New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out

New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out. “Since last year, Ms. [Ifeoma] Ozoma, 29, a former employee of Pinterest, Facebook and Google, has emerged as a central figure among tech whistle-blowers. The Yale-educated daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she has supported and mentored tech workers who needed help speaking out, pushed for more legal protections for those employees and urged tech companies and their shareholders to change their whistle-blower policies.”

5 best free photo layout apps (Mashable)

Mashable: 5 best free photo layout apps . “Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren’t conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skills. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there.”

University of Barcelona: A Virtual Museum for the 21st century

University of Barcelona: A Virtual Museum for the 21st century. “The new Virtual Museum of the UB (MVUB), which incorporates new software improving the previous one, opened this Monday, November 15. Four new collections have been added to the seventeen that it had until now, in a new, more modern interface that improves its usability. New features have also been added: virtual exhibitions by theme, and access to the virtual tour of the Historic Building in Catalan, Spanish and English.”

The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS (UCAR)

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS. “After more than 10 years in service as a long-term repository for curated data archives and modeling data, NCAR [National Center for Atmospheric Research]’s High-Performance Storage System (HPSS) was officially retired on October 1, 2021. The tape archive made its debut in March 2011 as a follow-on to the 25-year-old NCAR Mass Storage System (MSS). During the transition from MSS, some 70 million files – approximately 12 petabytes of data – were migrated into HPSS. At its peak in early 2020, the volume of data archived in HPSS had grown to more than 93 petabytes and 300 million files.”

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products. “The new database contains information provided by about 6,000 companies, which are required to notify [European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)] if they market products that contain ‘substances of very high concern’ at concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight. Lead compounds, found in products such as batteries, automotive parts, and crystalware, are the most common substances in the database.”

Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers

Mashable: Meet TikTok’s Spotify influencers. “The new iteration of music bloggers is TikTokkers with wildly popular Spotify playlists. Some TikTokkers have gained popularity from sharing their musical tastes in videos based around their unique or relatable Spotify playlists. These users have thousands of followers on both TikTok and Spotify, and the music industry is taking notice of their influence.”

Museums+Heritage Advisor: New funding opportunities launched as Paul Mellon Centre film series champions properly funded research

Museums+Heritage Advisor: New funding opportunities launched as Paul Mellon Centre film series champions properly funded research. “Telling previously unknown or seldom told stories unearthed by recipients of its funding awards, one of six films charting a broad range of topics will be released each week from today. Shot on location at venues including the British Museum and the British School at Rome, the short films – each no longer than six minutes to ensure maximum impact – have been conceived not only to highlight intriguing new research but to make the case for the importance of properly funded scholarship.”

MakeUseOf: How to Set Up Your Own Website in 2 Hours or Less

MakeUseOf: How to Set Up Your Own Website in 2 Hours or Less. “About a decade ago, if you wanted to build even the most basic websites, you would have needed to spend lots of hours writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript—or you would have had to pay someone to do it for you. Thankfully, times have changed, and you can have a stunning website up and running in very little time. If you follow all the steps we’ll share with you, you shouldn’t need any more than two hours!” Okay I HATE this lede. I was running a perfectly fine Web site in 1998 – over two decades ago – using Microsoft FrontPage. It was a WYSIWYG editor and my basic HTML skills were only required for doing a little code cleanup (WYSIWYG code was awful back then.) But the rest of the article is quite good. If you ever […]

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches AR Challenge to Improve Navigation of Public Transit

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches AR Challenge to Improve Navigation of Public Transit. “In late June, the city, one of StateTech’s smart cities to watch, announced a new challenge through its SmartCityPHL program, dubbed ‘SEPTA for All: Augmenting Transit with Augmented Reality.’ The challenge, which just closed to new applications, asks innovators to present their best ideas for increasing accessibility with augmented reality technology.”

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: UMBC launches Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: UMBC launches Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing. “Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced the launch of the Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing (MIIC) at UMBC during a cybersecurity summit in Annapolis. The MIIC will address pressing challenges related to computing, analytics, and workforce in state agencies, with a focus on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data science. UMBC faculty, students and staff will work with MIIC partners to provide expertise on the complex process of recovering from cyberattacks.”