Digital Library of Georgia: Groundbreaking Georgia LGBTQ television programming now available online. “Out TV Atlanta, which ran from 1999-2000, was a half-hour weekly news and entertainment show focused on LGBTQ life that aired in Atlanta and Savannah. The show was supported financially by its creator, Michael B. Maloney, along with his family and friends. As producer of the show, Maloney saw that most press coverage of LGBTQ life involved night clubs and drag queens; he sought to widen media focus on ‘ordinary’ gay people who were firefighters, attorneys, and regular members of the community. Events covered include Governor Roy Barnes’ address to the Atlanta Executive Network, a gay professional organization (the first in the state), the first gay pride parade in Savannah, political events, art exhibitions and performances, and much more.”
WHYY: A new one-stop-shop for Pennsylvania education data. “If you’re looking for an education-related figure, number, data point, or variable, chances are the new Pennsylvania School Data Project has you covered. Conceived as a repository for researchers, journalists, policy wonks, and school administrators, the new website hosts more than a dozen spreadsheets packed with education data. The nonprofit Research for Action — known as RFA — spent more than six months collating federal, state, and local data to make the new databank.”
This is from the end of April, but I just now spotted it thanks to a link from a different story in Total Croatia News: Meet TasteAtlas, the First Global Local Food Map: Interview With Matija Babic. This is a map that lets you search and find out what food is popular with locals. I tried it with cities around here and it wasn’t bad.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: Google started quietly logging you into Chrome with latest update, reports say. “Google reportedly tweaked how its Chrome sign-in process works with its latest redesign, by logging users into the browser when they access a Google site. The Chrome account system, known as Sync, links your Google account to the browser and allows you to upload your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other data to Google’s servers.”
MakeUseOf: How Sending One SMS Message Can Back Up a Web Page to Google Drive . “Here’s a fast way to save an article or a web page. Just SMS that URL to yourself and save the web page as a PDF file to your Google Drive account to read later.” NICE.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Verge: Forward this or you’ll die in seven days: On the persistence of chain letters. “These three examples are only the most recent update to the chain letter formula, which has been around since at least 1888. Over the last two decades, they’ve been given new life and ubiquity through the internet’s reach and and people’s propensity for connection. ‘If you have always dreamed of getting that lucky break, you just got it!’ that first letter continues. It’s from a sender who called themselves ‘David Rhode,’ and it was distributed via email mailing list in 1999. ‘God helps those that help themselves, is more than a quaint saying, it’s a proven fact. So, now it is up to you. If you follow these instructions exactly, in good faith, your dreams will come true.'”
Brisbane Times: ‘Tech giants must do more’: ACCC slams Facebook, Google for fake ads. “Digital giants Facebook and Google have been urged to ‘do more’ to crack down on fake advertisements claiming celebrities are endorsing a product after a four-fold increase in complaints to the competition regulator.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
TorrentFreak: Google, Yandex Discuss Creation of Anti-Piracy Database. “Google, Yandex and other prominent Internet companies in Russia are discussing the creation of a database of infringing content including movies, TV shows, games, and software. The idea is that the companies will automatically query this database every five minutes with a view to removing such content from search results within six hours, no court order required.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Science Daily: Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves . “Days after a fire tore through Brazil’s National Museum and destroyed specimens of irreplaceable heritage, a team of scientists has quantified the vast number of fossils that sit unstudied in natural history collections. Based on their findings, the team estimates only 3 to 4 percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently accounted for in published scientific literature. This means any shelved specimens that have never been published or documented digitally remain vulnerable to loss. Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), and partner institutions are working to preserve these ‘dark data’ in online databases, highlighting the need for underfunded museums around the world to invest in the digital preservation of their collections.”
EurekAlert: Reprocessing cultural heritage . “‘Although historical film recordings and documentaries exist, these often do not do justice to the scientific demands of a comprehensive documentation of the craft’, explained Rosa von Suess, UAS Lecturer and Head of the project at St. Pölten UAS. ‘The goal of our project is to combine traditional woodworking with new innovative forms of conveyance and presentation thus making this old knowledge usable for future generations’, said Michael Grabner, project Head from the Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna.”
ZDNet: The race to ruin the internet is upon us. “In 2020, there is every chance that the Tasmanian Police, responsible for Australia’s smallest state and just over 500,000 people, could use its powers to force a global technology company to change a product in a fundamental way. Whether the actors involved know it or not, the internet and use of technology is about to get a lot worse, and another piece of liberty disappears for so-called safety using a mechanism that in no way could possibly backfire on us.” Good morning, Internet…
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