British Empire Maps, Howard Thurman, Starr Report, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, April 22, 2019


British Library: British Empire maps of Africa added online. “Around the turn of the 20th century the British War Office in London maintained a library of original, mostly hand-drawn mapping that covered large parts of the world where detailed and reliable surveys were not otherwise available. The maps were gathered from a rich variety of sources including military expeditions, boundary commissions, explorers, travellers, missionaries and spies, and they were used by the War Office for making and revising official printed products.”

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship: Pitts Theology Library launches the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. “The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. ECDS supported the Pitts Theology Library in the creation of the website, which highlights materials related to Thurman’s life. The website also hosts audio recordings of many of Thurman’s sermons, speeches, lectures, and interviews.”


Nieman Lab: Ready to read the report?!? Despite decades of digital decay, The Washington Post’s 1998 copy of the Starr Report is still alive. “As Attorney General William Barr fielded reporters at a presser (hours before releasing the actual report), the same ole Post link from 1998 made the rounds on Twitter. The only other complete file of it I could find was from the Government Publishing Office, available in plain text and PDF.”

Techaeris: Minnesota entrepreneur launches social media site The Horn as a Facebook alternative. “While The Horn isn’t the first alternative to Facebook, check MeWe, Minds, and Mastodon (to name a few), it is sort of a different take. The Horn is a paid social network which gives you an ad-free experience and keeps your privacy, private.”

PC World: The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed. “The last major Windows update broke some systems with particular antivirus software installed, and it’s seemingly getting worse.”


Boing Boing: Make and share your own GameBoy adventures without learning to code. “GB Studio is a ‘free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system.’ Use a modern visual scripting interface to create Zelda-style 2D role-playing games that run on the Nintendo Game Boy or standalone on the web.”


KPIX: Mueller Report Lays Out Social Media Companies’ Role In Election Interference. “Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram became unwitting accomplices in a massive and sophisticated campaign by Russian agents to influence the 2016 Presidential election, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that released Thursday by the Justice Department.”

The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government. “University of Alberta librarian Katie Cuyler says industry experts and academics have requested she begin ‘guerrilla archiving’ critical information they fear could disappear under a new United Conservative government.”

Quartz: 2020 candidates’ 404 pages, ranked by cringe factor. “Presidential campaigns have found a way to use every part of the internet to spread extremely-carefully-scripted-but-totally-relatable content about their candidates. The final frontier: their campaign websites’ 404 messages—that is, the error page that pops up when you click on a broken link or try to navigate to a URL within the site that doesn’t exist.”


Engadget: Hacker posts over 4,000 sensitive documents from Mexican embassy. “Thousands of documents containing sensitive information belonging to Mexico’s embassy in Guatemala were leaked online this week by a hacker. The stolen cache contained more than 4,800 files related to the embassy’s activities including its dealings with personal documents belonging to Mexican citizens.”

Genealogy’s Star: Reclaim the Records Files the Biggest Lawsuit Ever. “If you are a genealogist and you are unfamiliar with Reclaim the Records, you should be not only familiar with them, but actively supporting them. Record access is one of the major obstacles to genealogical research. Granted, some records, such as the 1890 U.S. Federal Census have been lost through bungling and mismanagement. Other records have been lost through natural disasters and poor conservation practices. But here in the United States, many valuable genealogical records are merely unavailable to genealogical researchers either because they have been hidden behind a paywall or, what is worse, a bureaucratic wall. These obstacles affect all of us, whether we are searching out our ancestors or not.”


The Next Web: Live streaming is overdue for an overhaul. Here’s why.. “For a while, it seemed like live streaming was going to be the future. Social media platforms like Facebook introduced a way for people to share their experiences in the moment, and some dedicated streaming platforms arose purely to satisfy the world’s demands for live streaming. Now, a variety of technical limitations, content problems, and user preferences are pressuring major tech companies to give live streaming a major overhaul. The question is, will this be enough to maintain live streaming’s trajectory as a visual medium of choice in the online world?” Good morning, Internet…

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