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Indigenous Photographers, New York Water Quality, India Transcription Stones, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, May 22, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Resource Magazine: Natives Photograph Wants To Help You Tell Authentic Indigenous Stories . “Today marks the first day in business for Natives Photograph, a database of Indigenous visual journalists. Founded by Josué Rivas, an indigenous photographer himself, and Daniella Zalcman, the founder of Women Photograph, the sites hopes to elevate the work of Indigenous photographers in an effort to ‘balance the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces.'”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Times Herald-Record: State watchdog group expands online water-purity database. “A nonprofit government and environmental watchdog group has improved a searchable database for the public to learn about purity threats to local public tap-water supplies. A year ago, the New York Public Interest Research Group unveiled ‘What’s in my Water?’… which makes most water-supply records searchable by zip code. NYPIRG recently added more information about local contaminants in water supplies, made the site more user-friendly and provided resources about private well water testing.

The Hindu: Inscription stones of city now on Google Maps. “After an exhibition showcasing the surviving inscription stones of the city, the Inscription Stones of Bangalore team has put all the traced and untraced inscriptions on Google Maps. Not only are locations of the inscriptions marked on the map, but also the full text of the inscription in Kannada and English, current status, size of stone, year of installation, the publication where the inscription is documented, reference documents and photographs-videos of the inscription.” Have no idea what inscription stones are? Read this earlier article from The Hindu.

USEFUL STUFF

WFLA: Online database eerily calculates your activity on Earth since birth. ” Have you ever wondered how many breaths you’ve taken, or how many hours you’ve spent dreaming since you were born? We usually measure our time on Earth in years, but now thanks to an online database you can see how many raindrops fell or how many new species were discovered in your lifetime.”

Search Engine Journal: Every Digital Assistant You Need to Know & Understand. “Digital assistants are more popular than ever before. Almost half of Americans now use them – a testament to the technology’s growing value and place as a viable channel for commerce and customer engagement. But what exactly is a digital assistant?”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

XinhuaNet: China Focus: Frame by frame, China’s film restorers revive classics. “Jiao Xiang, 31, a true film aficionado, watches movies frame by frame. Jiao stares at a screen for hours to spot flaws in old films so they can be restored. His waist hurts and head spins after a day’s work. But that is the life of a film restorer at the China Film Archive.”

ClassicCars Journal: Petersen Museum to use SEMA grant to digitize photo archive. “In 1947, Robert E. Petersen founded Petersen Publishing. More than 70 years later, the company’s archives will be digitized and uploaded to the internet by an automotive museum he founded. The huge project will be funded by a grant from the Specialty Equipment Market Association.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Britain to tackle ‘Wild West’ internet with new laws. “Britain will tackle ‘the Wild West elements’ on the internet from cyberbullying to online child exploitation by introducing new laws for social media companies, digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ubergizmo: Facebook’s Data Scandal Didn’t Hurt Usage Stats. “Facebook is still dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal which resulted in the personal information of millions of Facebook users being leaked. This led to the beginning of a #deleteFacebook trend on other social media networks but the movement, for lack of a better word, doesn’t seem to have had any material impact on Facebook’s usage stats. A new report reveals that Facebook’s usage stats were actually up during the time when the scandal was constantly in the news cycle.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

The Verge: This beautiful project creates soundtracks for photographs. “The photograph is dark, cooling towers stark against a sky streaked with color. This is the Drax power station in England, a site of pollution and protests. What would it be like to stand at the site? What would this scene sound like? The Drax photo is part of ‘Sound Photography,’ a beautiful new project from Cities and Memory.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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