Mississippi Photography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Instagram, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 3, 2019


The dispatch: Time capsule: Looking back, through the lens of Carl Brown’s camera . “For more than four decades, Carl Eugene Brown (1918-1998) was a recorder of history in Lowndes County and its surrounds. Frame by frame, he photographed community celebrations, grand openings, recitals, animals, businesses, proms, plays and portraits — the milestones and the everyday. A collection of about 20,000 of Brown’s negatives and prints was donated to the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in 2016 by Sam Laffoon, owner of The Grapevine, in memory of his late wife, Kittie C. Laffoon. ”


Meduza: Russian Academy of Sciences archive reopens after debts forced it to close in March. “The archive’s financial trouble began in 2018 when the umbrella agency above it, the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, was liquidated, leaving ARAN to join the Education Ministry’s budget. That budget did not include funds for paying off the archive’s debts, including a large dept to the company Stroimonolit, which is designing a new building for the archive in St. Petersburg.”

Refinery29: You Can Now Start A Group Chat Directly From Your Instagram Story. “It’s officially getting even easier to connect with your friends on the ‘gram. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out a Chat sticker that lets you launch into a group chat with your followers directly from your Story.”

The Verge: House lawmakers officially ask Facebook to put Libra cryptocurrency project on hold. “House Democrats are requesting Facebook halt development of its proposed cryptocurrency project Libra, as well as its digital wallet Calibra, until Congress and regulators have time to investigate the possible risks it poses to the global financial system.”


Poynter: Tools to liberate scholarly articles, help sources understand journalism and publish printable online zines . “This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools.” I usually don’t link to the roundup-type articles but this was pretty much all good.


The Jerusalem Post: Italian Jewish Institutions In Search Of Historical Amateur Movies. “Between July 1 and October 2, anyone who possesses amateur movies documenting Italian Jewish life, from before and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, is invited to reach out so that the material can be digitized and catalogued. ‘It is very hard to find footage as valuable as those filmed by Di Segni, or by the Ovazza family, shot between 1930 and 1936,’ CDEC director Gadi Luzzatto Voghera told the Italian Jewish paper Pagine Ebraiche on Monday. ‘For this reason, we are interested also in films from the period after the war.'”

WUSF: African American History Lost In Tampa Graveyard. “Last fall, a cemetery historian came upon a few death certificates from a little-known Tampa burial ground called Zion and he wanted help to learn more about it. Tampa Bay Times journalist Paul Guzzo took the story on, and after nine months of research, he discovered that no one really knows what happened to hundreds of bodies that were buried in Tampa’s first African American cemetery.”

Vice: Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess. “Google’s internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality.”


Everybody’s Libraries: Everybody’s Library Questions: Newspaper copyrights, notices, and renewals. “Because I blog about copyrights for serials, I occasionally get questions in comments to my posts about determining what exactly is copyrighted in those serials. I’ve been slow to answer them in the comments threads, partly because some of them get a bit complicated to answer there. So instead, I’ll answer them in posts of their own, so I can spend a bit more time on them, and so that others can more easily make their own comments.”

Bloomberg Businessweek: The Hotel Hackers Are Hiding in the Remote Control Curtains. “Hackers target financial institutions because that’s where the money is, and they target retail chains because that’s where people spend the money. Hotels might be a less obvious target, but they’re hacked almost as often because of the valuable data that passes through them, like credit cards and trade secrets.”


The Naked Scientists: Farm animals are talking and we are listening. “Old McDonald should be listening to what his overcrowded, over-medicated, and overlooked animals say… Meanwhile, a team from Queen Mary University in London and the University of Roehampton are, thanks to a deep learning AI that can tune in to what farm animals are saying. It can tell whether cows and pigs are happy and well-fed, or sick and distressed – all from their moos and oinks.”

EurekAlert: Tweeting while watching TV diminishes enjoyment. “Toggling between viewing entertainment and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a new University of Connecticut study. Researchers studied an experience that has become increasingly common: More than half of television viewers aged 18 to 24 use a second screen web-connected device for engaging on social media to discuss what they are watching, according to previous research.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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