Avant-Garde Artists, Comb Graves, Carnegie Mellon, More: Friday Buzz, May 11, 2018


Hyperallergic: New Database Highlights Overlooked European Avant-Garde Artists. “Launched last month, Forgotten Heritage is an interactive, online database that highlights overlooked European avant-garde artists active after 1945. It currently features the works of dozens of artists from Poland, Croatia, Estonia, France, and Belgium, and will continue to include more from other countries over time. Supported by Creative Europe, the free visual resource was compiled over several years by an international quartet of cultural institutions — the Arton Foundation in Warsaw, the Office for Photography Foundation in Zagreb, Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, and Luca School of Arts in Brussels.”


Tennessee State Library and Archives: The Richard C. Finch Folk Graves Digital Photograph Collection is now on TeVA (formerly on the Library and Archives’ Flickr). This link goes to a Facebook post. “Dr. Finch has visited hundreds of cemeteries in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas photographing covered graves. His main focus has been on comb graves, so called because architecturally, the slabs of stone make a roof or comb over a grave.” Wow, I have never seen a comb grave before. I’m not going to give you a pointer to learning more about them because the Facebook post does.

CNET: College kids will be able to major in AI with Carnegie Mellon degree. “Carnegie Mellon, a university renowned for its robotics and computer science program, now offers college students a degree in artificial intelligence.”

Mashable: With the emoji slider, Instagram just took story polls to a whole new level. “How hot is the newest Instagram feature going to be? You’ll have to ask your friends on the app to weigh in — and now, you can. Instagram announced a new interactive story feature today called ‘Emoji Slider.’ It’s a sticker that story posters can put on photos or videos, and allows their followers to answer questions using an emoji that slides along a scale.”

Gizbot: Microsoft takes on Google Lens with its ‘Snip Insights’ tool . “The Snip Insights is an open source platform which is being hosted on Github. It is being reported that the new tool will allow the Windows users to get information and insights by using the screenshots a user has captured on Windows 10 devices.”


DigitalA11Y: The Great Accessibility Blogs Roundup. “We identified the influencers in the accessibility space & made this comprehensive list of accessibility blogs. As the accessibility space is very dynamic keeping updated about various accessibility techniques, tips & tricks will be the key for success & we hope these blogs will come in handy.”

High Snobriety: How to Use Social Media to Create an Art Collection, According to Jean-David Malat . “Jean-David Malat is one of the most powerful men in art. At the age of 43, the Paris-born, London-dweller has built up such a fierce reputation as a tastemaker in contemporary art it is said that he can make or break an artist with the nod of the head. Listing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kate Moss and Madonna as clients and friends, he’s also known as ‘the best-connected man in London.’ But here’s the thing. Unlike many stuffy galleries and curators, Malat credits one thing with helping him stay ahead of the game and getting to where he is today: social media. From Instagram to Snapchat, Malat trawls the web looking for upcoming talent, and says social media is fast democratizing a once elitist world.”

Lifehacker: How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone . “Sometimes when you show pictures to a friend or relative, they start rudely swiping to other pictures. We have a hack for that. But what if they start opening other apps? Good lord! I was shocked to hear people do this. But you can stop them. Here’s how to enable the Guided Access shortcut and easily lock people into one app when they borrow your phone. You can even use it to entirely freeze your phone on one screen.”


The New York Public Library apparently posted this on March 30 and good heavens, how did I miss it? Unlocking the Record of American Creativity—with Your Help. “The New York Public Library (NYPL) is embarking on a pilot project to extract the data from a publication known as the Catalog of Copyright Entries, published annually by the United States Copyright Office. The volumes have already been digitized and are freely available through the Internet Archive; our project aims to extract and parse the data contained in the records in order to create a searchable database that will aid copyright research.”


Washington Post: Banning Chinese phones won’t fix security problems with our electronic supply chain. “Earlier this month, the Pentagon stopped selling phones made by the Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei on military bases because they might be used to spy on their users. It’s a legitimate fear, and perhaps a prudent action. But it’s just one instance of the much larger issue of securing our supply chains.”


TechCrunch: IAB says online advertising grew to $88B last year — more spending than TV . “Online advertising reached $88 billion last year, a 21 percent increase from 2016 and a new high, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. The report is prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade organization of online advertisers and publishers.”

International Journal of Science, Technology, and Society: Preservation of a Textile Culture Through a Digital Cultural Heritage . This link goes to a PDF file. “This study will directly address an overview of digitalization practices on how Sümerbank fabric archive could add value to the preservation, protection and of Turkish textile cultural heritage. Sümerbank was one of the state-centered institutions, which was producing affordable printed cotton textile products in Turkey between the years of 1930-2000s. In this study, 6600 Sümerbank textile patterns which is produced between years of 1956-2001 had been digitized and built a website to create a network between researchers, designers, governmental and private institutions.” Good morning, Internet…

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