University of Oregon: New collection helps preserve the legacy of a civil rights trailblazer. “Thanks to an anonymous UO Libraries donor, the legacy of African-American journalism in Oregon — and knowledge of an important civil rights pioneer — is becoming more accessible than ever. The generous gift is funding digitization of six new titles that will diversify the perspectives represented in the library’s Historic Oregon Newspapers online resource. Debuting in February 2019, The Advocate is the first of the papers to come online, with issues dating from October 1924 to December 1933 now available.”
MarketWatch: This fascinating new tool lets you map the cheapest flights to anywhere from any city. “Check out this tool from students at the MIT Senseable City Lab. It’s called ‘Escape’ and it shows you what the cheapest flights to different spots are on given dates. The idea is to help you narrow down your vacation choices based on price.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Ecotextile News: Online map of global apparel factories goes live. “The latest version of an ambitious textile sector-specific online transparency tool is now live. The launch of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) comes after months of consultation and alterations following the digital platform’s beta release back in in October 2018.” I did mention this back in October but it’s nice to see it’s out of beta.
Stanford: Stanford’s Oral History Program celebrates its 500th interview. “Thanks to the Oral History Program and its army of volunteers, Stanford may have brought the art of gathering university oral history to an entirely new level, according to program manager Natalie Marine-Street. The program, which dates to 1978 and is under the auspices of the Stanford Historical Society in partnership with the University Archives, recently celebrated its 500th interview.”
BusinessWire: AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive—the Lowest Cost Storage in the Cloud (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is rarely accessed. At just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month), S3 Glacier Deep Archive offers the lowest cost storage in the cloud, at prices significantly lower than storing and maintaining data in on-premises magnetic tape libraries or archiving data off-site.”
MakeUseOf: 10 Easy-to-Use Photo Editing Programs for Newbie Photographers. “While some photos are works of art, others need editing, and we’re not just talking about slapping an Instagram filter on it. This means you need some easy-to-use photo editing apps. Here are the best photo editing programs for beginners.” Not sure I would have put GIMP on this list…
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Small Wars Journal: Primer: Terrorist Usage Of Twitter And Social Media. “Terrorist organizations are becoming increasingly aware of, and taking advantage of, the global access the Internet and social media gives them. These groups are no longer limited to recruiting new members in their physical sphere of influence; they can entice and recruit new members from anywhere around the world. Groups are also using the Internet to encourage and carry out attacks (physical and cyber) around the world. This paper will focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), their use of the Internet and social media over the years, and what we should expect moving forward.” Brief but information-dense.
New York Times: There’s No Afro Emoji. These Women Want to Change That.. “Many people connected to the African diaspora have Afros. And like anyone else, they send emojis to their friends — a zombie, say, or a mermaid or a genie. But which emoji can they use to represent themselves?”
BBC: Cambridge University and Vatican manuscripts made public online. “Hundreds of medieval Greek manuscripts held by Cambridge and Heidelberg universities and the Vatican are to be made available to the public online. The £1.6m project will digitise more than 800 volumes featuring the works of Plato and Aristotle, among others.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
This is from a week ago and I’m mad at myself that I missed it. Motherboard: Education and Science Giant Elsevier Left Users’ Passwords Exposed Online. “Elsevier, the company behind scientific journals such as The Lancet, left a server open to the public internet, exposing user email addresses and passwords. The impacted users include people from universities and educational institutions from across the world. It’s not entirely clear how long the server was exposed or how many accounts were impacted, but it provided a rolling list of passwords as well as password reset links when a user requested to change their login credentials.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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