Irene Corey, Clyfford Still, Walt Whitman, More: Thursday Buzz, September 21, 2017


Arizona State University: ASU Child Drama Collection extends its reach to scholars. “Arizona State University’s Child Drama Collection is the largest, most utilized and internationally renowned youth-theater repository in the world, according to university officials. It lures scholars, playwrights, performers and students from around the world to study its costumes, scripts, designs and ephemera — but the reach for one of its most prized portions has been limited to those who could journey to Hayden Library in Tempe. By the end of the year, however, a listing of the contents of the Irene Corey Collection will become accessible to everyone online.”

Denverite: Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free. “After he died in 1980, much of Clyfford Still’s artwork was sealed away from scholars and the public. The painter had wanted his enormous archive to remain complete, so he had ordered that it only be given to an American city that would create a permanent home for his work. Denver, of course, became that place when it opened the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011. And now it’s gone a step further: The museum has launched an expansive digital archive with high-resolution images of about 70 percent of the city’s Still collection.”


University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Whitman Archive continues publishing literary giant’s letters. “The letters, both mundane and fascinating, are continuously being added to the Walt Whitman Archive. Another group of 252 letters was added in September. The latest batch comes from the few years preceding Whitman’s death in 1892, and chronicles his failing health, impending death and the publication of his final volumes of ‘Leaves of Grass.'”

Google Blog: View the world through someone else’s lens in Google Earth. “Every day, hundreds of millions of people are snapping photos of the world around them. What if you could explore the world through the eyes of all those people? Starting today you’re invited to explore a global map of crowdsourced photos in Google Earth. Take a walk around Shinto shrines or hang out on a beach in Bora Bora—wherever you look, you’re bound to find a unique perspective on the world.”

Mashable: Leaked images show a new Google Daydream View headset priced at $99. “Google is probably soon releasing an updated version of the Daydream View, its VR headset that is powered by a phone rather than a computer. According to Droid Life, the new model looks to be made of a nylon-like fabric, better able to withstand sweat than the jersey-like material of its predecessor. The new version will also feature better color options: Charcoal, Fog, and Coral.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): IMLS Announces More Than $5 Million In Federal Investments To Support America’s Museums. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 11 museum projects totaling $5,132,176. The recipients were selected from a pool of 79 applicants for the highly competitive National Leadership Grant program. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $3,044,711 in non-federal funds.”


Universiteit Leiden: NWO KIEM Grant for the Digital Disability Archive. “In aging societies people are living longer, raising the likelihood that they will experience disabilities. Disability history is an underutilized source for generating solutions to this societal challenge. The consortium will develop a research hub for collaborative projects and a scholarly article evaluating the design and reuse of disability heritage to address this challenge. The Disability Digital Archive (DDA) will be a virtual hub for the collection and interpretation of experiences of disability, past and present, by students, researchers, disability service organizations, and the creative industries.”

TechCrunch: Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing . “According to its chairman, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intends to call Facebook to a public hearing on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr made remarks to reporters on Tuesday confirming the committee’s interest in speaking with Facebook, the Hill reports. ‘We’re in agreement on a Facebook public hearing,’ Burr said. ‘It’s just a question of when and potentially the scope.'”


CNET: Equifax sends breach victims to fake support site. “Now Equifax knows what it’s like to have its identity stolen. The credit monitoring company has been tweeting out a link to victims of its massive breach that’s actually a fake support page set up to look exactly like its own. The real Equifax support URL is But since Sept. 9, two days after the breach was announced, Equifax has also been tweeting out the spoof page at” Absolutely mindbending.

The Register: More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year. “More data records were leaked or stolen by miscreants during the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than all of 2016 (1.37 billion). Digital security company Gemalto’s Breach Level Index (PDF), published Wednesday, found that an average of 10.4 million records are exposed or swiped every day.”

RESEARCH & OPINION Using AI, citizen science and disaster response to help victims of Hurricane Irma. “A highly unusual collaboration between information engineers at Oxford, the Zooniverse citizen science platform and international disaster response organization Rescue Global is enabling a rapid and effective response to Hurricane Irma. The project draws on the power of the Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform, to work with volunteers and crowd source the data needed to understand Irma’s path of destruction and the damage caused. Combining these insights with detailed artificial intelligence will support rescue relief organisations to understand the scale of the crisis, and deliver aid to those worst affected as soon as possible.”

The Next Web: Forget what your school says, MIT research proves Wikipedia is a source for science. “It turns out Wikipedia is a pretty good source for scientists, even if your biology professor won’t accept it for your term papers. Researchers at MIT and the University of Pittsburgh today released a paper that shows a direct correlation between information made available on Wikipedia and how likely that work is to be referenced in future scientific literature.” Good morning, Internet…

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