Palestinian Museum, WWI Casualties, Worcester Historical Museum, More: Saturday Buzz, October 13, 2018


Selections: A Conversation With Palestinian Museum’s Zina Jardaneh. “The Palestinian Museum, established in 2016, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Palestinian people. Recently, the museum launched The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive, which encompasses documentation and photos taken from the personal collections of Palestinian individuals and families, collections from institutions, such as unions and associations, and collections from specialists such as photographers and collectors.”

City News: Maclean’s prints thousands of different covers for 100th anniversary of WWI’s end. “Next month’s Remembrance Day marks a century since World War I ended, and Maclean’s Magazine has put together an ambitious project to honour each Canadian killed in the fighting. The latest issue has 66,349 different covers — each one with a name and a story, plus one for the Unknown Soldier….An online database allows readers to look up the attestation papers of the person whose name is on their cover.”

The Gardner News: WPI, Worcester Historical Museum team up on Digital Worcester. “The Worcester Historical Museum is bursting with fascinating information about the city’s past, but in this modern age, the internet serves as the data portal to the masses. In a partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Humanities and Arts, the collective archives of the institutions are being digitized for public consumption.”

Elsevier: Combating image misuse in science: new Humboldt database provides “missing link”. “How do researchers use and change images to make their results look more consistent or convincing? What is considered ‘appropriate’ image manipulation, and when does a scientist cross the line? These are some of the questions I’ve been trying to answer since I started writing my PhD thesis on scholarly image manipulation back in 2013. Inappropriate image manipulation is not good for the ecosystem of science. Science builds on science, and if there’s something wrong with a published paper, then you are poisoning that well.” This is a much deeper dive than a simple new resource announcement.


Asahi Shimbun: More images of Hiroshima after war found in foreign archives. “The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum here Oct. 10 released a batch of photos previously unknown in Japan of this city’s devastation soon after the 1945 atomic bombing. The 32 images taken during the Allied occupation were discovered in archives in the United States and New Zealand.”

Mashable: Want to live stream a hologram of yourself? Thanks to Vimeo, now you can.. “Holograms aren’t just for Tupac or Princess Leia anymore. That’s what Vimeo shares in a new blog post about how it is bringing live streamed ‘volumetric content’ to the masses. Or, at least the creative filmmakers and somewhat technologically savvy masses.”

Reuters: Facebook deletes Russian firm’s accounts over alleged data scraping. ” Facebook has disabled dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to Russian database provider SocialDataHub for what it termed the unauthorised collection of user information, the social media giant said on Thursday.”

The Verge: Google Translate can now visually translate 13 more languages. “Starting this week, the Google Translate app will be capable of visually translating 13 new languages by using the camera on your smartphone, according to a report from VentureBeat. In 2015, Google added the visual translation feature to the Translate app with the support of 27 different languages. It allows users to translate dinner menus and signs in real time, making communicating abroad much easier. ”


MakeUseOf: How to Find the Best Instagram Hashtags for More Likes & Followers. “The humble hashtag is an integral part of Instagram. Using hashtags is how your photos show up in the ‘Discover’ tab, it’s how other people can find pictures, and it leads to more likes. But you probably need some help using the right hashtags.”


I am translating both the headline and the pull quote from Danish using Google Translate. Apologies for any errors. TV 2 Lorry: Museum calls for key-use: Will make mega-collection digital. “Currently, approximately 4,000 butterflies have been photographed and digitized. But all the small print on the tiny handwritten labels, with information about the butterfly, must also be entered. The mini labels, which are not larger than a nail, are placed on the needle under each butterfly in the collection.” The project is being administered by Zooniverse. I went to the project side and did one butterfly with minimal difficulty (I had a little trouble reading a handwritten label in Danish.) Mostly the project is asking you if labels are there, what the dates are, etc.


Facebook: An Update on the Security Issue. “We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed. Today, we’re sharing details about the attack we’ve found that exploited this vulnerability. We have not ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks, which we’re continuing to investigate.”


TechCrunch: DARPA wants to teach and test ‘common sense’ for AI . “It’s a funny thing, AI. It can identify objects in a fraction of a second, imitate the human voice and recommend new music, but most machine ‘intelligence’ lacks the most basic understanding of everyday objects and actions — in other words, common sense. DARPA is teaming up with the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to see about changing that.” Good morning, Internet…

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