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Political Extremism, Trello, Social Sciences in Latin America, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, April 26, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Cengage: Gale Launches New Digital Archive on Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century. “Gale, a Cengage company, is launching a new digital archive to help researchers explore the development, actions and ideologies behind political extremism. Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia is the first digital archive documenting a range of radical right and fascist movements, communist and socialist groups and new left activists in never-before-digitized primary sources. By providing primary sources from a wide range of viewpoints in one meticulously indexed resource, researchers can make comparisons and connections that were not previously discoverable, enabling greater understanding and open dialogue on the topic.” Being Gale, you know this is not free.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Trello gets a newsfeed and improved notifications. “Traditionally, Trello was always about its cards and boards — and nothing else. But that also meant that power users often had to wade through a number of boards to figure out what they should focus on next. Now, Trello is getting a personalized newsfeed that will highlight activity from your Trello teams.”

University of North Carolina: Libraries Partner on Open-Access Publication Series. “The University of North Carolina Press, the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the University Libraries published the first title in their collaborative open-access series, Studies in Latin America. Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize by Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar and William Noel Salmon is expected to be followed up by another monograph published this year. The new series will increase the availability of scholarly literature focused on the social sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an open-access series, the books will be made available digitally to a wide audience, particularly for use in classroom settings.”

BBC: New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary . “Funding of £2.5m has been put in place for the next phase of the development of the first comprehensive Gaelic dictionary. Faclair na Gàidhlig aims to document the history, development and use of every single word in the language.”

USEFUL STUFF

ProBlogger: A Simple and Non-Scary Guide to HTML for Bloggers. “Today, I’ll explain what HTML is, what it looks like, how it works, and why it’s important for bloggers to have a basic grasp of it. By the end of the post, you’ll be able to write your own simple HTML code (and I promise it’ll be much easier than you think). Note: In this post, all instructions are for self-hosted WordPress blogs. But the HTML code itself will always be the same, regardless of what platform you use.” This is a good guide for folks who spend most of their writing time in an CMS and don’t know too much about HTML.

MakeUseOf: The Simple Guide to Annotations: How to Annotate PDFs, Ebooks, Images, and Websites. “The right kinds of annotations in the right place can help you remember more and be more productive. On the web, annotations are also valuable when you’re collaborating on documents with a team. But how do annotations help you? And how can you start annotating what you read in a way that isn’t difficult or inconvenient? Here’s everything you need to know about annotations in the digital age.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

EIN: New Global Digital Library to Provide Free Reading Resources for Ethiopian Children (PRESS RELEASE). “The Global Book Alliance, which is comprised of donor agencies from the United States, Norway, the UK, and other countries, is launching a new Global Digital Library in Ethiopia to increase the availability of high quality reading resources for children and youth across the country. Ethiopia was selected as the first country to launch the Global Digital Library, which is a worldwide effort to provide children with the books and learning materials they need to learn to read.”

Ukraine Business Journal: Government for the People: Ukraine’s Paperwork Online. “Historically, getting official paperwork done in Ukraine — or anywhere — doesn’t happen fast. Kyiv city streets are dotted with signs for public notaries but government procedures remain paperbound and bureaucratic. But times are changing. Europe, the US and Ukraine civil society press the government here to reform. With rising pressure for efficiency and transparency, paperbound bureaucracy increasingly looks very 20th century. Instead politicians, NGO workers and enterprising techies are developing e-government platforms to fight corruption and make government more accessible to citizens.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bleeping Computer: Flash Used on 5% of All Websites, Down From 28.5% Seven Years Ago. YAAAAAAAY! “Only 4.9 percent of today’s websites utilize Flash code, a number that has plummeted from a 28.5 percent market share recorded at the start of 2011. The number, courtesy of web technology survey site W3Techs, confirms Flash’s decline, and a reason why Adobe has decided to retire the technology at the end of 2020.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Engadget: Researchers digitize writing with cheap, touch-sensitive paper. “Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a paper that can track touch, which, among other applications, could lead to an inexpensive way to digitize writing. They’re presenting their work this week at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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