Art Institute of Chicago, Facebook Messenger, Baidu, More: Thursday Buzz, October 25, 2018


Artnet: The Art Institute of Chicago Is the Latest Museum to Offer Open Access to Thousands of Images in Its Archive. “The Art Institute of Chicago is now offering unrestricted access to thousands of images—44,313 to be exact—from its digital archive. The release is part of the museum’s website redesign and the images have been made available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.”


BetaNews: Facebook Messenger 4 is simpler and far, far less ugly. “After hitting the headlines for falling victim to a hack attack, and then the privacy issues surround its Portal devices, Facebook will be hoping that the rollout of a sleeker, sexier, simplified version of Messenger will do something to get disgruntled users back on side.”

CNBC: China’s Baidu challenges Google with A.I. that translates languages in real-time. “Internet giant Baidu unveiled an artificial intelligence-powered tool on Wednesday that can translate English into Chinese and German in real time, in move to challenge a rival product from Google.”

Stanford University: Piano roll scanner update. “The Stanford piano roll scanner has progressed from a prototype to a functional, production level machine since the last report in spring of 2017. As reported earlier, the scanner is based on a design by Anthony Robinson, a piano roll expert in England. Swope Design Solutions engineers Robyn Nariyoshi and Brett Swope adapted the Robinson design to scan wider rolls and in color at 300 dpi. Tony Calavano, Stanford Libraries Digitization Lab Manager, identified a gigE, line scanning camera that scans in color to provide the images for the scanner. Ethan Ruffing was the software systems engineer at Active Inspection working with Swope to write the software that allows the camera and scanner hardware to function together.”


Everybody’s Libraries: Why pay for what’s free? Finding open access and public domain articles. “When you hit a paywall, it’s tempting to give up, look for other articles instead, or take your chances trying to get an illicit copy from sketchy bootleg sites. But there are various ways you can often get a legitimate version of the article you seek without having to pay anything. Here are some avenues you can look into.” Probably not much here for seasoned academics / librarians, but a well-written how-to.

MakeUseOf: How Do I Download an Entire Website for Offline Reading?. “It’s easy enough to save individual web pages for offline reading, but what if you want to download an entire website? Well, it’s easier than you think! Here are four nifty tools you can use to download any website for offline reading, zero effort required.”

The Ancestor Hunt: Free U.S. Western States High School and College Yearbooks Online. “Yearbooks from high school or college are one of the most fun set of records for a genealogist to search. It provides you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life. What their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they settled into being an adult. And of course, you get to see what they looked like.” Big link list.


CNN: Snapchat is trying to help potential voters get registered. “Snapchat estimates it may have helped over 418,000 users register to vote. The social media company has a core audience of young adults and teens, and roughly 57% of the people who moved to register were between the ages of 18 and 24, the company said on Tuesday.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Preserving Negro League History Has Never Been Easier, or Harder, Depending on Who You Ask. “As the 100th anniversary of the birth of ‘black baseball’ approaches, a perplexing issue remains: How do historians extend the mainstream reach of Negro League history? The bulk of this recent interest has been in the statistical realm, which is expanding and becoming more accurate, but focusing on the numbers and trying to compare Josh Gibson to Babe Ruth tends to attract a distinct subset of baseball geek.”


CNET: Yahoo must pay $50M in damages for security breach. “Yahoo will have to pay $50 million in damages as part of a settlement following massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014. The settlement was filed Monday. In addition to paying $50 million, Yahoo will also have to provide at least two years of credit monitoring services for around 200 million people who had personal information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers stolen.”


Phys .org: How rants on social media can come back to haunt you. “We all know that those angry rants on social media can come back to hurt you—and sooner than you think. ‘Good,’ positive chat resonates for a few seconds, generally, but negative chat, even in a chat room where exchanges happen more immediately than on Facebook or Twitter, persists for many minutes, new UC Davis research suggests.”

Nieman Lab: How I cheated the Apple Podcast charts for $5. “As the discourse around click farms and Apple chart manipulation continued to swell last week, a producer named John Perotti was contacted over LinkedIn by someone claiming to be a ‘podcast promoter’ on Fiverr, the online freelance services marketplace. Perotti, who manages podcast production at WBUR for his day job, decided to run an experiment: He would follow up with the scammy offering, apply it to his now-defunct personal podcast feed, and tweet out his journey down the rabbit hole. (Shouts to Perotti for still actively checking his LinkedIn profile.)” Good morning, Internet…

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