Mexico Comic Books, Skype, Dropbox, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 1, 2019


El Universal: UNAM creates digital collection of Mexican comic books. “Now, you can find more than 1,400 comic books in ‘Pepines,’ a website created by UNAM’s Bibliographical Studies Institute (IIB). The website is a result of 12 years of work and was developed in cooperation with the Innovation and Digital Strategy Coordination of the IIB and the Cataloging Department at Mexico’s National Newspaper Library.” UNAM is Mexico’s National Autonomous University.


Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome. “It’s been a long time since Microsoft last shared what’s new in the latest Skype updates. The app has been getting updates somewhat consistently, and Insiders are now up to version 8.46, but the last time we had heard anything new was for version 8.43 in April. That’s changing though, as the team has shared that, with version, Skype for Web now supports screen sharing, even if you’ll need to be using Google Chrome.”

Engadget: Paid Dropbox users are getting 1TB more storage space today. “Dropbox has spent much of the last few years focused on its products for enterprise business, but the company got its start by offering a simple, reasonably priced cloud storage and sync option. With major competition in the space from Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud, Dropbox today is making its plans a bit more enticing.”


Fstoppers: How to Make Your Instagram Feed More Enjoyable and Useful. “The real value of Instagram is seeing the mostly unfiltered lives of people all over the world. I have no idea why someone would want to keep up with some Kardashian, or any other out of touch celebrity. The Instagram algorithm is not much better if you are looking for variety in your life. I’m always unimpressed by the repetition that shows up in that feed, sometimes it’s identical images or images so similar they might as well be the same.”


YourStory: Meet the American who is creating a high-quality digital public library in India. “The internet was envisioned as an open standard, where information would flow freely and everyone would have access to it. In an ideal world, sure, but in the real one, free flow of information is a distant dream, with a heightened amount of data colonisation. However, there are those who refuse to give up that dream. One such is Carl Malamud.”

WLOS: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation seeks support for slate of projects. “The development of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its evolution over the decades are fascinating stories that are brought to life through photographs dating back to the initial days of construction in the 1930s. Thousands of images in the Parkway’s archives are not available for public viewing. This project will begin the process of organizing and digitizing historical park photographs to make them available online for the public to learn from and enjoy.” The foundation is seeking to raise $25,000 to fund this project.

University of California at Santa Cruz: Library awarded grant to digitize 670 tapes from Cabrillo Music Festival. “UC Santa Cruz has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize 670 audio recordings featuring a wide variety of works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music from 1964 to 1990.” The project is expected to be complete by April of next year. There wasn’t too much about the festival itself in this announcement from UC Santa Cruz, but apparently it’s a festival for contemporary symphonic music..


The Register: Facebook ordered to open internal docs for investors livid about losing cash following data slurp scandal. “A court in Delaware has backed investors who want to see internal emails and other documents relating to how Facebook handed data on 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica.”


Ars Technica: Augmented reality changes how people interact and communicate, study finds. “According to researchers at Stanford University, layering computer-generated content, like someone’s avatar, onto a real-world environment will influence people’s behavior as if that person were really present. The researchers described the results of three recent experiments on the impact of AR on social interactions in a new paper in PLOS ONE.”

Bustle: Using Social Media To Cope With Stress Can Negatively Impact Your IRL Friendships, A New Study Says. “You know the feeling: work is stressful, and so is planning that weekend trip, and remembering to pick up the laundry, and, let’s be honest, friends and relationships can be stressful, too. So you scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram on a loop, on and on. (Maybe Tumblr is just me.) And while scrolling through social media might feel comforting in the moment, a new study suggests that the more stressed people are, the more they use social media in negative ways.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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