Howard University, Uffizi Gallery, Dulcimers, More: Monday Buzz, August 13, 2018


Howard University: The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available on Digital Howard! (this is the Web version of an e-mailed newsletter so I apologize if the formatting looks odd.) “Phase one of The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available online! The digital archive is a comprehensive searchable collection of The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University. Founded in 1924 by famed author Zora Neale Hurston, the paper has documented the voice of the student population on campus. Issues covered in the newspaper range from campus concerns to national and international issues.”

Indiana University: Indiana University and Uffizi Gallery unveil website featuring first set of 3D, digitized artifacts. “As a result of a collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, it’s now possible to view some of the world’s most admired ancient artifacts and sculptures in 3D without traveling overseas.”


RappNews: Hallberg set to make beautiful music at Sperryville dulcimer museum. “[John] Hallberg, 53, of Jenkins Hollow in Sperryville, had never played the dulcimer before then, but easily got hooked. He’s never taken lessons, but says the dulcimer is easy to learn to play and he’s learned to play by ear. Twenty years later he owns what he calls one of the world’s best collections of Appalachian dulcimers, numbering more than 60 instruments.” He is planning both an online and an offline museum.

BBC: Cambridge University anti-women students ‘confetti and rockets’ digitised. “Confetti and fireworks, collected at an 1897 street protest opposing women’s rights to get university degrees, are to be digitised for public record. They date from a demonstration in Cambridge held by male students opposed to student equality.”


Gareth Wilson: Helping Make Government Work with Law Bots and Civic Hacking. “Angelina Bethoney created a bot that tweets legislation being worked on in Massachusetts. But she didn’t stop there. She made it a remixable template on Glitch, and the response she got when she shared the project was amazing!” At this writing similar bots have been made for 19 states.


Mashable: What happens when internet subcultures get discovered by the masses. “If we’ve learned anything from the Ken Bones and Chewbacca moms of the internet, or the graveyard of expired memes collecting virtual dust in an online database, it’s that viral fame is often fleeting. But every now and then, a weird little subculture starts trending and doesn’t stop. Over the past decade or so, attention from the outside world has caused internet subcultures once considered niche — like the furry fandom and the Neopets and DIY communities — to transition from underground to mainstream. But when a community goes viral, what happens next?”

TechCrunch: Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys . “The Proud Boys, a self described ‘Western chauvinist’ organization that often flirts with more hard-line groups of the far right, runs an elaborate network of recruiting pages on Facebook to attract and initiate members. While McInnes maintained a presence on many platforms, Facebook is the heart of the group’s operations. It’s there that the Proud Boys boast more than 35 regional and city-specific groups that act as landing pages for vetting thousands of new members and feeding them into local chapters.”

New York Times: The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views. “Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about 15 million views so far this year, putting him on track to bring in more than $200,000, records show.”

Press & Dakotan: SD Historical Society Receives Grant To Put More Historical Newspapers Online. “The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre was awarded a third round of grant funding in the amount of $280,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.”


Techdirt: Platforms, Speech And Truth: Policy, Policing And Impossible Choices. “TLDR: Internet sites have every right in the world to kick people off their platforms, and there’s no legal or ethical problem with that. No one’s free speech is being censored. That said, we should be at least a bit concerned about the idea that giant internet platforms get to be some sort of arbiter of what speech is okay and what speech is not, and how that can impact society more generally. But there are possible solutions to this, even if none are perfect and some may be difficult to implement, and we should explore those more thoroughly, rather than getting into screaming fights over who should or shouldn’t be allowed to use various internet platforms.”

Scientific American: The Truth Sometimes Hurts. “I have a confession: I have no idea what I’m doing. I believe that publicly funded scientists owe the public an explanation of their research and why it matters. I also have a belief, informed by years of research, that climate change is frightening and requires immediate action. Science communication is more important now than ever. I’m afraid I don’t know how to do it.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: Online Learning Is Misunderstood. Here’s How.. “One out of three college students takes at least one class online. But the medium is still often misunderstood by the general public, and even within higher education itself. So what do the professionals who work in the trenches wish their colleagues knew about online education? You might be surprised. I certainly was.” Good morning, Internet…

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