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Children’s Books, Supply Chains, Instagram, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 1, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Classic Works of Children’s Books Published More Than 100 Years Ago Now Online at the Library of Congress. “In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week (April 29 to May 5), today the Library of Congress launched a unique online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.”

Arizona State University: Scientists map food supply chains for every US city. “No matter where you are in the United States, the food on your plate probably started its life in Fresno, California. Vegetables follow a complex supply chain that moves bumper crops of delectable lettuce, tomatoes, fruits and nuts from where they’re grown to where they’re used. How do we know? New data from the FEWSION Project, led by Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University scientists, can now illustrate how every corner of America is connected.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

New York Times: A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation. “The teenager’s Instagram posts start out breezily enough. Eva Heyman, who just got her first pair of heels for her 13th birthday, films herself eating ice cream in the park. There’s also a teenage crush. But everything rapidly turns dark. Eva’s Instagram account, based on a diary kept by the real Eva Heyman in 1944, will go live Wednesday afternoon for the start of Israel’s annual Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.”

Billboard: Twitter Announces New Video-Content Deals with Live Nation, Viacom & More. “Twitter is expanding its lineup of live and on demand programming across entertainment, news, sports and gaming with a new round of brand partnerships, including a concert and festival series with Live Nation and an interactive live stream at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The partnerships were announced on Monday (April 29) at the Digital Content NewFronts in New York City.”

The Verge: F8 is here — and so are some really big questions about Facebook’s future. “Most of the giant platforms have an easy pitch for developers. Apple developers make apps for iOS and Mac, then sell them for money. Google developers make Android apps and ChromeOS hardware, then sell them for money. Amazon developers launch businesses on AWS or Amazon’s storefront, and then sell goods and services for money. Today Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference kicks off in San Jose, and it’s worth noting how complicated its pitch to developers has become.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: ‘They’re not property’: the people who want their ancestors back from British museums. “On 20 March this year, more than 150 years after they were cut from the corpse of the Ethiopian emperor Tewodros II by a British soldier, two locks of hair were returned by the National Army Museum in London after a request from Addis Ababa. A few days later, Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja signed an agreement to repatriate thousands of artefacts, including a number of skulls, to the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island. And in April, German institutions will conduct their largest ever transfer of remains to Australia, involving 53 items from five sites in Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin. This follows a ‘joint declaration on the handling of colonial collections’ by ministers from all 16 German states, which argued that human material ‘does not belong’ behind glass.”

The Daily Iowan: Transgender Oral History Project celebrates and preserves trans history in Iowa. “An oral-history project can help preserve history of communities and serves as an important archive for those hoping to do research. A University of Iowa researcher hopes to create that kind of archive for the transgender community across the state with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa.”

The Outline: The woman who recorded 70,000 VHS tapes of… news. “In December 2013, the Internet Archive, a non-profit in San Francisco committed to creating a free digital library, received 70,000 VHS tapes comprising a treasure trove of televised news. Apart from coverage of historical events like 9/11, the tapes contained quirky local stories that never commanded particular attention beyond the day they aired. They all came from a single source: Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began recording the news during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, and didn’t stop until her death in 2012.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The West Australian: Facebook, Google pay $40m in tax on combined sales of more than $1 billion. “Facebook and Google paid less than $40 million in tax between them in Australia last year on more than $1.1 billion in advertising sales. Documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show Facebook Australia raked in $579.7 million from advertising in 2018 — plus another $696,000 from what it calls ‘services’ — but paid $454.9 million in costs to an overseas subsidiary to arrive at a net revenue of figure of $125.5 million.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Facebook opens data trove for academics to study its influence on elections. “How does Facebook affect elections? Sixty academics are getting the chance to find out. The social media giant is opening up its privacy-protected data to researchers from 30 academic institutions across 11 countries, according to a Facebook post on Monday. The data spans from January 2017 to February 2019. The researchers were chosen by Facebook’s partners at Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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