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Washington History, Google Hangouts, Career Prep, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, June 5, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Washington Secretary of State: Introducing Primarily Washington, A New Education Resource. “For the last few years, the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives and Legacy Washington have been have been meeting with Washington teachers. We asked for their help in finding a better way to serve our education community, promote education and lifelong learning, and connect Washingtonians to their history. After extensive cooperation with teachers and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, we are proud to announce the launch of Primarily Washington, an online education portal designed to bring lesson plans together with the primary sources in our collections.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

ZDNet: Google’s Hangouts Meet to work with other video conferencing systems. “Google on Monday announced a series of updates to G Suite, making the bundle of productivity tools easier to use with other major third-party enterprise tools. Interoperability is an important feature for cloud services, given the number of different services and products that can be found in just one office. According to one assessment, the average employee actively uses 36 cloud services at work.”

TechCrunch: Udacity and Google launch free career courses for interview prep, resume writing and more. “Udacity today announced a new partnership with Google that will make a number of career courses freely available to recent graduates and mid-career professionals. The free career courses, which mark a first for Udacity, will focus on helping employees improve their chances of getting a job, no matter whether that’s a first job or we are talking about a mid-career course change.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Stock Footage. “Whether you’re a filmmaker, student, designer, artist or just a history buff, you might be interested in stock footage. Stock footage is generally free of copyright. This means that you are free to do what you want with it. These video clips can be edited, chopped up, stitched together, and manipulated in any way you see fit. Fortunately, the Internet has made it incredibly easy to track down stock footage, with entire websites dedicated to collecting clips free of copyright. We’ve rounded up some of the best websites that host a plethora of stock footage for you to browse and use, free of charge.”

Online Journalism Blog: 3 concepts from archive studies that every data journalist should know. “Until last month I hadn’t heard of diplomatics. It’s the discipline of studying historical documents, and comes from the word ‘diploma’, as in ‘verifying that someone hasn’t faked their records’ (I’m paraphrasing here). But this discipline of verification has some useful lessons for journalists — particularly data journalists — because it provides a very handy framework for picking apart what makes a record (data) credible, and what we should be looking out for when establishing that.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

ABS-CBN News: Francis Libiran’s new bridal collection is social media-ready. “Brides can’t help but post every detail of her special day on social media, from the gown to the flowers to the cake. It’s a quick way to immortalize a once-in-a-lifetime event, after all. That’s why designers like Francis Libiran are creating pieces ready for that square box on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Social media has somehow changed the way designers design.”

Seattle Times: 100 redwoods in search of a forest: Seattle man looking for a home for ancient tree archive . “One hundred trees are on their way to Seattle, in search of a forest. Grown from some of the largest redwoods on Earth in the redwood forests along the U.S. West Coast, the 6-foot trees are intended to be a genetic archive of ancient trees and gift to the future. But first, 71-year-old Philip Stielstra of Seattle has to find a place to plant them.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure . “The state of Washington said on Monday it had sued Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google for allegedly violating state campaign finance law by failing to maintain information about who buys election ads.”

Arutz Sheva: Haredi MK pushes establishment of national genealogy database. “A haredi lawmaker has announced plans to advance legislation which if passed would establish a national genealogical database, listing every individual whose Jewishness has been verified by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said this week his party would push the ‘Genealogy Database Law’, which he first proposed last year.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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