Copyright Data, Smithsonian Audio, Spotify, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 30, 2019


Everybody’s Libraries: More and better copyright data online for serials and books. “It’s getting easier over time to find and use data on copyrights, and thereby to find and make use of materials in the public domain. Here’s a quick update on what’s new and what’s coming, in my projects and elsewhere.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Transcription of Audio Collections. “The Smithsonian Transcription Center now invites members of the public to transcribe digitized audio collections from across the Smithsonian. The program, ‘TC Sound,’ is the first federal crowdsourcing platform to offer audio transcription projects to its volunteers. Visual film transcription will debut in the fall.”

Engadget: Spotify’s Soundtrap audio editing tool to offer free unlimited storage. “Soundtrap, the cloud-based editing tool for music and podcasts, has decided to throw in free unlimited storage for its non-paying members. Previously, Soundtrap’s basic plan limited users to only five saved songs or projects. Starting today, those who own the unpaid version of either Soundtrap or Soundtrap for Storytellers (designed especially for podcasts) will have as much storage they need.”


The Verge: How to move from Chrome to another browser. “Of course, anyone who has used a browser for any length of time will have built up a considerable library of bookmarks, preferences, and saved passwords. If you do move to a new browser, you won’t have to sacrifice your bookmarks; you can easily import them from Chrome into your new browser. Here’s how to do it.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Find DIY Crafts and Projects for Kids and Teens. “Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a younger child, you need to complement their book-based education with hands-on projects. These free websites have a collection of DIY crafts and projects for kids of all ages.”


Mashable: The innate pleasures of the YouTube music rabbit hole . “YouTube channels like Majestic Casual are a continuation of the independent music blogs which became highly influential in the early-to-mid ‘00s. Throughout that era, bands like Vampire Weekend became instant stars thanks to these hype-generating blogs, where a few low-quality MP3s and some nice words helped put one on the map.” YouTube has got me listening to a lot more music I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise, especially chillhop and jazzhop.

This is Africa: Kenya is creating a database of plundered cultural artefacts and their current locations. “While other African countries have been petitioning for decades and are actively moving towards the repatriation of cultural artefacts that were plundered during the colonial era, Kenya has only recently launched an investigation into which objects were removed from the East African nation, where in the West they are housed and who holds the agency to demand their repatriation.”

The National: Nearly two thousand people granted social media influencer licences in UAE. “More than a thousand people have been granted licences to operate as social media influencers in the UAE since new laws regulating the industry were brought into force last year. Influencers must apply for a trade licence and an e-media licence at a cost of Dh15,000 to post content promoting brands on social media, under rules introduced by the National Media Council in March last year.”


CNET: Facebook again fails to block DC attorney general’s lawsuit. “Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine has said his court case against Facebook for last year’s Cambridge Analytica data breach will go ahead. Facebook’s second attempt to block the lawsuit has now failed, Racine tweeted Friday.”

Neowin: Italy imposes €1m fine on Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “Garante Privacy, the official data protection authority in Italy, has found Facebook guilty of crimes committed under the Cambridge Analytica case for which it has issued a penalty of €1m to the social-media behemoth. The protective authority imposes blame on the company for breaching Italian privacy laws pertaining to user data. The fine in question has been charged based on the previous legislation, as the relevant privacy laws were updated in January earlier this year.” €1 million euros is a bit over $1.3 million USD.

The Register: Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled. “Health implant maker MedTronic is recalling some of its insulin pumps following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the equipment that can be exploited over the air to hijack them.”


Stanford News: New Stanford research shows difference in language used by Republicans and Democrats. “New Stanford linguistics research has analyzed how Republicans and Democrats use different language when discussing mass shootings on social media and found that Republicans talk more about the shooter and Democrats focus more on the victims.” Good morning, Internet…

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