Native American Tribes, LGBTQ NYC, Twitter Data, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, June 29, 2017


Not sure how new, but new-to-me, from Lifehacker: This Web App Maps Out North America’s Indigenous History. “Ask any person to name a Native American tribe and you’ll probably come up with the same handful of names (or a blank stare). But visualization tool Native Land can help you identify hundreds of tribes, even ones in your current town. It’s a colorful and informative visualization and gateway to a history of which you were probably unaware.” Note the comments: a self-reported Lumbee, for example, does not feel this accurately represents Lumbee territory.

6sqft: INTERVIEW: The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project talks gay history and advocacy in NYC. “‘Where did lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history happen in New York City? In what buildings did influential LGBT activists and artists live and work, and on what streets did groups demonstrate for their equal rights?’ These are the questions that the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is answering through a first-of-its-kind initiative to document historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBT community in the five boroughs. Through a map-based online archive, based on 25 years of research of advocacy, the group hopes to make ‘invisible history visible’ by exploring sites related to everything from theater and art to social activism and health.”

Free Government Information: Tweets of Congress, tweets of Trump archived and downloadable in bulk. “The recently-launched Tweets Of Congress is collecting and publishing daily archives of tweets by congressional representatives, caucuses, and committees. The site only got up and running last week, so there are daily archives starting June 21, 2017. There’s also the Trump Twitter Archive, which has collected more than 30,000 of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets, which can be searched and downloaded in bulk.”


Google Blog: Give and get the photos you care about. “We take lots of photos and videos with the important people in our lives, but sharing those memories can take time. We get busy and forget. To help you share and receive more of the meaningful moments in your life, we’re rolling out suggested sharing and shared libraries this week, which we recently announced at Google I/O.”

TechCrunch: Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility . “‘We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible,’ Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told TechCrunch about the company’s new milestone. Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2 billion monthly active users.”


WebJunction: Wikipedia for Libraries: Preview the Possibilities, Discover the Opportunities. “Wikipedia is more than its collection of user-contributed articles; it is a dynamic community with powerful tools that ensure reliability. For public libraries, Wikipedia can be a useful tool to connect patrons with quality information and help them build information literacy skills. In this webinar, learn how you can use Wikipedia to expand access to your collections and creatively engage your communities.” The Webinar is on July 19.

KeyReply: The Chatbot Landscape, 2017 Edition. “Since we started building bots more than 2 years ago, the landscape has seen massive interest and change. This makes it hard for companies and customers to figure out what’s really happening and what they should do if they really want to build a chatbot for their business. Through this exercise, we deeply explored various bot platforms, bot use cases, and bot frameworks — and we’ve arrived at some interesting observations and insights that may be useful to you (hopefully 😄).”

Poynter: 7 of the best Twitter bots in journalism. “There are bots that tell the newsroom when the coffee is done, burn copies of President Donald Trump’s tweets and randomly add subtitles to pictures from a buoy in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. From the useful and insightful, to the funny and downright weird, here are seven of Poynter’s favorite Twitter bots in the media world.”


Computer Weekly: Finnish government scraps paper and digitises archives. “The Finnish government has announced plans to digitise its document archives by 2030 and only accept digital formats in future. This is expected to cut archiving costs by over €60m and improve data availability.”


Ars Technica: Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse. “Tuesday’s massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee. Now, some researchers are drawing an even bleaker assessment—that the malware was a wiper with the objective of permanently destroying data.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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