London Transport Museum, German Art Market, Vermont Green Mountain Digital Archive, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 7, 2019

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IanVisits: London Transport Museum makes hi-res photos available online. “The London Transport Museum has put high resolution images of over 500 artefacts and artworks from its heritage collection onto Google’s Arts & Culture platform.”


The Getty Iris: Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance Index. “After four years of work, the Getty Provenance Index® has greatly expanded its database of German art sales catalogs, adding nearly 570,000 records of artwork sales for the years 1900 to 1929. This expansion, adding to existing records for the years 1930 to 1945, gives researchers in provenance and the art market unprecedented information on auction sales in Germany and Austria during the volatile years of the early twentieth century, including the periods of World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the years of politically sanctioned Nazi looting prior to and during World War II.”

Digital Public Library of America: Vermont Green Mountain Digital Archive Joins DPLA. “Vermont Green Mountain Digital Archive’s 57,000 items include local and regional history like photographs capturing rural New England town life; Vermonters’ Civil War letters, and broadsides dating to the 18th century, alongside materials that are international in scope like Dr. Edgar Hyde’s photographs from his service as an Army Medical Corps officer during World War II. ”

Chicago Tribune: Auction wars? George Lucas and Mellody Hobson could battle bidders for historic Ebony photo archives.. “The Ebony photo archives, a unique and expansive window into the African American experience, are set to go on the auction block in July, pending approval from a Chicago federal bankruptcy court.” Times like these I wish I had a big pile of money. I’d buy the archives and put them online, making them available with a SA-NC Creative Commons license. I’d charge a modest fee for commercial usage and use that money to create free lesson plans using the photographs for K-12 teachers. But the most I can do is tell you about it.


BBC: China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State. “China’s WeChat is a site for social interaction, a form of currency, a dating app, a tool for sporting teams and deliverer of news: Twitter, Facebook, Googlemaps, Tinder and Apple Pay all rolled into one. But it is also an ever more powerful weapon of social control for the Chinese government.”

NBC News: Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 U.S. election also made ad money, report says. “The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and executed — and also more lucrative — than previously understood, according to a new analysis of nearly 10 million tweets by a leading cybersecurity firm.”


TechCrunch: Jewish dating app JCrush exposed user data and private messages. “A security lapse at JCrush, a dating app designed for the Jewish community, left a database open without a password, exposing sensitive user records and private messages to anyone who knew where to look.”

Ars Technica: Millions of machines affected by command execution flaw in Exim mail server. “Millions of Internet-connected machines running the open source Exim mail server may be vulnerable to a newly disclosed vulnerability that, in some cases, allows unauthenticated attackers to execute commands with all-powerful root privileges.”


US News & World Report: A New Tool to Improve Community Health. “In what may be one of the largest population health collaborations in the U.S., 100 Million Healthier Lives on Monday launched a new framework to help entities across sectors and at all levels – including local communities, nonprofit organizations, health care systems and the federal government – coordinate their efforts, with the ultimate goal of using the shared data to work in sync to improve health across the U.S.”

Mozilla: The web the world needs can be ours again, if we want it. “You should not have to worry about trading privacy and control in order to enjoy the technology you love. Tech companies have put the onus on people to read through their opaque terms and conditions tied to your data and privacy to use their services. The average privacy policy from a tech company is thousands of words and written at a level that often requires legal training to interpret. As such the vast majority of people don’t bother to read, and just click through these agreements trusting that the companies have their interests at heart.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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