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Sample Searches, Sight & Sound, Eastern Shawnee Tribe, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, July 28, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

WhoSampled: Diggers Essential: ‘Sample Search’ YouTube Tool. “Reddit user kyobumpbump has created this super-simple, and super-awesome tool for discovering hidden music on YouTube which is perfect for diggers on the search for obscure sample sources in the digital realm or even for collectors looking for a tip on some obscurities to track down in the physical world.” This is really simple, and I can imagine it being used for all kinds of things…

Talking New Media: Sight & Sound unveils digital archive with Exact Editions. “Published by the BFI since 1932 Sight & Sound has partnered with digital publishing experts Exact Editions to develop this comprehensive research tool for institutions, universities, schools and other organisations around the world. With the archive’s launch, film fanatics and academics anywhere will be able to study 85 years of back issues of the magazine, as well as its long-running sister publication Monthly Film Bulletin (1934-1991), at the click of a button.”

Joplin Globe: Eastern Shawnee Tribe receives grant for digital library. “The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has received a $42,580 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In partnership with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, the tribe will create a digital library to promote access to Shawnee collections and archival resources.”

VietnamNet: Students design war hero burial database. “The students spent three months seeking information for the database and designing the website, according to Truong Van An, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Through the search function, visitors only need to type the full name of the martyr or heroic mother buried in the cemetery. The site will then reveal the martyrs’ birth year, birthplace, day of sacrifice, burial position in the cemetery, and their site of fighting in the war.”

USEFUL STUFF

NeverEndingSearch: Nine Chrome Extensions (and a Google Add-On) too good to miss. “Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve become particularly fond of a few Chrome tools that I consider too good to miss. These would be handy across the board, but especially in Google Classroom and Chromebook environments.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Columbus State University: Civil War Goes Digital. “The Columbus State University Archives earned one of the inaugural Digital Library of Georgia digitization grants that will allow online access to the Civil War era letters and documents of General Henry Benning, for whom Fort Benning was named.”

Digital Trends: WhatsApp Is Beating Snapchat At Its Own Game, Reports 1 Billion Daily Users. “WhatsApp is beating Snapchat at its own game. The company announced that it has hit a milestone of 1 billion daily active users — but perhaps more interesting it the fact that Status — the company’s Snapchat Stories competitor — now has 250 million daily active users.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Cyberscoop: New tool can help prevent government-mandated backdoors in software, Swiss researchers say. “A new framework from a lab in Switzerland could help prevent malware like Petya from spreading, but would also make it difficult — if not impossible — for governments to force software companies to deliver backdoored software updates in secret.”

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data. . “When parents download a learning or gaming app from the ‘Designed for Families’ section of the Google Play store, they likely assume that those apps keep their kids’ data safe. After all, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits website operators and app developers from tracking or collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. Yet that assumption could be wrong.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Science Magazine: Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests. “There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.) But just how enormous is its repository? That is the question biodata scientist Daniel Himmelstein at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues recently set out to answer, after an assist from Sci-Hub.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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