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Swahili, Wikimedia, US Currency, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, September 27, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Club of Mozambique: Mozambique and Brazil universities launch online Swahili Digital Archive – Watch. “The project, launched on September 17 in Brazil, is the brainchild of 12 researchers from the Mozambican universities Eduardo Mondlane (Centre for African Studies) and Lúrio (CEDIM- Centre for Island of Mozambique Studies) and the Brazilian Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. The content available in digital format includes manuscripts in ‘ajami’ (the Arabic alphabet convention for African languages), maps, video interviews, audio-visual cultural expressions and photographs.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Amazon donates $1M to Wikimedia . “Back in March, we asked the question ‘Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?’ The answer was kind of, sort of, with one key exception, noting, ‘Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google all contributed around $50,000 by matching employee gifts. Amazon, on the other hand, is nowhere to be found on that list.’ Today, however, the online retail giant is looking to address that apparent oversight, announcing a $1 million donation to the Wikimedia Endowment, the fund behind Wikipedia.”

Mobile AR News: Google Puts Faces of Historic Women on US Currency via Augmented Reality. “Using image recognition, the new Notable Women app replaces the usual faces shown on various denominations of US currency with faces from the Notable Women database. Once enabled, the app also lets users tap the screen to read more about the person’s achievements.”

USEFUL STUFF

Gizmodo: How to Look Up Your Oldest Activity on Google, Facebook, Netflix, and more . “You might be familiar with Facebook regularly throwing heartwarming (or heartbreaking) memories in your face every once in a while, but if you want to take a serious dive into your digital past,. Here’s a guide to dredging into your your digital past on some of the most popular apps and services out there.”

Blurbiz: The Most Complete Guide to Finding Anyone’s Email. “Yeah, it is pain the ass and yes it can be time-consuming. But with a little bit of work, you can find anyone’s email you just have to keep digging! I am going to show you a process that I follow and I can pretty much find anyone’s email. It can be a tedious task, but with this process, you can hire a virtual assistant to do the work for you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Haaretz: Holocaust Historian Slams Germany for Shedding Millions of Death Records. “According to the Hamburg Morgen Post newspaper, the state cultural ministry is defending the decision by the archive’s director, Udo Schäfer, to destroy an estimated 1 million death certificates dating from 1876 to 1953.”

National Library of Medicine: Improving Info on Women’s Health: National Network of Medical Librarians Wants Your Help. “Your research skills can help make Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health. Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7 as medical librarians add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Freedom of the Press Foundation: California transparency legislation could improve access to police records for journalists and the public . “In the 1970s, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that blocked public access to misconduct documents, and forced defendants to petition a judge to examine these records in private and decide if the information warranted disclosure. In 2006, the California Supreme Court ruled that police misconduct investigations are confidential, a ruling that has kept answers from families of people hurt by police violence, obscured critical information about public officials from journalists, and shielded police from scrutiny. Leticia De La Rosa and Theresa Smith are both advocates for a California bill that could make police investigation and disciplinary records available to the public in particularly egregious instances of misconduct.”

BuzzFeed News: The Creator Of One Of YouTube’s Top Tween Channels Was Arrested For Molesting A Minor. YouTube Is Keeping The Channel Up.. “For weeks now, SevenAwesomeKids, part of one of YouTube’s biggest and most active tween/teen girl channel networks, has been suspiciously dormant. The reason: Its owner and proprietor, Ian Rylett, was arrested this August in Florida for ‘lewd and lascivious molestation’ involving one of the young girls who makes videos for his channels.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

ScienceDaily: How to win friends online: It’s not which groups you join, but how many . “Your chances of forming online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join, not their types, according to an analysis of six online social networks by Rice University data scientists.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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