Russia, Krannert Art Museum, NEH, More: Friday Buzz, August 4, 2017


Reuters: New website aims to track Russian-backed propaganda on Twitter. ” A website launched on Wednesday seeks to track Russian-supported propaganda and disinformation on Twitter, part of a growing non-governmental effort to diminish Moscow’s ability to meddle in future elections in the United States and Europe.”

Krannert Art Museum has launched a new Web site for its collection. “The redesigned website will enable visitors to learn more about the museum’s collection galleries and institutional history, give teachers resources to bring art into their classrooms and learn more about the public engagement program Krannert Art Museum—Week at the Museum, and give students and art researchers access to original curatorial research related to exhibitions at KAM.”


New York Times: N.E.H., Once Targeted by Trump, Announces $39.3 Million in New Grants. “A literacy program on American military bases, an effort to revitalize Native American languages, a four-part TV documentary about the Atlantic slave trade and several large-scale projects relating to America’s founding period are among the 245 recipients of new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities across the country.”

The Next Web: Google might kill URLs in mobile search and ruin things for everyone. “Our own Napier Lopez spotted an odd change in Google’s search service on Android today: search results don’t include URLs like they used to. Instead, they only display the page’s title, a thumbnail of a featured image from the site, and a blurb.” This looks dangerous. I want to be able to tell where a search result is taking me before I click on a link.

MyHeritage: MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform. “We’re delighted to announce today that we’ve acquired Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular Legacy Family Tree genealogy desktop software and well-attended genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This is our 9th acquisition to date. We consider Legacy’s products to be highly complementary to our wide range of features and services. The acquisition will introduce MyHeritage users to Legacy’s valuable genealogical webinars, and will also provide Legacy’s hundreds of thousands of users with improved resources and access to new services.”

Search Engine Land: Google adds new ‘save’ & bookmarking feature, which you can access in a new hamburger menu. “Google has added a new ‘save’ feature, which you can access under a new hamburger menu, navigation drawer, on the left side of the Google home page on your mobile device. You can now save images, itineraries, places and web pages while using Google on your mobile device.”

ALA: RUSA’s Reference and User Services Quarterly journal moves to open access. “The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue. RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services.”


Gizmodo: How To Block Super Annoying Website Notification Requests In Chrome. “Nowadays every other… site does it. You’re browsing the web, open a tab here, click a link there, and wham: Watchcartoons wants to 🔔! show notifications. YouTube wants to 🔔! show notifications. Facebook aches to—it must—🔔! show notifications. So what do you do? You block them, that’s what you do. God forbid you accidentally click ‘Allow.'”


Insider Higher Ed: Math Journal Editors Quit for Open Access. “The four editors in chief of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics have informed their publisher, Springer, of their intention to launch a rival open-access journal to protest the publisher’s high prices and limited accessibility. This is the latest in a string of what one observer called ‘editorial mutinies’ over journal publishing policies.”

Portland Press Herald (Maine): State budget error costs heavily used mapping agency its funding. “The accidental defunding of the Maine Office of Geographical Information Systems, or MEGIS, threatens services widely used by towns and cities, other state agencies, real estate professionals, developers, conservationists, foresters, planners and surveyors.”

CNET: Google to Android developers: Cut the crappy apps, or else. “Google is relegating poorly behaved Android apps to obscurity, making it harder for you to find them when you’re searching the Google Play Store.”


Michigan State University: Why is Facebook so Hard to Resist?. “Why is social media such a hard habit to break? Because it makes us feel good, said Michigan State University’s Allison Eden, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She and researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, conducted two studies of frequent and less frequent Facebook users.” Good morning, Internet…

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