Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library

Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library. “The Biblioteca Estense Universitaria has recently launched a new digital platform which brings the institution’s rich and varied collections to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars and whoever takes an interest in them. The platform, called the Estense Digital Library (EDL for short), contains the library’s entire collection of maps and musical documents, as well as the archives of Ludovico Antonio Muratori (1672 – 1750), an eminent Italian scholar who was archivist and librarian at the Estense Court in the first half of the 18th century. In total, about 8,453 documents are now available on EDL, and we plan to add a thousand more in the coming year. Users will be able to leaf through these precious and fragile documents through 750,000 high-resolution images.”

Poynter: Here’s a spreadsheet of COVID-19 superspreader events from around the world

Poynter: Here’s a spreadsheet of COVID-19 superspreader events from around the world. “The database describes where the event happened, what kind of location it was (such as a prison, meat processing plant, nursing home, etc.) and, interestingly, provides the geographic coordinates that make it easy to map. Look at the U.S. data and you will be overwhelmed by the number of these superspreader events that were in prisons, a few weddings and nursing homes.”

University of Arkansas Little Rock: UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas

University of Arkansas Little Rock: UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas. “The center has completed a two-year research project, ‘Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas,’ that includes a website and interactive touchscreen table that visually maps the journey of American Indians who journeyed through Arkansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The project was funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.”

WGRZ: Craving a craft brew? New website will tell you the best places in NYS to find one

WGRZ: Craving a craft brew? New website will tell you the best places in NYS to find one. “A new virtual passport will showcase and promote 200 craft breweries that closely surround the 750-mile Empire State Trail. The new website is a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the New York State Brewers Association. It encourages New Yorkers to visit breweries within ten miles of the trail which spans the entire state.”

TechRadar: Gamers are fixing Microsoft Flight Simulator with Google Maps

TechRadar: Gamers are fixing Microsoft Flight Simulator with Google Maps. “Over on the official Flight Simulator forums, the difference in photogrammetry quality (the art of extracting 3D information from photographs) between Bing and Google has been highlighted, and visual comparisons between the two are noticeably apparent.”

Fast Company: How many people have voted so far in 2020? This live map and state database will tell you

New-to-me, from Fast Company: How many people have voted so far in 2020? This live map and state database will tell you . “In the interest of cutting to the chase, your suspicions are correct: A record number of people are voting before Election Day this year, and, yes, a lot of them are Democrats. That’s according to the latest data from the U.S. Elections Project, a website and portal that tracks early voting numbers.”

Yale Daily News: New YSPH model helps citizens and policymakers monitor COVID-19 spread

Yale Daily News: New YSPH model helps citizens and policymakers monitor COVID-19 spread. “Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and the T. H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health created a new tool, called covidestim, to track current COVID-19 cases on a state-by-state and county-by-county basis. The technology takes into account the latest information on the number of reported cases, death counts and disease severity to provide accurate information about the pandemic to citizens. Access to the online model is free to the general public.”

The Next Web: AI helps produce world’s largest 3D map of the universe

The Next Web: AI helps produce world’s largest 3D map of the universe. “Scientists at the University of Hawaii’s Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have used AI to produce the world’s largest 3D catalog of stars, galaxies, and quasars. The team developed the map using an optical survey of three-quarters of the sky produced by the Pan-STARRS observatory on Haleakalā, Maui.”

Reuters: Best-kept secret? Google move shows mapping risks

Reuters: Best-kept secret? Google move shows mapping risks. “Governments and technology companies are mapping much of the Earth with satellite imagery, drones and virtual reality to modernise land records or for virtual tours. But in doing so, they may be putting indigenous communities or those living in informal settlements at greater risk of eviction, illegal logging and other threats, human rights campaigners and mappers say.”

Engadget: Google Maps’ ‘Live View’ AR feature gets landmarks and improved accuracy

Engadget: Google Maps’ ‘Live View’ AR feature gets landmarks and improved accuracy. “Google Maps is continuing to update and improve its ‘Live View’ AR feature, with new capabilities like showing the relative location of landmarks and more accurate locations for pins, according to an announcement on the Google blog. Live View originally launched last May, and uses your camera to visually guide you along a route using large arrows and pins.”

Fast Company: This new tool pinpoints the communities most in need of disaster relief

Fast Company: This new tool pinpoints the communities most in need of disaster relief. “A partnership between GiveDirectly and Google.org aims to smooth the process of delivering funds to the people who require them most urgently. The charity, the largest in the world that assists via direct cash transfers only, and the tech giant have launched Delphi, an online tool that allows aid organizations to pinpoint the specific locations, down to granular zip-code level, most in need of assistance. The data-driven effort creates scores based on the overlap between two metrics—poverty level and destruction of property—then ranks and shows those neighborhoods visually in Google Maps.”

EurekAlert: Is your drinking water toxic? This app may help you find out

EurekAlert: Is your drinking water toxic? This app may help you find out. “Exposure to hydraulic fracturing fluid in drinking water has been shown to increase the risk of respiratory problems, premature births, congenital heart defects, and other medical problems. But not all wells are created equal…. Now, a new, interactive tool created by Penn Medicine researchers allows community members and scientists to find out which toxins may be lurking in their drinking water as a result of fracking.”

CNN: The Cherokee Nation reservation is now visible on Google Maps

CNN: The Cherokee Nation reservation is now visible on Google Maps. “The reservation boundaries include 7,000 miles nestled in northeastern Oklahoma. Borders for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole reservations — all in Oklahoma — have also been added in the last few weeks.”