GPO, Virginia Lawmakers, Chinese Dance, More: Thursday Buzz, March 9, 2017


Government Printing Office News Release (in PDF format unfortunately): GPO Issues Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record for the 1970s. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1971-1980 on GPO’s govinfo ( This release covers debates and proceedings of the 92nd thru the 96th Congresses.”

From WTOP: Va. lawmakers’ reports showing gifts, stocks now available online. “Forms filed by Virginia lawmakers that show gifts they’ve received, what companies they own stock in and who employs them and their immediate family members are now online for public view.”

The University of Michigan have announced a new digital archive: The Pioneers of Chinese Dance. “In most cases, the photographs were scanned directly from dancers’ personal photo albums in their homes in China. The original hard-copy photos remain with their owners. This is an original collection that includes many photographs never before published or made publicly available. English-language metadata, which include biographical narratives and information gathered from historical sources and oral history interviews, have been created for each item in the archive, and photos will be available for reproduction in academic publications to encourage future scholarship.”

Poynter: The New Yorker’s new bot will tweet 92 years worth of poetry at you. “Since its founding in 1925, The New Yorker has published verse from some of the most celebrated names in American letters — poets like Audre Lorde, Joseph Brodsky and Ada Limón. Many of those poems are lying dormant on, where subscribers can peruse the archives for $1 per week. Or, beginning today, they can just follow a bot on Twitter.”

Good stuff from Fast Company: Ever Want Image Search For Google Earth? This AI-Driven Tool Does That. “Launched today, GeoVisual Search lets anyone run an automatic query on one of three collections of satellite imagery–one for the U.S., one of the world, and one for China–in order to look for the location of just about any feature that’s identifiable in one of those collections.” I have mentioned tools like this before but not on this scale.


From The Getty: @GettyHub Twitter Offers News for Researchers and Practitioners in Conservation, Art History, and Cultural Heritage. “Calling all Twitter users who work in heritage conservation, humanities research, or digital art history: find us at @GettyHub. This morning the account formerly known as @TheGetty became the new @GettyHub, where we’ll focus on news and resources of interest to the conservation and scholarly communities: new technology tools, collections and exhibitions research, grant and training opportunities, scholarly events, digital and print publications, and updates on staff work behind the scenes.”

Engadget: Pinterest adds visual search to its handy browser extensions. “Pinterest introduces new ways for its users to access pinned items on the regular and today it’s revealing yet another. Starting tomorrow, you can employ the company’s visual search tech to hunt for things from inside its browser extensions. How does it work? Well, you can hover over an image on the site you’re reading to find related items on Pinterest without having to leave that page.”

Slashgear: Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch. “Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we’re seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.”

Digital Trends: Google Provides a Tool for Making Objects and Places Within Video Searchable. “During the Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco, Google revealed a new machine learning application program interface (API) called Cloud Video Intelligence. With this API, developers can create applications capable of detecting objects within video and making them searchable and discoverable. Both nouns and verbs can be applied to those objects, such as ‘dog’ and ‘run.'”

Google Play Music has launched a new podcast called City Soundtracks. “Love discovering new places? Love music? Google Play Music has you covered with our first original podcast series—City Soundtracks. Hear your favorite musicians talk about important people, places, and moments in their lives, and how their hometown roots have influenced them.”


Los Angeles Times: Snapchat maker’s stock keeps falling — and analysts think it’ll drop even more. “Snap shares opened at $28.17 on Monday morning, up about 4% from their price at the close of market Friday and up 66% from the $17 price paid by investors in Snap’s IPO last week. But by Tuesday morning, the price had sunk to just above $22.

Bangkok Post: Ministry offers guidelines on how to use social media. “The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry has released guidelines and a handbook for consumer and business protection in the context of safe social media use and cyberthreats. The ministry set aside 53 million baht for 2017 to run a campaign raising awareness of cybersecurity threats for businesses and ensuring better understanding of the risks of social media use.” Good morning, Internet…

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