Fresno State News: State Lands Commission Partners With Madden Library To Digitize Map Collection. “The California State Lands Commission has entered into a contract with Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library to digitize the remainder of its map collection — about 50,000 maps — over the next three years. This continued contract follows an $87,000 grant over the past year to digitize about 20,000 maps.”
BBC: What3words: The app that can save your life. “Kicked. Converged. Soccer. These three randomly chosen words saved Jess Tinsley and her friends after they got lost in a forest on a dark, wet night. They had planned a five-mile circular stroll through the 4,900 acre (2,000 hectare) woodland Hamsterley Forest, in County Durham, on Sunday evening, but after three hours they were hopelessly lost.”
The Next Web: Map reveals which cities use Ring’s surveillance network to spy on you. “An engineering student in Illinois has put together a handy map to help pinpoint locations where police are tapped into Ring’s surveillance network. Ring, a company best known for smart doorbells and home security cameras, has a massive network of these cameras installed, some of which are being used for surveillance purposes by police in certain cities.”
CBC: Hear Indigenous language speakers from around the globe through Google Earth. “Users of Google Earth are now able to hear over 50 Indigenous language speakers from across the globe saying words and simple phrases and even singing traditional songs. The project, called Celebrating Indigenous Languages, is designed to honour the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.”
1888PressRelease: New Website to Find Black Owned Eateries in Every Town (PRESS RELEASE). “Supporting minority owned businesses is very important for the economy. Finding these businesses is not always an easy task. That was the driving force for Edward Dillard to create Eat Black Owned. He set out to design a website for visitors to easily find black owned restaurants, cafes, diners, and bakeries.” I checked a 20-mile radius of my town, and it found several businesses but I know there are others it missed. Obviously a work in progress but enough there to make it worth a visit.
Phys .org: Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn. “A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications.”
Ars Technica: FCC finally orders ISPs to say exactly where they offer broadband. “The Federal Communications Commission voted today to collect more accurate data about which parts of the US have broadband and which parts lack high-speed connectivity. From now on, home Internet providers will have to give the FCC geospatial maps of where they provide service instead of merely reporting which census blocks they offer service in.”