Stanford, Getty ,Textiles, More: Evening Buzz, September 7th, 2014

Suffolk University has launched a new digital collections site.

A new Facebook tool will give your privacy settings a checkup. (Warning! PC World!)

Oregon State University is starting a crowdsourcing project to digitize letters from the start of the Cold War. “After the atomic attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II, America’s jubilation at the ending of the conflict turned to fear as the real implications of nuclear war began to sink in. In 1946, Albert Einstein founded the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists to educate the public on the dangers of atomic warfare and the mounting need for world peace…. The exhibit includes documents and letters to and from the nine scientists making up the committee, including appeals for donations to support the group’s mission of peace. Though only a portion of the collection has been loaded into the exhibit so far, each letter will be digitized and available for reading within the exhibit. Special Collections is crowdsourcing transcription of the letters, and encourages viewers to help create a full-text database of the letters’ contents.”

The state of Washington has launched an online database showing the levels of toxic chemicals in products. “Products in the database so far include children’s and baby’s items, clothing, personal care items, and toys. Information on more product types, such as children’s upholstered furniture, electrical and electronic items, and office and art supplies, will be added in the future.”

Stanford has released the new Revs Digital Library. “The digital trove is a Stanford University Libraries project for the Revs Program on campus. The new content comes from the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida. Thanks to a gift from Revs Institute president Miles Collier, Stanford Libraries recently launched the online site, which includes nearly 200,000 images from 12 collections.”

Speaking of images, Getty is suing Microsoft over the new Bing Image Widget. “The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Getty Images, a leading photo repository, against cross-town Microsoft essentially alleges that Bing is making it too easy to steal copyrighted images, whether they are owned by Getty or not.”

A new online textile collection is now available. “The Textile Hive is a new web initiative that serves to make the contents of the Andrea Aranow Textile Archive accessible for fashion educators, individuals, and organisations – with an innovative app and membership program.” It doesn’t look like the membership program has quite launched yet.

Twitter has launched its own bug bounty program. Minimum payout? $140. Good evening, Internet…

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