Slovak Literature, The Tablet Archive, Google Ngram Viewer, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 9, 2019


Big thanks to Esther S. for the pointer! EuroNews: Digitising Slovakia’s literary heritage for posterity. “Books are an essential element of any country’s culture. To ensure this knowledge is preserved, Slovakia has launched a huge programme to digitise its national literary heritage.”

InPublishing: The Tablet releases full digital archive with Exact Editions. “As the second-oldest surviving weekly publication in Britain, the title has continually offered in-depth coverage across a plethora of topics including religion, current affairs, politics, social issues and the arts. Readers of The Tablet will be able to trace the narrative of the last two centuries with reports on world events such as the Irish Famine of 1847, the beginning of World War II in 1945 and the attempted assassination of the Pope in 1981.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Search Ngram More Effectively with Google Ngram Viewer. “Google maintains a multilingual database of published language. By scanning books en masse, Google is able to process the text and provided statistical data-based frequency of word appearance. With the Google Ngram Viewer search tool, you can search through that voluminous statistical data rapidly and effectively. By comparing the relative popularity of words, you can map how language and culture have changed over time. Ngram can do much more than simply report word frequency within Google’s vast textual corpus, however.”

MakeUseOf: The 11 Best Pixel Art Tools to Create Pixel Perfect Artwork. “Thanks to remakes and remasters of retro video games, pixel art has made a return to the spotlight. Although new video game graphics have reached a hyper-realistic level, it still can’t beat the charm of pixel art. Which is why game developers and artists alike turn to pixel art tools to create throwback video games and artwork. Do you want to try your hand at creating pixel perfect artwork? Then these pixel art tools will help you get started.”

Brownstoner: Old House Lovers Will Drool Over These Vintage Architecture Trade Catalogs. “There’s an abundant amount of information online for the historic house lover. But when looking to understand just what kind of fixtures and finishes might have been popular at a particular point in time, there’s nothing quite as exciting as dipping into vintage trade catalogs.” Nice roundup article.


KHN: Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices. “The FDA has built and expanded a vast and hidden repository of reports on device-related injuries and malfunctions, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. Since 2016, at least 1.1 million incidents have flowed into the internal ‘alternative summary reporting’ repository, instead of being described individually in the widely scrutinized public database known as MAUDE, which medical experts trust to identify problems that could put patients in jeopardy.”

Mashable: Residents of Rue Cremieux in Paris are fed up with Instagrammers. “On Thursday, the BBC reported that Parisians who live on Rue Cremieux have asked Paris’ city council to erect a gate blocking off access to their street at peak hours. Apparently, the quaint block has become such a hot spot for travelers, influencers, or anyone else in pursuit of the perfect ‘gram, that residents have gotten fed up.”

CNN: Europe will fight Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for Facebook . “Mark Zuckerberg has put Facebook on a collision course with European regulators. The CEO wrote Wednesday in a lengthy blog post that he plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, making it easier for users to communicate across the Facebook-owned platforms.”


The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook. “Warren’s proposal includes a plan to pass legislation designating platforms with more than $25 billion in revenue as ‘platform utilities,’ which would be barred from owning both the platform and ‘participants’ on the platform at the same time. Smaller companies would not face the same requirements. A law like that would have immediate effects on the digital economy, the proposal continues, as Google is forced to spin off Search and Amazon spins off Marketplace.”


News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds. “It was a mantra first popularized by Michelle Obama in 2016 and echoed again and again by Democratic politicians who vowed to rebuke the negative speech they said their Republican counterparts espoused. ‘When they go low, we go high,’ she said. Only two years later, the message seems not to have stuck, according to new research from Northeastern University.”

Penn State News: Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data. “Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data.”


It’s Saturday, so from 103.3 AMP radio: New Twitter Account Tracks Which Dogs You Can Pet in Video Games. “What is the point of a dog you can’t pet? Without petting, we are left to just be the creep that makes noises and smiles insanely as our four-legged friends walk into our lives. It’s a car you can’t drive, the ice cream you can’t eat, an ultimate injustice in this world and any other. They might as well be goldfish without this simple, most basic expression of animal affection.” Good morning, Internet…

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