1980s Culture, Jesuit Mission Press, E-Discovery, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 4, 2019


National Library of Scotland: 1980s retrospective website goes live. “Themes running through the website range from international relations, to popular culture and society. Further content will be added in each of the themes throughout the year.”

Asian and African Studies Blog: Jesuit Mission Press ‘Feiqe monogatari’ now online. “One of the most important items in the British Library’s Japanese collections is a small, rather ordinary-looking, leather-bound volume, generally known as Feiqe monogatari (BL shelfmark Or.59.aa.1). Despite its appearance, it is, in fact, a remarkable work in a number of ways. Firstly, it was one of the earliest books printed in Japan using movable type rather than the traditional woodblocks, secondly, it is the first non-religious text printed in colloquial Japanese transcribed into the Roman alphabet, offering valuable insights into the phonology of the Japanese language in the 16th century, and thirdly, it is the world’s only extant copy.”

UF Law: UF Law Launches Florida E-Discovery Case Law Database. “The database collects Florida state and federal e-discovery related decisions, opinions, and orders. Each e-discovery ruling is carefully summarized to provide enhanced search functionality of key concepts. Additionally, the database organizes the rulings into useable e-discovery concepts, allowing decisions to be searched by court, date, judge, rule, and e-discovery issues, tags, and subjects. The database also allows users to download PDF copies of the ruling and related case documents.” If the concept of e-discovery is not familiar to you, CDS has a primer.


Google Blog: EU Political Advertising Transparency Report 2019. “To help people better understand the election ads they see online and support the integrity of elections, earlier this year we implemented a new process to verify advertisers for the EU Parliamentary election. We also require that these verified election ads incorporate a clear ‘paid for by’ disclosure. Today, we are expanding our portfolio of transparency reports to include an EU Political Advertising on Google Transparency Report to show voters who is purchasing election ads on Google in the EU and how much money is being spent.”

Jerusalem Post: Sefaria Turns A Female Page. “Educators, rabbis, scholars and the intellectually curious have been turning to Sefaria, a ‘living library of Jewish texts online,’ for years. And on Wednesday, the platform finally added its first female commentator, the renowned professor and scholar Nechama Leibowitz. ”

CNN: Seven weeks later, videos of New Zealand attack still circulating on Facebook and Instagram. “Almost seven weeks after a terrorist attack on a New Zealand mosque was streamed live on Facebook, copies of the video are still circulating on Facebook and Instagram. The existence of the videos, some of which have been on the platforms since the day of the attack, are indicative of the challenge tech companies face in combating the spread of white supremacist and other terror-related content on their platforms and raises questions about the effectiveness of Facebook’s efforts to do so in particular.”


New York Times: Jack Dorsey Is Gwyneth Paltrow for Silicon Valley. “Young men are staggering around, hungry for days. They are throwing themselves into ice baths and cryotherapy pods. There are not enough beds at the silent vegan meditation centers to accommodate them. They need more near-infrared bulbs. They are the followers of Jack Dorsey, Silicon Valley’s answer to the mega-influencer Gwyneth Paltrow. The lithe, 42-year-old tech founder has become a one-man Goop.” This is an interesting profile, but I don’t think the comparison is fair. Mr. Dorsey might have things he recommends and endorses, but the last time I checked he didn’t have a lifestyle shopping channel.

Yahoo Sports: FIA calls on Motorsport Network to build database for results history. “The new FIA results website in its initial release will cover 17 FIA championships, including a comprehensive history of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from 1950 onwards and a full record of all other FIA World Championships backed up with results from defunct or superseded series in sportscars, touring cars and rally. The scope of results will be progressively enhanced over the term of the agreement.”


Politico: Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg. “Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to place privacy-minded executives at the company’s highest levels, a source close to the talks told POLITICO on Wednesday — in addition to paying the expected multibillion-dollar fine it disclosed last week.”

Business Day: The Czech Republic may know how to tax Google and Facebook. “The Czech finance ministry plans to have a digital tax proposal ready by the end of this month. What’s known about it so far is different from other nations’ plans in two important ways: the high proposed tax rate of 7%; and the targeting of advertising and personal data sales as the primary base.”


The Pitch: A Kansas State grad student has reconstructed a piece of Vatican music that’s not been heard since 1542. “[Patrick] Dittamo came to the project after learning that the Kansas City Chorale was looking to perform a piece that hadn’t been done in modern times. He started researching underserved composers and came across Escobedo. Only a handful of his pieces had survived, but ‘Missa Ad te levavi’ was one of them, and it had been digitized in the Vatican’s online library. Despite the damage to the document, Dittamo was confident he could transcribe the manuscript. (Last summer, Dittamo completed Yale and Cornell University’s Historical Notation Bootcamp, and he’s currently wrapping up his master’s in music history and compositions.) Still, Dittamo says he underestimated the difficulty of the undertaking.”

Xinhua: China Focus: Digital technologies preserve cultural heritage in China. “Researchers are using 3D scanners to collect data about the size, color and structure of the Nanchan Temple on Wutai Mountain in northern China’s Shanxi Province. They plan to create a digital archive for the temple, which is the oldest extant wooden building from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in China.” Good morning, Internet…

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