4WWL: New database makes veteran-owned businesses easy to find

4WWL: New database makes veteran-owned businesses easy to find. “The Louisiana Veterans First business initiative launched Thursday. The program promotes veteran-owned businesses through certification, in-business displays, and an online database. The goal is to encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned businesses.”

Ars Technica: Louisiana declares state of emergency in response to ransomware attack

Ars Technica: Louisiana declares state of emergency in response to ransomware attack. “Louisiana’s declaration of a state of emergency follows a model established by Colorado in the wake of a ransomware attack there in March 2018. In Colorado, the declaration of emergency only came after a week the Colorado Office of Information Technology’s overwhelmed and short-staffed IT department spent trying to disinfect more than 2,000 infected machines. Declaring a state of emergency allows the National Guard’s resources and personnel to be brought in.”

NOLA: After a Facebook fracas, online map, new support network for black New Orleans restaurants

NOLA: After a Facebook fracas, online map, new support network for black New Orleans restaurants. “In mid-July, with some unexpected time on his hands as Tropical Storm Barry effectively shut down the city, [Westley] Bayas decided to do something about it. He created an online map to help connect the dots, and connect more people with more of these restaurants, the Where Black NOLA Eat maps (see the map here and below). Today it shows 116 businesses, from full-service restaurants to bars and sno-ball stands.”

Kickstarter Project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers

Sounds like an awesome Kickstarter project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers . “Currently, the entire collection is housed safely at our New Orleans headquarters where it will stay in the original Mylar sleeves until we have the full capability to process and re-enter it into record with our proposed unprecedented image quality and data utility. Our next major undertaking is to scan and digitize the entire New Orleans DNA holdings–over 500,000 sides of newsprint & special supplements, mostly from The Daily Picayune and Times-Picayune from 1888-1929, a collection unrivaled in both continuity and condition.”

In Development: A Google Spreadsheet of Alternative Bands and Musical Acts in Louisiana

In development: a Google Spreadsheet of alternative bands and musical artists in Louisiana. I know this seems like kind of an odd topic, but there are already over 250 bands listed. From the Welcome tab: “Here, you will find an up-to-date directory of alternative bands and artists in Louisiana, sorted by city. Please see the tabs at the bottom to see each city’s list, or view all bands at once in the ‘All’ tab.”

The Advocate: Tracking family history of enslaved ancestors in Louisiana? Donaldsonville museum can help

The Advocate: Tracking family history of enslaved ancestors in Louisiana? Donaldsonville museum can help. “Researching family history for African-Americans in Louisiana often means traveling to parish courthouses to pull old records of slavery, the conveyance documents that in jarringly neat handwriting detail the buying and selling of human beings. There’s an effort underway that would make the process far easier. The River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville has partnered with a genealogy website affiliated with the Mormon church for a pilot project that will use mostly volunteers to make slave conveyance records dating from 1777 to 1861 in Ascension Parish easier to find online.”