Islands, Colorado Music, TS Satyan, More: Monday Buzz, November 5, 2018


Geospatial World: New tool developed by Esri and USGS allows users to explore islands worldwide. “A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s islands is now available from the USGS and Esri. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone. The Global Islands Explorer (GIE) is an online app that can help a variety of users, from researchers to policy-makers to the interested public, to locate and access basic information on hundreds of thousands of islands across the globe.”

Colorado Public Radio: The Colorado Music Experience Archives History From John Denver To Johnny Smith. “Some of Colorado’s music history is moving from dusty record shelves and dustier memories to an online archive. The Colorado Music Experience is led by curator and executive director G. Brown, a longtime music journalist and former director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Brown was inspired by the American Film Institute’s archive.” There is a brief text story here, but it’s mostly audio.

Firstpost: Photojournalist TS Satyan’s work gets new lease of life with Bengaluru MAP’s digital archive. “The image as a medium of disseminating or recording information has only gone from strength to strength ever since the camera was invented. The role of the photographer, the once ordained writer of history, though has diminished with time to the point that it now faces a crisis of identity. With a camera in everyone’s hands, who really is a photographer and who isn’t? Though time and technology may have blurred the boundaries of functionality here, back when the photographer was a distinct amalgam of curiousness and glassy tools, his or her eye represented a vision. Aptly then, a collection of photographs captured by one of India’s first photojournalists, TS Satyan, has been brought online by the Bengaluru-based Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), giving Satyan’s work a new lease of life.” I could not find an URL in the article, but you can see at least some of the photos at . These are really arresting. What a beautiful use of light.

Japan Times: Articles published during wartime by former Domei News Agency released online in free-to-access archive. “The Japan Press Research Institute has started releasing online articles published mostly during wartime by the Domei News Agency, the predecessor of Jiji Press and Kyodo News. The articles released Thursday were those compiled in ‘Domei Junpo’ news booklets issued between July 1937 and January 1941.”


TechCrunch: Flickr’s new business model could see works deleted from Creative Commons . “Following yesterday’s series of announcements about Flickr’s plans to revamp its site under its new owners, SmugMug, one major concern has been raised: its decision to now limit free accounts to 1,000 photos may impact the number of photos available through Creative Commons.”

Washington Post: Social media’s misinformation battle: No winners, so far. “Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they’re making some headway, although they’re still a very long way from winning the war.”


Ancestry Blog: This Veterans Day, Discover the Military Heroes in your Family. “For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone – today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this year, and its service members who have fought (and still fight) to uphold American values, we are encouraging Americans to discover more about the role their families may have played in our nation’s military history by providing free access to our military records from November 2 to 12.”

Search Engine Journal: 6 Unique & Free Keyword Research Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed. “Luckily, there are several other great keyword research tools available on the market: some free, some paid. This list represents some of the most unique keyword research tool alternatives you’ll find – ideal for when you’re in a rut or have a special circumstance that requires more than the most well-known options.” Or you want to expand your search vocabulary. (Don’t tell the SEO people.)


BuzzFeed News: North Dakota Democrats Ran A Misleading Facebook Ad Discouraging Hunters From Voting. “The North Dakota Democratic Party has placed a misleading Facebook ad warning people they could lose their out-of-state hunting licenses if they vote in the midterm elections next week.”

The Intercept: Facebook Allowed Advertisers To Target Users Interested In “White Genocide” — Even In Wake Of Pittsburgh Massacre. “APPARENTLY FUELED BY anti-Semitism and the bogus narrative that outside forces are scheming to exterminate the white race, Robert Bowers murdered 11 Jewish congregants as they gathered inside their Pittsburgh synagogue, federal prosecutors allege. But despite long-running international efforts to debunk the idea of a ‘white genocide,’ Facebook was still selling advertisers the ability to market to those with an interest in that myth just days after the bloodshed.”


Educause Review: Managing the Cultural Record in the Information Warfare Era. “Several rapidly emerging lines of technology development and exploitation are converging, and they are going to change the world in the next decade. They will have massive social and political impact; indeed, we are already far down that path, as I’ll discuss shortly. These trajectories will create new complexities for a wide range of scholarly investigations. They will challenge us to rethink the way we define and teach information literacy. They will demand that memory institutions such as libraries and archives reconsider the documentation and contextualization of the cultural record, and they may even drive the creation of new public infrastructure supported by memory institutions and responsible content creators and distributors.”

Business Insider Australia: It’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, needs new leadership. “When they walked out of their jobs by the thousands on Thursday, Google employees did more than bring attention to the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. They put an intense public spotlight on the acute shortcomings of the company’s top brass.” Good morning, Internet…

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