UK Manufacturers, Delaware Trees, The Michigan Daily, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 31, 2017


Just-Style: UK manufacturer list to forge links with designers. “A national database of UK manufacturers has been created to help make it easier for designers to form supply chain relationships and reach production units. The British High-End Manufacturers Database was launched yesterday (29 March) by the British Fashion Council (BFC), alongside CEO Caroline Rush, and Professor Christopher Moore, director of the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University. It is the first milestone of 2017 for the BFC’s ‘Positive Fashion’ initiative.” These are clothing manufacturers only; this is not a general UK manufacturer database.

Residents of Delaware have a new tool to assess tree canopy in their communities. “Developed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s GIS specialist Jimmy Kroon, the tool covers the entire First State: municipalities, homeowner associations, and neighborhoods can assess their current level of tree cover as a starting point to explore opportunities to plant new trees or maintain their existing ones.”

Now available: a digital archive of The Michigan Daily, student newspaper at the University of Michigan. “The digitization has been a collaboration between the Bentley, The Michigan Daily and the U-M Library. The digital archive contains every extant issue of The Michigan Daily, from its founding in 1891 to 2015—including more than 300 volumes from 23,000 issues.”


The Next Web: YouTube calls on the crowd to translate video titles. “Bilingual viewers can now help their favorite YouTube video stars by translating video titles and descriptions into other languages. With this update, the platform aims to create a more inclusive global audience. With viewers who speak a total of 76 languages, it’s easy for content to be lost in translation.”


The Electrochemical Society: Taking Down the Paywall for Free the Science Week. “The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is celebrating its 115th anniversary this year by giving the world a preview of what complete open access to peer-reviewed scientific research will look like. ECS will launch the first Free the Science Week, April 3-9, and take down the paywall to the entire ECS Digital Library, making over 132,000 scientific articles and abstracts free and accessible to everyone.”


The Financial Diet: The Ugly Truth Behind Why I Quit Being A Social Media Influencer. “Before I first launched my blog in 2011, I remember being awestruck by the people on my feed leading these lavish, globe-trotting lifestyles. Even the younger crowd had an air of whimsical privilege, like they were extras in Gossip Girl as opposed to real-life students. I didn’t start blogging with the intention of making a paycheck from it, but when the opportunity came, I took it. After four years of blogging about politics, New Year’s resolutions, relationships, and whatever else I deemed to be worthwhile, I had a large enough readership to qualify as an ‘influencer.’ At the time, I just thought it was easy money, and the occasional free lipstick. What my 18-year-old self didn’t know, and what my 20-year-old self knows now, is that the world of sponsored content is its own realm of insanity that should come with neon caution tape.”

The Drum: YouTube content creators could see ad revenues fall as Google imposes new controls. “Some YouTube content creators have voiced upset after observing a discernable decline in their advertising revenues following the imposition of more stringent controls by Google to calm advertisers disquiet over their association with extremist content.”


Dunya News (Pakistan): Ministry of Religious Affairs establishes cell to monitor social media. “The Ministry for Religious Affairs has established a cell to monitor social media content, reported Dunya News. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf expressed that the freedom of speech has been misused and that blasphemous content is being spread purposely on social media.”


TechCrunch: The new algorithms enabling Facebook’s data fixation. “Two billion photos find their way onto Facebook’s family of apps every single day and the company is racing to understand them and their moving counterparts with the hope of increasing engagement. And while machine learning is undoubtedly the map to the treasure, Facebook and its competitors are still trying to work out how to deal with the spoils once they find them.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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