National Oil Companies, Jacob Wainwright, Turfley-Dorsey Family, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, April 27, 2019


Brookings: New data on governance of national oil companies: Why transparency and oversight matter . “The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) conducted a survey of 71 NOCs worldwide in order to assemble the world’s largest open database of NOC operational and financial information. We believe that the database… will help improve oversight—and aid NOCs’ leaders—by providing a stronger basis for understanding what peer companies are doing elsewhere and facilitating research on patterns across NOCs. The database contains more than 70,000 data points covering more than 100 indicators.”

The Guardian: Diary of explorer David Livingstone’s African attendant published. “The diary of an African attendant on the Scottish explorer David Livingstone’s final journey into the continent has been published online, containing the only handwritten witness account of the the Victorian missionary’s death in 1873. The manuscript was written by Jacob Wainwright, a member of the Yao ethnic group from east Africa and the only African pallbearer at the explorer’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1874.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Photo archive chronicles 3 generations of a family’s Pittsburgh story. “The sepia-toned images chronicle a Pittsburgh story rarely told: three generations of a prominent black family whose members include doctors, athletes, public servants,Tuskegee airmen and some of the smartest, most determined women you’ll ever meet. Though tiny compared with the 80,000 images shot by Pittsburgh Courier photographer Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris, the Dorsey-Turfley photo archive is just as compelling for one simple reason: We know almost everyone in the pictures.”


The Japan Times: The Japan Times Archives expanded to include The Japan Advertiser 1913-1940. “The Japan Times, Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. President: Mr. Takeharu Tsutsumi) has added new content — The Japan Advertiser (1913-1940) — to its digital archives, The Japan Times Archives (1897-2018). Published during a period encompassing the Taisho Period and the early Showa Era, The Japan Advertiser depicts the Japan of almost a century ago from the perspective of foreign journalists. The content includes news articles as well as stories aimed at foreigners living in Japan that introduced Japanese culture, and advertising that reflects the social and economic climate of those times.” The announcement notes that this archive is available only to institutional subscribers and not individuals (unfortunately).

Google Blog: A new way to find work-from-home (or wherever) opportunities. “Whether you’re a parent needing more flexibility or someone looking for the freedom to work wherever you’d like, a work from home job might meet your lifestyle needs. Many people already use Search to find work-from-home roles, and today we’re announcing an improved experience within job search in the U.S. to connect people with quality remote jobs.”

Wall Street Journal: Filmmaker George Lucas, Wife Mellody Hobson Seek Control of Ebony, Jet Archives. “Businesswoman Mellody Hobson and her husband, filmmaker George Lucas, are seeking to take control of Ebony and Jet magazines’ archives, a collection of thousands of pictures and recordings chronicling about 70 years of African-American life and culture that includes original photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou.” Tell you the truth I’ve been fretting about the fate of this photo archive. It’s priceless and irreplaceable. I was really hoping the Library of Congress would get it.


Hongkiat: 6 Free Editing Tools to Improve Writing for Bloggers. “After hours of researching facts and figures, organizing your notes like crazy, and hammering away at your keyboard, you’re finally done with your killer blog post. Congratulations for making it that far. Not all blog post ideas get turned into working drafts. Now, all you have to do is edit. That might take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the quality of your draft.”

How-To Geek: Forget Inbox Zero: Use OHIO to Triage Your Emails Instead. “If your inbox is a desert of minimalist white and you swiftly deal with the occasional email that dares sully the pristine tidiness, this probably isn’t for you. We’ve got lots more things to read that will be of more interest to you. But if you’ve got an inbox with hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of emails in it, you need a way to get things under control. ‘Inbox Zero,’ which aims to keep your inbox empty, is trendy—but we have a superior solution.”

Lifehacker: Hate the Twitter Redesign? Don’t Worry, You Can Revert Back. “Twitter has been rolling out its newest redesign for the desktop site over the past several months. The new layout has a more compact and streamlined look and adds in new features such as image editing tools and a bookmarked tweets tab. Not everyone’s stoked on the changes, though, since the simpler design hides certain features and information behind other tabs and, according to anecdotal reports, seems to ignore certain personal settings and fills your timeline with an excess of tweets from people you don’t follow.”


Washington Post: Giving facts a fighting chance: Learning how to know what to believe. “In an era when the president of the United States derides real news as ‘fake’ and the truth is often ignored, the ability to distinguish fact from fiction is as important a skill as any other that kids learn in school. That’s what the nonprofit News Literacy Project is doing in schools around the country: providing resources and working with educators to teach middle school and high school students how to know what news and information to trust.”

Scroll .in: On a new Instagram account, Indians and Pakistanis are sharing their memories of living in the Gulf. “In today’s world, when migrants are increasingly being viewed with fear and suspicion, one story that successfully endures is that of the migration of South Asians to the Persian Gulf. Several centuries after the exchange of cultures and commerce began between the regions, around 3 lakh Indians still travel to the Gulf nations every year for work, adding to the range and complexity of the diasporic experience. These varied experiences are what a new Instagram account, called Gulfsouthasians, has set out to capture, with photographs connecting the Persian Gulf and South Asia in the 20th century.”

Engadget: Facebook’s AI missed Christchurch shooting videos filmed in first-person. “In the 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting, Facebook removed 1.5 million videos worldwide, but more than a month later, footage was still circulating on the platform. Now, the company says its AI had a hard time detecting the footage because of the way in which it was filmed.” Good morning, Internet…

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