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Royal Ontario Museum, 19th Century Law Books, Rare Books, More: Monday Buzz, October 23, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Royal Ontario Museum: The Royal Ontario Museum Launches Digital Collection Online. “The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) today announced the launch of its digital collection, an online presentation of objects from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection of art, culture and nature. This new digital initiative gives audiences greater access to the Museum’s collections and the opportunity to explore, discover and research its digitized collection at any time of day, and from anywhere in the world. Featuring 10,000 digitized objects, the online collection will grow to 80,000 by the year 2022.”

The Cavalier Daily: Law Library digitizes original legal texts Jefferson chose for U.Va.. “The University’s School of Law’s library is digitizing the 336 legal texts catalogued by the University librarian in 1828. The project, which began digitization in May, will create a virtual library where users can scroll through the ‘shelves,’ view high-resolution images of the book spines and reach bibliographical essays about each text.”

Library of Congress: New Online: A Digital Treasure Trove of Rare Books. “There is a mystique surrounding libraries with old, rare books, and the Library of Congress is no exception. Just think of all the dark and vast vaults of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division that are closed to the public and imagine what undiscovered treasures they hold. Now, thanks to the digital age, the stacks are open and searchable—everyone can access these untold treasures through our newly released web portal.”

The Unwritten Record: RG 109 Confederate Maps Series Now Digitized and Available Online!. “Civil War maps are always popular at the National Archives, and the Cartographic Branch is pleased to announce the digitization of over 100 Confederate maps from Record Group (RG) 109. All are now available to view or download through our online catalog.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

New York Times: E.P.A. Scrubs a Climate Website of ‘Climate Change’. “The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, part of an apparent effort by the agency to play down the threat of global warming. A new analysis made public on Friday found that an E.P.A. website has been scrubbed of scores of links to materials to help local officials prepare for a world of rising temperatures and more severe storms.”

FamilySearch: What’s New: Importing Google Photos to FamilySearch. “Google Photos, an online photo sharing and storage service, is a good place to store your high-resolution images. Its facial-recognition feature allows you to quickly search your photos for a specific person. And now, you can easily import photos from Google Photos to your FamilySearch family tree.”

USEFUL STUFF

KDNuggets: 5 Free Resources for Furthering Your Understanding of Deep Learning. “Interested in furthering your understanding of neural networks and deep learning, above and beyond the basic introductory tutorials and videos out there? This post includes 5 specific video-based options for doing just that, collectively consisting of many, many hours of insights. If you already possess some basic knowledge of neural networks, it may be time to jump in and tackle some more advanced concepts.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

USA Today: Trump to allow release of thousands of JFK files by National Archives. “President Trump said Saturday that he will allow more than 3,000 classified files on the JFK assassination to be released next week by the National Archives as ordered by Congress.”

BuzzFeed: A Suspected Network Of 13,000 Twitter Bots Pumped Out Pro-Brexit Messages In The Run-Up To The EU Vote. “Researchers have uncovered new evidence of networks of thousands of suspect Twitter bots working to influence the Brexit debate in the run-up to the EU referendum. The findings, from researchers at City, University of London, include a network of more than 13,000 suspected bots that tweeted predominantly pro-Brexit messages before being deleted or removed from Twitter in the weeks following the vote.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BusinessWire: TWITTER INVESTIGATION INITIATED by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Twitter, Inc. – TWTR (PRESS RELEASE). “Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (‘KSF’), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR). Since early 2015, the Company has misrepresented its performance to shareholders by publicly ignoring vital user engagement metrics measuring its financial health and profitability while boosting expectations.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Temple University: South Arabia Tweets: who is behind twitter bots in South Yemen?. “The idea on uncovering Twitter bots came from Marc Owen Jones’s work on the Bahraini monarchy’s use of bots to spread anti-Shi’a sectarianism as a counter-revolutionary tactic against pro-democracy movements. Upon discovering Twitter Archiver, a Google Drive add-on that employs the Twitter Advanced Search feature to allow one to search for different words, phrases, and hashtags, I began with several searches including ‘Houthi’ in search of Saudi state propaganda and potential bots to spread sectarian and anti-Iranian rhetoric in support of the Saudi war effort. Twitter Archiver collects all tweets that include the hashtag/phrase of interest that have been tweeted in the past 7 days, and saves these into an Excel spreadsheet in your Google Docs.”

Cornell Chronicle: Exhibition, research project highlight learning from Rembrandt’s art. “Watermarks are unique to each batch of paper the artist used, and can often confirm the date or edition of specific impressions. As part of the WIRE (Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings) project at Cornell, students have been tasked with creating an online decision tree as a computational tool, which, when completed, will allow users to quickly and confidently identify watermarks from among the 54 main types and more than 500 known subvariants that appear in Rembrandt’s oeuvre, printed from some 300 plates in all.” Good morning, Internet…

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