NC Genealogy, Female Filmmakers, Maine Documentaries, More: Tuesday Buzz, May 17, 2016


Some of the Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society has been digitized and put online. “15 volumes of the Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society are now available on DigitalNC, contributed by the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.”

A database of Nordic women in filmmaking is expanding globally. “The Swedish Film Institute continues its pioneering work to achieve gender equality in film, including the launch of a new website that will be “a kind of Wikipedia” for female filmmakers. At, there are already 700 filmmakers listed, from cinema’s start in 1895 to today. The list will be expanded globally.”

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies now has a digital archive. From the site’s About page: “The Salt Story Archive contains almost 16,000 images, 495 radio stories, 849 writing projects, 251 short documentary video projects, more than 500 articles in 56 publications, and 3 books created by over 1,000 Salt storytellers who have attended The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies since it began in 1973. Within all of those files almost 3,000 subjects fields have been tagged so that they are fully discoverable on this site…. Take a look around and you’ll find yourself jumping from a tale of lobstering in the ’70’s to a story exploring the lives of new immigrants looking to call Maine home. You’ll discover work documenting everything from the back-to-the-land movement, rural poverty, boatbuilders, hunting and migrant farmers to gender diversity, alleged alien abductions and cold-case crimes.”

Google has officially launched sharing tool Google Spaces. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in. When someone shares something new to a space, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a beat. And if you ever want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, comments or even images—a quick search lets you pull it up in a snap.” Would you like a Space for resources I post on ResearchBuzz? This would be in addition to, not instead of, the Web site.


Microsoft is apparently now providing a date and time for those Windows 10 updates. And yes, Windows 10 does upgrade without making you agree to a EULA. It happened at work last week and the guy to whom it happened couldn’t find his files again. I fixed it. Bleh.

Why did this take so long? YouTube for iOS now supports Google Cardboard. “YouTube for iOS has been updated today with Google Cardboard support, allowing for all videos to be watched in VR mode on iPhone. The functionality was previously limited to the YouTube app on Android smartphones since November 2015.”

Bleh: Google’s image search is going to get ads. “Google is launching its shopping ads on Images. They will be displayed at the very top of the results. The line of ads will only be displayed on mobile, for now, the ads will be for sponsored items that are related to what you search for.”


This looks useful: How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists. “From vaccinations to climate change, getting science wrong has very real consequences. But journal articles, a primary way science is communicated in academia, are a different format to newspaper articles or blogs and require a level of skill and undoubtedly a greater amount of patience. Here Jennifer Raff has prepared a helpful guide for non-scientists on how to read a scientific paper. These steps and tips will be useful to anyone interested in the presentation of scientific findings and raise important points for scientists to consider with their own writing practice.”

From MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Use Tinder that Aren’t Hooking Up. Since I’ve been married for over 20 years, I’ve never even thought to look at Tinder. Interesting ideas.


Facebook has launched Free Basics in Nigeria. “According to, Nigeria’s Free Basics will offer over 85 services focused on health, finance, job searches and education. Facebook also claims that the service has helped bring over 25 million people online.”


Remember when I mentioned Google having access to NHS patient data? Apparently that deal does not have regulatory approval – and Google says such approval is not necessary. “Under section 251 of the NHS Act 2006, sharing identifiable health data requires the consent of patients whose data is being shared. Where that consent cannot reasonably be given in practice – in large research projects, for example – those handling the data must go through an ethical approval process via the Confidentiality Advisory Group that culminates with consent being given on patients’ behalf by the UK Secretary of State for Health – currently Jeremy Hunt. DeepMind does not appear in the Health Research Authority database of approved applications, which is updated every two weeks. Google has said that its activities are not bound by such a requirement since patient consent for what it is doing is implied.” It seems to me that for some things you should not settle for “implied.”


Don Martin’s birthday is this week, and while poking around the Internet I found a huge list of 1200 onomatopoeia used by Don Martin in his comics. Good morning, Internet…

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