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Bee Species, AP News, Facebook Groups, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 19, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

CBC News: University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 different bee species. “It’s World Bee Day and thanks to a new digital collection of images featuring species native to Alberta, the bee community will have a valuable new resource to enable it to study endangered species and develop healthier environments for bees.”

Library of Congress: New Online: The AP Washington Bureau, 1915-1930. “The Associated Press Washington Bureau News Dispatches between the tumultuous years between 1915 and 1930 are now online at the Library, providing readers and researchers with a look at how some of the biggest events of the era were reported to millions of readers across the nation. The 378,082 images in the collection fill 375 volumes and cover World War I, women’s suffrage, the Roaring ’20s, the Jazz Age and the stock market crashes of 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression. ”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: The bizarre reason why several Facebook Groups just changed their privacy settings . “Several popular Facebook Groups since Wednesday have switched their privacy settings to ‘secret’ following the ban of a popular meme group page with nearly 500,000 members. The group Crossovers Nobody Asked For (CNAF) appears to have been targeted by a collective known as the Indonesian Reporting Commission, who falsely mass-reported CNAF for hate speech. ”

The Verge: DeviantArt Is Growing Up With Its Biggest Redesign Ever. “In social network years, DeviantArt is ancient. To paint a picture of the era it was born in, the online creative community was originally started in 2000 to share skins for media players like Winamp. But CEO Angelo Sotira, who co-founded the site when he was 19, maintains that the platform is very young, at least when you look at the age of its users and how long they’ve been making art. Now, after its acquisition by the website-building platform Wix in 2017, the site’s perennial army-green design is being revamped with a sleek new layout called DeviantArt Eclipse.” How did I miss that DeviantArt had been acquired by Wix?

MAKE: WeChat Launches Maker Program for In-App Content Creation. “Today at Maker Faire Bay Area, WeChat launches its new WeChat Maker initiative, which aims for developers to build fun new mini apps inside the WeChat ecosystem. Leveraging Javascript and the WeChat maker API, creators can design programs that hit on the whimsical-to-delightful side of the coding world.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Myanmar Times: Open History project. “In Myanmar, one man is on the path to build a library of many millions of words by collecting as much archival, antiqued and stored treasure as possible to save it for posterity. The collection also includes videos and artworks. He is Ko Aung Soe Min of Pansodan gallery. With the vast materials already collected, Ko Aung Soe Min has put on shows in Yangon and Magway, among other places, for the benefit of the public. He named this show, the ‘Open History Project’.”

Asian Image: First ever photo archive of Asian Women and their cars to be launched. “Artist Dawinder Bansal is celebrating ‘Asian Women and Cars’ in the first ever photo archive of South Asian women and their cars. Asian Women & Cars: The Road to Independence is a brand new art installation and film about the first generation of South Asian women who learned to drive in the UK.” The site appears to be VERY new and there isn’t much content yet.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Computerworld: Movie studios unswayed by ‘search engine’ argument in anti-piracy case. “Legal counsel for a group of movie studios has dismissed an argument that an overseas-hosted site that links to videos but doesn’t host them does not fall afoul of Australia’s anti-piracy laws.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Nature: Indonesia tops open-access publishing charts. “European funders have been leading a charge under ‘Plan S’ to make more of the scientific literature free to read. Yet the nations that publish the highest proportion of their research papers open access (OA) aren’t in Europe, according to a preliminary analysis shared with Nature. Instead, countries in southeast Asia, Africa and South America are leading the way — thanks to a flourishing network of local open-access journals and publishing portals.”

Georgia Tech: New Tool First to Automate App ‘Slicing’ Capabilities for Developers. “Whether it’s a theme park, music festival, or vacation destination, there’s always a new app. But, downloading a new app onto an already cluttered smartphone can challenging, particularly with limited network connectivity. A new plug-in tool created at Georgia Tech for app developers, however, lets people select and use relevant ‘slices’ of an app without the entire download on their phone. Known as ‘AppSlicer’, the tool builds on existing dynamic program slicing capabilities, but it is the first of its kind to eliminate the need for additional coding by automating the process for app developers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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