1980s Computer Shows, Library Metadata, Glitch, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, June 28, 2018


Bit-Tech: BBC launches Computer Literacy Project archive. “The BBC has added the output of its Computer Literacy Project, covering more than 260 full-length TV programmes and 166 BBC Micro computer programs, to its Taster testing site – though nostalgic programmers have only three months to try it out. Launched in 1982 with The Computer Programme, which was followed by Making the Most of the Micro a year later and Micro Live between 1984 and 1987, the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project followed the UK government’s push to get microcomputers – at the time rare novelties – into schools throughout the country.”


Stanford Libraries: Stanford Libraries awarded $4 Million grant to implement linked data metadata environment. “A proposal to dramatically shift how libraries create metadata and greatly improve how users discover library holdings has been accepted and awarded to Stanford Libraries by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In partnership with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa, Stanford will lead the effort to integrate library data into the Web, in a semantic way, so it can be discovered intelligently in Web searches as well as in a library’s catalogue.”

Medium: A Million Brilliant Moments: Creating the Best of the Web. “I love working on Glitch. One of the things I like most is the amazingly creative, friendly, and thoughtful community that I get to work alongside each day. Tech has been getting a good kicking in the media lately, and rightly so. From execs being jerks to privacy woes — at times the outlook for those making tech can seem bleak. But what gives me hope for the future is the genuine positivity and creativity that I see in the Glitch community every single day.”


ALA News: AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. “The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The annual lists honor 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and for their support of AASL’s ‘National School Library Standards.'”

Social Media Examiner: How to Use Instagram Hashtags for Business: A Strategy for Visibility. “Wondering which hashtags your business should be using on Instagram? Want to know how many hashtags to use for the best results? In this article, you’ll discover how to use hashtags for maximum effect on your Instagram posts.”


Wired: ‘ICE Is Everywhere’: Using Library Science To Map The Separation Crisis. “Since May, the US government had taken more than 2,300 kids away from their families as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, which calls for criminally prosecuting all people entering the country illegally…. Between the ad-hoc implementation of ‘zero tolerance’ and the opaque bureaucracy of the immigration system in general, migrant advocates, journalists, and even politicians struggled to find clear answers. [Alex] Gil, a father of two, knew they could be useful. As the digital scholarship librarian at Columbia University, Gil’s job is to use technology to help people find information—skills he had put to use in times of crisis before.”

BuzzFeed: Yelp, The Red Hen, And How All Tech Platforms Are Now Pawns In The Culture War. “Only a few hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweeted this weekend that the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, had refused to serve her, negative reviews began flooding the Red Hen’s Yelp page. First came the comments skewering the restaurant for political bias and underwhelming ambiance, and then — because this is the internet — came the user-uploaded images of swastikas. Within 24 hours, the number of reviews tripled from 5,000 to over 15,000, and by Sunday evening, the restaurant’s aggregate star rating had dropped from close to five stars to just two.”


The Register: Sophos SafeGuard anything but – thanks to 6 serious security bugs . “Companies running Sophos security clients will want to update their software following the disclosure of six privilege escalation flaws in the the security suite. Sophos says its SafeGuard Enterprise Client, LAN Crypt client and Easy software are all vulnerable to the bugs, which would allow an attacker to run code at System (aka admin) level privileges.”

The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls. “Kenichiro Okamoto was an expert on internet crime and a prolific blogger. He studied the ‘dark web,’ a part of the internet that relies on encryption and is often exploited, experts say, for illicit activities and hate-mongering. On Sunday evening, he held a two-hour seminar for about 30 people in the city of Fukuoka, about 550 miles west of Tokyo, advising other bloggers on engaging their audiences and dealing with internet trolls.”


Fedscoop: Why we need a federal data strategy. “Three months ago, the White House released the President’s Management Agenda with ambitious plans for upgrading the federal government’s technical and data capabilities and the workforce to support them. A key part of that agenda was the commitment to develop an integrated Federal Data Strategy ‘that encompasses all relevant governance, standards, infrastructure and commercialization challenges of operating in a data-driven world.’ To drive progress in this area, the President’s Management Agenda established a cross-agency priority (CAP) goal, Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset, for all federal agencies to follow.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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