Arkansas Traffic, Indigenous Fiber Arts, Alexander Hamilton, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, August 29, 2017


UAL Public Radio: Arkansas To Begin Streaming Nearly 100 Traffic Cameras Online. “In time for a busy Labor Day weekend on the roads, drivers in Arkansas will have a new tool to help plan their routes, especially when accidents or other incidents occur. The Arkansas Department of Transportation expects to begin featuring live video feeds from a wide network of stationary traffic cameras around the state.”

Emory Museum: Emory museum’s digital catalogue puts fiber arts at your fingertips . “An uncommon collection of indigenous American fiber arts can now be found at your fingertips through the digital catalogue created for the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s newly opened exhibition, Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. The highly visual website, developed with expertise and funding from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), marks the first time that Emory University’s ancient art museum has offered a digital catalogue for one of its exhibitions.”

NPR: I Saved Every Letter You Wrote Me: The Library of Congress Digitizes Hamilton. “If you’ve seen the hit musical Hamilton — or even if you’ve only heard about it — you might want to know more about the founding father who was the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury. And if so, the Library of Congress just made it easier to go right to the source. Before, if you wanted to see — for example — Alexander Hamilton’s letters to his wife, you had to travel to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and even then, you’d have to view them on microfilm. Now, Julie Miller, the Library’s curator of Early American Manuscripts, says the collection has been digitized. ”


CNET: Facebook drops the ax on false news ads. “Facebook announced on Monday that it’s blocking Pages — a term used to describe a group’s own account on the massive social network — from posting advertisements if they repeatedly share false news. The company is using third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes to flag false news stories, after con artists and hoax authors realized they could take advantage of people’s gullibility and Facebook’s ability to make such made-up articles viral.”


The Atlantic: How to Track the Ongoing Fallout From Harvey. “The fallout from the rainiest storm in (at least) Texas history continues. No one has ever seen a storm dump this much water over so wide an area. Or as the National Weather Center’s prediction team put it, ‘The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before.’ As the situation on the ground continues to evolve, we’ve compiled a short list of significant resources, and helpful stories, to stay abreast of what’s happening. It will be updated.”


NationTalk: IRC – CBC Prepares For Indigenous-Language Digital Archive Project. “More than 64,000 hours of CBC North TV and Radio content broadcast in Indigenous languages, including Inuvialuktun, will be transferred from old reels, cassettes and CDs into digital formats. Over the next five years, CBC will begin digitizing, cataloging, and sharing their Indigenous-language content into an online library, which will then be shared to as many communities as possible with a focus on those that are directly linked.”

Texas Library Association: TLA & TSLAC Respond to Hurricane Harvey. “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Library Association and Texas State Library and Archives Commission are working together to coordinate a response to damage caused to libraries and archives across the Houston and gulf coast region. We share a deep concern for the condition of facilities and collections, and for the wellbeing of staffs of libraries and archives in the area. We are also very appreciative of the many offers of help that are coming in from across the state and nation. The following is a report regarding the current status of our coordinated efforts.”

The Journal (Ireland): Want to set up a .ie website? You may not need a ‘valid claim to the name’ to get one anymore. “Currently, an applicant seeking to have a website with .ie at the end must do two things: prove they have a valid claim to the desired name and a real, tangible connection to the island of Ireland. The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), however, wants to change this rule and make it that an applicant only has to prove a connection to Ireland to get this domain name.”


TechCrunch: Internet providers could easily snoop on your smart home. “We’ve mostly moved past the point where our Internet of Things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn’t mean you can stop being afraid. Never, ever stop being afraid. To top up your paranoia reserves, a new study finds that internet providers can, if they so choose, monitor all kinds of things from your smart home’s traitorous metadata.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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