Virginia Legislature, Georgia Antebellum Newspapers, CLIR Funding, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 4, 2019


Virginia Mercury: New database holds 400 years worth of information on members of Virginia’s legislature. “A working database of Virginia legislators from the Jamestown settlement to the present day is almost complete, just in time for the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House Burgesses. The House Clerk’s Office has finished the bulk of the multi-year project that traces members, leaders, committees and locations of the lower chamber of Virginia’s state legislature since its inception in 1619 in Jamestown.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Georgia antebellum newspapers now freely available online. “As part of a $14,495 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized approximately 53,930 pages of Georgia newspaper titles published prior to 1861 from microfilm held by the Georgia Newspaper Project.”


CLIR: CLIR Announces 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards. “The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of over $3.8 million to fund 17 projects for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. More than 40 institutions located in 17 states and one US territory will be involved in the projects covering subjects ranging from endangered languages and displaced peoples to health issues, architecture, and fisheries.”


Fast Company: People are falling off buildings in search of the perfect Instagram shot. “A subculture has emerged in the past eight years of people who seek out death-defying situations–and they do it for the likes, followers, and adulation of fans on social media.” I have included articles like this before, but I’m adding this one because it’s a fairly deep dive with a lot of interesting bits I did not know (like the top four countries for selfie deaths.)

Ars Technica: Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities. “Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely regarded as one of the most influential, serving as a model for building other European democracies. A paper published last summer in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers new insight into how the members of the first National Constituent Assembly hammered out the details of this new type of governance.”

The Verge: Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart. “Some of YouTube’s biggest channels are facing backlash from both viewers and other YouTube creators after promoting a form of loot box-style gambling with a company called Mystery Brand. Both Jake Paul and Brian ‘RiceGum’ Le have run sponsored videos promoting Mystery Brand — a $100,000 offer that other YouTube creators said they’ve also received and turned down.”


Northern Public Radio: New Illinois Law Includes Unwanted Social Media Messages As Stalking Behavior. “Unwanted social media messages are now on the list of behaviors that can be cited when petitioning to file for stalking ‘no-contact order.’ That’s one of the hundreds of new Illinois laws that went into effect in the new year. Previously, phone calls, text messages and emails were included, but not messages from platforms like Facebook or Twitter.”

The Register: Hope you’re over that New Year’s hangover – there’s an Adobe PDF app patch to install . “Adobe has issued its first patch of the year, emitting fixes for a pair of high-risk vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader. The APSB-02 security bundle is being recommended as a high-priority fix, so install it as soon as you can.”


The Guardian: Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media. “Girls’ much-higher rate of depression than boys is closely linked to the greater time they spend on social media, and online bullying and poor sleep are the main culprits for their low mood, new research reveals.”

Georgetown Public Policy Review: Rethinking Public Records In The Digital Age. “If an online equivalent of the pre-digital age White Pages existed, would it be available to anyone who wanted to access it? A controversial policy of the D.C. Board of Elections may give us an answer — or, at least, a similar debate.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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