Daughters of the American Revolution, Assamese Culture, Yomiuri Shimbun, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 2, 2017


From the Daughters of the American Revolution, with a big hat to to Melissa B: Searching the Museum Collection Database Online . “The DAR Museum has been working on a project to enable the public to use the DAR website to find information about objects in the DAR Museum collection. This is a big task since the museum collection contains over 30,000 objects. We use a database to keep track of all the information that we know about the paintings, furniture, clothing, textiles and items made of ceramics, glass and silver that are in the collection. In the database there are fields for an object’s name, materials, place made, donor, maker, size, storage or display location and any history that we know about the object. Now everyone is able to search this database from their own computer!”

New-to-Me: a digital archive of Assamese culture. ” In Assam, despite boasting of a rich heritage and culture, we had lost many of our work of art like literature, music and cinema because they were not preserved. However, independent filmmaker Himjyoti Talukdar had other ideas and today thanks to his online website… a large chunk of our culture including folksongs, movies, songs, cuisines, poetry, short stories and photos have been archived.” Google Translate will not translate the page because it says it’s already in English. (Parts of it are, but not all.) You can individually translate pages, however.

The Yomiuri Shimbun is launching a digital archive. “The Yomiuri Shimbun will launch a new online archive called Yomiuri Kiji-Kensaku (Yomiuri article search) at noon on Tuesday — enabling people to access more than 13 million articles dating back to the newspaper’s first issue in 1874. The archive also includes articles from The Japan News (previously The Daily Yomiuri) dating back to 1989.” Only Japan-based cards are accepted for payment in accessing this archive, so….


TechCrunch: Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting . “SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud. Now some new startups are nipping at SoundCloud’s heels by focusing on podcasting in ways the music streaming service never did.”

Mozilla Blog: New Test Pilot Experiments Available Today. “It’s been a busy summer for Firefox! Last month, we delivered the first in a series of groundbreaking updates to the browser. This week, the Test Pilot team is continuing to evolve Firefox features with three new experiences that will make for a simpler, faster and safer experience.”

The Next Web: Google tweaks Image Search so you can easily browse through recipes. “Google is making Image Search much more intuitive and convenient to navigate through. The internet giant announced it is rolling out an update that adds designated badges at the bottom of each image it shows in search. Badges will indicate what further information you can find if you click on an image.”

G Suite Updates Blog: Find exactly what you want in Google+ with new search options and filters. “Today we’re rolling out a few updates to Google+ to help your users find the content they’re looking for. From an updated look of the search interface to search suggestions and domain-only filters, these new experiences can make users confident that the content they see is the content they want. Read on for more information.”


Classic FM: We’ve put these opera arias through Google Translate and the result is bonkers. “Translating operas is a notoriously tricky business – so we wanted to see if a computer could make sense of two arias by Verdi and Puccini. The result was… interesting.” Very funny.

University of Miami: Eastern Airlines Archive Lands at UM. “This black-and-white photographic print, although undated and without a formal description, helps set a tone for how significant the aviation industry was to the development of South Florida. The print is just one of many items in the 440 linear feet of materials in the Eastern Airlines Archive, which was recently donated by the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association to the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.”

Business Insider: Snapchat is partnering with college newspapers to make campus editions for its Discover section. “Snapchat is going back to college. The company has asked college newspapers to produce local campus editions for its Discover section this fall semester, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.”


Center for Public Integrity: Saving face: Facebook wants access without limits. “When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the world’s largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names. But what Licata, now 34, didn’t know was that every time he was tagged, Facebook stored his digitized face in its growing database.”


Global News (Canada): ’13 Reasons Why’ series led to a spike in Google suicide searches, study warns. “It’s a highly controversial show: a teenage girl dies by suicide, leaving behind a series of tapes that chronicle her plight and those who hurt her in her downward spiral. Now, a new study suggests that the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why triggered a steep spike in searches on suicide.” Good morning, Internet…

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