Robert Flaherty, Mangoes, Facebook Advertising, More: Tuesday Buzz, June 5, 2018


New York University: NYU Fales Library Releases Flaherty Seminar Recordings, Unveiling Fifty Years of Cinematic History. “New York University’s Division of Libraries today announced the public release of more than 700 audio recordings from the Flaherty Seminar, the longest continuously running film event in North America, named in honor of seminal filmmaker and ‘father of documentary film’ Robert Flaherty. The annual event’s fifty-year history is captured through recordings of various activities and discussions, joining collections in the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives and the University Archives chronicling the evolution of the moving image in the 20th century. The Flaherty Seminar recordings are held within the special collections of NYU’s Fales Library.”

Down to Earth: A mango database developed for plant breeders. “Even if you are mango connoisseur, it may be difficult for you to identify all mango varieties grown in India. While the number of commercial mango varieties is about 30, more than a thousand different types of mango plants are cultivated and propagated in India. Despite this biodiversity, the country does not have a central repository that keeps an account of its rich mango heritage. Now scientists at the Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, have prepared a new database which will be of great help to mango breeders. The mango database lists 40 mango varieties based on a standard set of features.”


New York Times: Facebook Tried to Rein In Fake Ads. It Fell Short in a California Race.. “Regina Bateson had just finished an Easter egg hunt with her children on April 1 when her phone started buzzing. Take a look at Facebook, messages from her friends and colleagues urged. Ms. Bateson, a Democrat running for Congress in the California primary on Tuesday, quickly opened up the social network. There, she saw what appeared to be a news article that painted her as underhandedly trying to torpedo the campaign of a rival Democratic candidate. When Ms. Bateson clicked through the article, she was directed to a Facebook page run by Sierra Nevada Revolution, a local progressive group she had clashed with in the past.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft snaps up GitHub for $7.5 billion. “Microsoft has reached an agreement to buy GitHub, the source repository and collaboration platform, in a deal worth $7.5 billion. The all-stock deal is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval in the US and EU.”

Colorado Virtual Library: Plains to Peaks Collective Shares Historic Collections from Colorado and Wyoming with the Digital Public Library of America. “The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the DPLA, is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library that brings together descriptive information about collection material held by our libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Through the PPC institutions can now share their unique digital collections with a wider national audience of avid researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.”


CogDogBlog: Get Your Twitter TAGS on. “Probably one way to make sense of activity of interest twitter is explore some numbers and visualization of them. Data visualization gets technically gnarly quick, but my go to tool ever since he first announce it is Martin Hawksey’s Twitter TAGS.”

Tennessean: Bonnaroo 2018 live stream: How to watch Muse, Moon Taxi and more. “If you’re not planning to make the the trek to Manchester, Tennessee this week for the 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you’ll once again be able to watch several performances — and at least one headliner — from home.”


Quartz: How a pan-African network of cyber activists has been strengthening democracy online. “During a recent visit to The Gambia’s capital Banjul, digital activist Cheikh Fall spoke about the power of the internet to improve governance in Africa. Fall, 35, is a co-founder of the pan-African network of online activists and bloggers for democracy (AFRICTIVISTS), a community of 200 cyber-activists from 35 different countries on the continent. The Africtivists were on tour to train 500 journalists in cyber-security, traveling from Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal, to Niger, and Burkina Faso.”

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Born Digital: How Social Media and Paperless Offices are Reshaping the University Archives. “The artifacts of activism at Princeton come in many forms: membership cards for the Veterans of Future Wars, a satirical student group that made national headlines in 1936; audio cassettes from WPRB’s coverage of a campus meeting at Jadwin Gym during the May 1970 strike that followed the U.S. invasion of Cambodia; and scores of photos, mostly black-and-white, from public demonstrations such as the 1978 occupation of Nassau Hall, when students protested University investments in companies doing business in apartheid-era South Africa. During the 2015 Nassau Hall sit-in — the protest that sparked a re-examination of Woodrow Wilson 1879’s legacy and a broader discussion of diversity and inclusion at Princeton — archivists knew they would need to take a different approach, one not dependent on file boxes.”

AltGov2: FBI Wants to Destroy 9,000+ RICO Files. “The FBI wants to pulp small files about its RICO investigations from 1970-1991. Larger files (those containing more than one section or 30+ registered documents) will be kept permanently. However, files with only one section and less than 30 registered documents will be destroyed 25 years after the case has been closed. Since these cases date from 27 to 48 years ago, the files would be eligible for destruction as soon as FBI’s proposal gets final approval. The National Archives (NARA) estimates that under this proposal, 29% of the RICO files from that period would be kept permanently. Thus, 71% would be destroyed. Out of a total of 12,971 files, that means around 9,210 will go into the shredder. These documents have not been scanned, so they don’t exist in digital form. Once they’re pulped, they’re gone.”


G Suite Updates: Configure your Google Groups settings for increased security. “From creating team mailing lists to processing support tickets to hosting internal discussions, many organizations use Google Groups to connect and collaborate in the workplace. But as with any communication tool, it’s important that your settings deliver the right balance between sharing and security.”


Women of China: China Launches Major Database to Analyze Birth Defect Risks . “Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital (BOGH) together with 33 other medical institutions from 17 provincial-level regions kicked off an initiative in recent days to build China’s first database of birth defect risks, and to map out strategies for monitoring and prevention. The initiative is designed to collect samples from 500,000 pregnant women across the nation, analyze risk factors for major birth defects, utilize big data technology to find out factors that may cause them, such as the environment, family background and chronic diseases, and establish a risk evaluation system.” Good morning, Internet…

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