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Email Archiving, Kent State Shootings, Missouri Voters, More: Wednesday Buzz, November 2, 2016

NEW RESOURCES

A new task force will consider approaches in preserving email archives. “While archivists, technologists, librarians, and others continue to make progress in capturing, preserving, and providing access to various forms of digital expression, email has remained resistant to a variety of efforts at preservation and is currently not systematically acquired by most archives and libraries. Part of the challenge is that email exists as a complicated interaction of technical subsystems for composition, transport, viewing, and storage. Creating email archives involves multiple processes including acquisition and appraisal of collections, processing records, meeting privacy and legal considerations, preserving messages and attachments, and facilitating access.”

The Kent State Shootings will get a new digital archive. “Kent State Shootings: Actions and Reactions, co-directed by Cara Gilgenbach, head of Special Collections and Archives, and Virginia Dressler, digital projects librarian, aims to digitally scan original materials from a variety of collections that are part of University Libraries’ May 4 archive to present a range of reactions to the events surrounding May 4, 1970, which left four students dead and nine students wounded by Ohio Army National Guard troops. Included in the project are faculty collections containing correspondence received from students whose coursework was cut short by the shootings; Kent State administrative records and community reactions, such as those represented in the papers of LeRoy Satrom, mayor of the city of Kent in May 1970; reactions from college students across the country and around the world; and artistic responses to this pivotal moment in United States’ history.”

Missouri voters have a new online resource. “Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander unveiled a new tool for voters to utilize ahead of next week’s election on Tuesday. The Missouri voter outreach center … allows voters to view their candidates and ballot measures, find their districts and look up their polling places for elections.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google’s Daydream View is coming to stores November 10th. “From hitting bat-breaking homeruns to journeying to the rings of Saturn, immerse yourself in high quality, mobile VR with Daydream View. Mark your calendar today for November 10th and follow us on Twitter and Google+ to get the latest on new apps and games coming to Daydream.”

USEFUL STUFF

Instapaper Premium is now free for everybody. “For existing Instapaper Premium users, we’ll offer prorated refunds for your current subscription, and you’ll no longer be billed for Instapaper Premium. Thanks for your support throughout the years, we appreciate it. All users will continue to have an ad-free Instapaper app experience, and we’re eliminating ads on the web entirely.”

Good stuff from Online Tech Tips: How to Find Hidden & Saved Passwords in Windows. “As you go about your day logging into various websites in your browser or accessing protected file shares on the network, Windows stealthy works in the background and may or may not store your credentials in various locations within the operating system. These usernames and passwords may end up in the registry, within credential files, or within the Windows Vault. The credentials are stored in encrypted format, but can easily be decrypted using your Windows password. In this article, I’m going to show several tools you can use to view these hidden passwords on your system.”

HubSpot: How to Use Twitter Polls to Engage Your Audience: 13 Examples From Real Brands. “In the not-so ancient past, Twitter users used to tweet out makeshift polls and use likes, retweets, or replies to get their ‘results.’ It was a way of engaging with followers over timely events, random questions, and product promotions. Yet, without real-time voting options and results, these makeshift polls weren’t all that valuable. In fact, they were just like any other tweet meant to drive engagement. Thanks to the introduction of Twitter polls, all that’s changed. We’ll walk you through how to set up a poll below, and provide some inspiring examples to help you plan one of your own.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

From The Atlantic: Why Do Colleges Have So Much Art? “…not everyone agrees that school museums should compete with their mainstream counterparts or that students necessarily benefit more from having art of such magnitude as opposed to more modest collections. The ongoing art wave raises questions about whether college museums have outlived their primary purpose as educational institutions and perhaps now serve a different function in both academic and art circles. The historian Dominic Green recently critiqued the ‘worldwide arms race among museums,’” with each trying to outdo the other. Green was referring to the ‘grandiosity’ of the Tate Modern in London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but the same sentiment applies to campus art: How much is too much?” This is an extensive article and will require a lot of thinking, but my first thought is What a marvelous problem to have!

Computerworld: Facebook hit by civil rights grievances. “Facebook is dealing with an open letter from 73 civil rights organizations to company CEO Mark Zuckerberg who say they are ‘deeply concerned’ about cases where Facebook allegedly censored posts about possible human rights violations — particularly postings about police violence.”

Oh boy. I really don’t want to get into politics, and if you’ve been reading ResearchBuzz for any length of time you know I don’t like either candidate. But I feel this story from Quartz is important: Hacked emails show Eric Schmidt played a crucial role in Team Hillary’s election tech. “What did the meeting lead to? As of this week, Schmidt hasn’t bothered to donate a cent directly to Clinton’s campaign. Instead, he has leveraged his Silicon Valley acumen to generate a new source of influence.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Have a Joomla site? Please read this now: Critical vulnerabilities pose a serious threat to Joomla sites “…taken together, the vulnerabilities can be used to unlock any site running Joomla, anywhere on the internet, with little more than a polite request detailing what you’d like to be called and how much power you want. And there are a millions of vulnerable Joomla sites out there.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Science Daily: Social media photos priceless for natural resources research “Tapping into social media posts on Instagram, Flickr and Panoramio gave North Carolina State University researchers a trove of information about people’s opinions of scenic European landscapes. A new study shows that geotagged photos — complete with millions of comments — can provide data for predictive models to help guide land use policy, conservation planning and development decisions worldwide.” Good morning, Internet…

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