the living tradition of Ukrainian vocal music. Our mission involves recording the intangible heritage of rural Ukraine in state-of-the-art sound and image quality, launching the archives and implementing online learning functions in order to integrate knowledge accumulated by generations into modern society.” There is a video on Facebook of five women who I believe are in the upcoming archive. For the first few minutes they just talk, but at about 3:05 they start singing and WOW. If you’re into vocal harmony groups like Sweet Honey in the Rock, do yourself a favor and watch that video.

Government for the People: Ukraine’s Paperwork Online (Ukraine Business Journal)

Ukraine Business Journal: Government for the People: Ukraine’s Paperwork Online. “Historically, getting official paperwork done in Ukraine — or anywhere — doesn’t happen fast. Kyiv city streets are dotted with signs for public notaries but government procedures remain paperbound and bureaucratic. But times are changing. Europe, the US and Ukraine civil society press the government here to reform. With rising pressure for efficiency and transparency, paperbound bureaucracy increasingly looks very 20th century. Instead politicians, NGO workers and enterprising techies are developing e-government platforms to fight corruption and make government more accessible to citizens.”

EurekAlert: RAND identifies new strategies for countering Russian social media

EurekAlert: RAND identifies new strategies for countering Russian social media . “A new RAND Corporation report finds that Russia is waging a social media campaign in the Baltics, Ukraine and nearby states to sow dissent against neighboring governments, as well as NATO and the European Union. In addition to employing a state-funded multi-lingual television network, operating various pro-government news websites and working through Russian-backed ‘civil society’ organizations, Russia also employs a sophisticated social media campaign that includes news tweets, non-attributed comments on web pages, troll and bot social media accounts, and fake hashtag and Twitter campaigns.”