Folk Music, Armenia Public Radio, Game of Thrones, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 1, 2019


Internet Archive: After 50 Years, Riley Shepard’s “Encyclopedia of Folk Music” is Finally Available. “On my 54th birthday, 10 years after my father’s death, I took my copy of The Encyclopedia to Internet Archives and gave it to Jeff and Brewster. It’s hard to put into words the closure this gave me, knowing that at least after all the twists, turns and broken promises, Dad’s early copy will be online for people to use at no cost. I was told by Jeff Kaplan that he’d already found an obscure song in The Encyclopedia and performed it with his duo. I wish I could have been there to hear it!”

Public Radio of Armenia: Audio archive of Public Radio of Armenia goes online. “The Public Radio archive is Armenia’s largest audio repository. It hosts about 100,000 recordings, including songs, speeches, programs, concerts, etc. The history of Armenian radio starts from September 1, 1926. It was the day of the first experimental broadcast and the day the words ‘Yerevan is speaking’ were heard for the first time.”


TIME: The New Game of Thrones Emojis Are Perfect for Throwing Shade at Your Enemies. “Leading up the April premiere of Game of Thrones season 8, Twitter has launched a new batch of custom Game of Thrones emojis for all of the characters that could still sit on the Iron Throne. The social media site released its new Game of Thrones emojis simultaneously with HBO’s most recent Game of Thrones character posters on Thursday.”

Ars Technica: YouTube will disable comments on most videos of kids because of pedophiles. “YouTube will now take stronger action to prevent predatory comments posted on videos of children. According to a blog post, YouTube will suspend comments on videos that feature minors that ‘could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior.’ This measure is designed to prevent predatory commenters from gathering in the comments section of such videos.”

Forbes: The Arabic Collections Online Has Digitized 10,000 Public Domain Books. “A digital library focusing explicitly on Arabic-language books hit a big milestone this month : the Arabic Collections Online has officially digitized and made available over 10,000 volumes (10,042 as of this writing).”


Make Tech Easier: How to Edit Your Videos with Microsoft Photos App. “Microsoft no longer carries Movie Maker as its default video-editing tool in Windows 10. However, did you know that its Photos app, which many use as a default photo viewer, can also be used to edit videos?”

MakeUseOf: How to Record and Stream Live TV With Raspberry Pi . “Watching live TV seems old school in the Netflix era, but you can’t always find every show or movie you want on a streaming service. The alternative is paying out for cable or satellite TV, and who wants to do that? Thankfully, if you’re in a country with terrestrial TV broadcasting, you can cut the cord and record live TV to a network DVR with Tvheadend instead, running on a Raspberry Pi. Here’s how you do it.”


The Conversation: What Catholic Church records tell us about America’s earliest black history. “In 1513, a free and literate African named Juan Garrido explored Florida with a Spanish conquistador, Juan Ponce de León. In the following decades, Africans, free and enslaved, were part of all the Spanish expeditions exploring the southern region of the United States. In 1565, Africans helped establish the first permanent European settlement in what is St. Augustine, Florida today. The Slave Societies Digital Archive which I direct as a historian at Vanderbilt University includes Catholic Church records from St. Augustine. These records date back to the 1590s and document some of the earliest black history of the U.S.”

Remezcla: This New Instagram Account Is a Tribute to Old School Latinx New York. “One photograph shows two Dominican women at a Brooklyn grocery store – where several Power Rangers balloons float over their heads – buying a cake for a relative’s graduation. Another highlights a Salvadoran couple – the woman tending to their baby, while the man holds a plate of food and a can – on graffiti-accented train. Or there’s the one where a well-accessorized Cuban woman – whose hair is styled to perfection in a high bun topped with pearls – holds a possibly sleepy baby on a couch. Apart, these images capture different aspects and milestones of these people’s lives. Together, though, they form a portrait of Latino New York. All of these snapshots are featured on Nuevayorkinos, a new Instagram account that aims document the diverse experiences of Latinxs who grew up in New York City.”

The Economic Times (India): Ahead of general elections, parties tap social media influencers. “Political parties are extensively tapping social media influencers — those with a sizeable fan base on platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram — ahead of the elections to push their messages through subtle campaigns, advertisers and marketers said.”

Malta Today: Drones will map out 2,500 kilometres of Malta’s roads for new database. “Aerial photos of over 2,500 kilometres of roads in Malta and Gozo will be captured by specialised drones during the next few weeks, starting from the northern parts of Malta. These images will then be processed to develop a new Geographic Information System (GIS) containing orthophoto maps of Malta’s road network as well as digital road surface models, road condition and damage data that can be used to establish reconstruction prioritisation levels.” I had never heard the term “orthophoto” before, but GIS Lounge enlightened me.


Mozilla Blog: Sharing our Common Voices – Mozilla releases the largest to-date public domain transcribed voice dataset. “From the onset, our vision for Common Voice has been to build the world’s most diverse voice dataset, optimized for building voice technologies. We also made a promise of openness: we would make the high quality, transcribed voice data that was collected publicly available to startups, researchers, and anyone interested in voice-enabled technologies. Today, we’re excited to share our first multi-language dataset with 18 languages represented, including English, French, German and Mandarin Chinese (Traditional), but also for example Welsh and Kabyle. Altogether, the new dataset includes approximately 1,400 hours of voice clips from more than 42,000 people.” Good morning, Internet…

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