WWI Stories, Spreadsheets, Hyperlinks, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 12, 2019

I currently have over 850 emails to go through and I am running very far behind. If you have emailed, please, please, PLEASE be patient with me. Thank you.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Digital archive reveals First World War stories. “More than 800 family stories from the First World War have been preserved for future generations to share in a digital archive, created by the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and the University of Oxford. Following a series of roadshows and community-led events, the free-to-access Lest We Forget online archive will preserve a snapshot what life was like for the wartime generation.”


Amit Agarwal strikes again! From Digital Inspiration: How to Email Spreadsheets Automatically on a Recurring Schedule. “Introducing Email Spreadsheets, a Google Sheets add-on that lets you automate the reporting of spreadsheet data and dashboards by email. If you are an office worker who has been emailing spreadsheets to colleagues manually, this add-on will save you a ton of time. And because it runs on the Google Cloud, your spreadsheet reports will be delivered even while you are offline or on vacation.”

Gizmodo: How to Take Control of Where Every Link on Your Phone or Computer Opens Up. “Links make the digital world go round—links to your Twitter profile or the daily headlines or a file stored in the cloud. Being able to manage those links and open them more efficiently can be a bigger time-saver in your day than you might think… and so we’re going to outline how you can take more control over your links on mobile and desktop.”


Philadelphia Gay News: Digital LGBTQ archive launches, with corporate help. “The project’s ultimate goal is the digital centralization of LGBTQ materials currently housed in dozens of archives, libraries and museums across the country. Items to be digitized run the gamut of historical artifacts, from photographs, letters and video clips to posters, visual art and historical records. Big-hitting acquisitions include memorabilia from the Stonewall Riots, whose 50th anniversary was marked by numerous events late last month.” The archive is set to launch next year.

UPROXX: From Chance The Rapper To Nicki Minaj, How Social Media Challenges Replaced Rap Street Teams. “In the early days of hip-hop, rappers used street teams to promote new albums, singles, and tours. Now, they have Instagram. As social media becomes more integrated into all of our daily lives, recording artists have also naturally incorporated it into the business of building and communicating with their fanbases. And, just as rapidly as social media itself innovated the way we debate, discuss, and interpret the world, artists have learned to leverage those online fanbases to useful real-world effect.”

Irish Examiner: PhD student has monthly grant cut by €400 over Google Maps calculation. “A PhD student will have her monthly grant cut by €400 after a shorter route to her university was calculated via an unnamed road on Google Maps. Niamh Dillon, who is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Limerick, will see her Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant cut after the awarding body calculated a shorter distance for her to travel to university.”


CNET: YouTube says copyright claims must be more specific. “YouTube is seeking to clear up some of the confusion over its copyright rules. The video site said it’s important for creators accused of a violation to understand where the supposed infringement occurred and what the next steps are.”

BBC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sued over blocking people on Twitter. “US Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sued for blocking people on Twitter. Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind and Joseph Saladino, a YouTube personality running for Congress, have filed the claims.”

Engadget: The FBI plans more social media surveillance. “The FBI wants to gather more information from social media. Today, it issued a call for contracts for a new social media monitoring tool. According to a request-for-proposals (RFP), it’s looking for an ‘early alerting tool’ that would help it monitor terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal activity and the like.”


Information Today: Creating a Playbook to Combat Fake News . “Regardless of definition (and the definition of ‘fake news’ remains constantly in flux and subject to interpretation), it is not an overreach to suggest that fake news is a complete insult to what librarians and information professionals hold dear and sacrosanct. Our reputation relies on our being curators, purveyors, and stewards of reputable news and information. We pride ourselves as upholding the gold standards for veracity and truth. However, in the current climate, when even those of us in the information business are finding it harder and harder to separate the real from the fake, we must remain constantly vigilant, continuously upgrading our information evaluation skills. We also need updated tools and resources to further our education in source evaluation.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon and Facebook AI Beats Professionals in Six-Player Poker. “An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player No-Limit Texas Hold’em, the world’s most popular form of poker.” Good evening, Internet…

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2 replies »

  1. 850 emails??? So I guess you’re a popular person to chat to???? 🙂

    I’m a zero-inbox fanatic and I’m sure you must have linked to articles about organising emails.
    At least you should set up some filters to sort the emails into folders that you can prioritise.

    But you must know this – so maybe you are just temporarily overloaded.
    Use a different email account for stuff that your secretary can deal with! 😉

    Best wishes

    • Bill, I have been having a lot of challenges in the last six weeks. I have no secretary. ResearchBuzz has no staff. There is just me. I am doing the best I can.

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