LGBTQ Short Films, Hungary Photography, World Heritage Sites, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, July 4, 2019


Qweerist: Award-winning filmmakers launch LGBTQ+ short film streaming platform to ‘entertain and inform’. “QueerBee is a high-quality online collection of hand-picked LGBTQ+ independent short films of all genres for all ages. With the lack of authentic LGBTQ+ storylines in the mainstream media, QueerBee showcases queer stories and talent that otherwise go underrepresented.” Not free, but not ridiculous either – it’s £3.99 a month (just over $5.00 USD.)

Not new, but new-to-me, from Hyperallergic: In Hungary, an Online Photo Archive Fights Revisionist History. “Miklos Tamási, founder of Fortepan, launched the free online photo archive after finding a collection of pictures in a pile of garbage on a Hungarian curbside. He named the site after the Forte film factories in Hungary, and debuted it in 2010 with 5,000 images. Since then, Fortepan has quickly expanded. Today it contains over 114,000 photographs taken by Hungarians between the years 1900 and 1990, and its first-ever exhibit opened in April at the Hungarian National Gallery.”

The Conversation: From Shark Bay seagrass to Stone Age Scotland, we can now assess climate risks to World Heritage. “Climate change is the fastest-growing global threat to World Heritage. However, no systematic approach to assess the climate vulnerability of each particular property has existed – until now. Our newly developed tool, the Climate Vulnerability Index, was showcased this week at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. This CVI provides a systematic way to rapidly assess climate risks to all types of World Heritage properties – natural, cultural and mixed.”


Mashable: Facebook limits the spread of quack cancer treatments but leaves wellness alone. “Facebook announced Tuesday that it had begun combatting the spread of ‘sensational health claims’ on the platform in June. Apparently, the announcement came in response to inquiries from the Wall Street Journal, regarding the paper’s investigation (also published Tuesday), about how “bogus cancer treatment claims” proliferate on Facebook and YouTube. ”

Neowin: Microsoft creates a hub for all of its Insider Programs. “Microsoft has a lot of Insider Programs, and it can be easy to lose track of how many there are. As it turns out, there are seven, and the company is making it a lot easier to keep track of all of them. Today, the firm introduced a single website that has links to all of them.”


Lifehacker: Help Your Anxious Kid Prepare for an Event With Youtube Videos. “Nowadays you can find a video for just about anything your kid is about to experience, whether it’s go through TSA, ride the subway in New York City or visit the dentist for the first time. Pictures and maps can help, too.” Why limit this to kids? Recently I traveled alone by train for the first time in over ten years. I watched several YouTube videos of Amtrak rides and vlogs so I’d have some idea of how things worked. Recognizing much of the process as I experienced it made me more comfortable.


City AM: Former UN climate chief calls for fossil fuel database. “Investors should be given more information about energy companies’ fossil fuel usage so they can steer funding away from activities that contribute to climate change, former UN climate change chief Mary Robinson has said.”

The West Australian: Google Shifts Norseman. “A Google Maps glitch left tourists from Victoria scratching their heads when they arrived in the mining town of Norseman, only for the app to tell them they still had another 142km to go. According to Google, the small town, 200km south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, is actually 118km west as the crow flies in the middle of nowhere.”

New York Times: How Our Photo Archive Team Has Scanned a Million-Plus Pictures. “Tucked away in a small, dimly lit room on the second floor of The New York Times’s headquarters, the team tasked with digitizing the newspaper’s vast archive of photographs recently reached a milestone: one million photos scanned.”


CNN: Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting illegal content. “Facebook has been fined more than $2 million in Germany for inaccurately reporting the amount of illegal content on its platform. German authorities said Tuesday that Facebook had provided ‘incomplete’ information in mandatory transparency reports about illegal content, such as hate speech.”

CNET: TikTok is being investigated over children’s privacy again, report says. “The UK is examining how social video app TikTok handles children’s data and whether it ensures child safety on its platform, a report says. The investigation follows TikTok paying up $5.7 million to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it illegally collected personal information from children.”


British Library Medieval Manuscripts Blog: Insular Manuscripts: Networks of Knowledge. “For the last three years, the ‘Insular Manuscripts: Networks of Knowledge’ project has been investigating the large number of manuscripts written in insular scripts between the mid-7th and the mid-9th centuries. The project aims to examine knowledge exchange in early medieval Europe through analysis of these manuscripts. Some of the manuscripts were written in Britain and Ireland, but many were written in Francia and northern Italy, in monasteries which had been founded by missionaries from Ireland and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.” Good morning, Internet…

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