Princeton Prosody Archive, Rich Conaty’s Big Broadcast, Google, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 29, 2019

Thanks to everyone who said “hey” at Computers in Libraries, with special shouts to Ryan, Beth, Sandra, Martha, and Joyce.


Princeton: Princeton Prosody Archive Launches a Bold New Site. “The thousands of digitized works in the Princeton Prosody Archive are now publicly available on the archive’s new and improved website. The searchable site means centuries’ worth of texts are right at your fingertips.” After I went and looked up prosody, I checked out the Princeton Prosody Archive. It describes itself this way: “Welcome to the Princeton Prosody Archive, a full-text searchable database of thousands of digitized books published between 1570 and 1923. The Archive collects historical documents and highlights discourses about the study of language, the study of poetry, and where and how these intersect and diverge.”

Fordham University: Rich Conaty’s Big Broadcast Lives on in New Digital Archive. “When Rich Conaty died in late 2016, the WFUV DJ left behind a devoted following of listeners, some of whom had been tuning in for more than 40 years to hear him spin jazz and pop from the 1920s and ’30s on his Sunday night show, The Big Broadcast. Luckily for fans, hundreds of episodes from The Big Broadcast’s archive are now available to stream on Fordham’s Digital Collections page, thanks to a generous donor and a collaborative effort between WFUV and the University Library.”


CTV: Cuba, Google move to improve island’s connectivity. “Cuba and Google signed a deal Thursday moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet. The American internet giant and the Cuban government agreed to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable that would be laid sometime in the future.”

Engadget: YouTube TV is now available in every US TV market. “YouTube TV is now available in every US TV market after it arrived in Glendive, Montana, the last one YouTube needed to finish the rollout. It had just a few markets to add after a broad expansion in January, which made the service available to 98 percent of Americans at the time.”

The Japan Times: Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app. “One of the top U.S. LGBT charities ejected Google from a gay and transgender rights ranking on Thursday for hosting an app that advises people on how to ‘recover’ from same-sex attraction.” But wait, there’s more. Google has removed the app after a lot of public pushback.

Mashable: Facebook removes more pages in Philippines for misleading activity. “Facebook has continued its crackdown on coordinated misinformation in the Philippines. The social media giant said on Friday it had taken down more than 200 pages, groups, and accounts in the country, which it said misled others about who they were and what they were doing.”


The Distant Librarian: Thoughts on building my first bar chart race with Flourish. “If you’re on social media you’ve probably seen a bunch of bar chart races pop up in the past couple of weeks. The folks at Flourish have a good post chronicling the ‘new’ phenomenon. Even better, Flourish created a template which makes it pretty easy to build your own, so that’s what I did. Here are my thoughts on the process, along with some suggestions for making it even better.” I had never heard of bar chart races. Watch the video, it’s wild. And if you want more background, as Paul noted the Flourish blog post is a good place to start.


The Verge: Inmates in Finland are training AI as part of prison labor. “‘Prison labor’ is usually associated with physical work, but inmates at two prisons in Finland are doing a new type of labor: classifying data to train artificial intelligence algorithms for a startup. Though the startup in question, Vainu, sees the partnership as a kind of prison reform that teaches valuable skills, other experts say it plays into the exploitative economics of prisoners being required to work for very low wages.”

Nevada Today: University Libraries using Virtual Reality technology to preserve the past. “Technology, entertainment and design. These three topics make up the acronym TED, a media organization that continues to spur and share new ideas worldwide. TEDxUniversityofNevada, an independently organized event, recently took place, and featured 22 talks and performances, all with big ideas worth spreading. The event saw record-setting attendance with more than 1,700 people present in the audience. The University of Nevada, Reno’s own Michelle Rebaleati was one of the events speakers. She is a multimedia production specialist for University Libraries. Rebaleati captivated the audience with her big idea worth spreading: Using virtual reality to preserve the past.”

University of Maryland: NEH grant will digitize local dance archive . “Founded in 1976, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD, gained international acclaim by producing more than 100 innovative dance or theater works and touring throughout the United States and abroad. The grant-funded project will digitize and make freely available online 1,329 videotape recordings of rehearsals and performances as well as 211 performance programs of this renowned local institution.”


Ars Technica: FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790. “The Federal Communications Commission has issued $208.4 million in fines against robocallers since 2015, but the commission has collected only $6,790 of that amount. That’s because the FCC lacks authority to enforce the penalties, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal.”


Columbia Journalism Review: A Public Record at Risk: The Dire State of News Archiving in the Digital Age. “This research report explores archiving practices and policies across newspapers, magazines, wire services, and digital-only news producers, with the aim of identifying the current state of archiving and potential strategies for preserving content in an age of digital distribution. Between March 2018 and January 2019, we conducted interviews with 48 individuals from 30 news organizations and preservation initiatives.” VERY LONG but packed with info. Many thanks to Tish Wells for sending it my way. Good morning, Internet…

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