Confluence: New Digital Library Brings Indigenous Voices into the Classroom. “A new digital resource library will give Oregon and Washington students access to Indigenous stories and perspectives to support lessons on the history, cultures and ecology of the Columbia River system. The Confluence Library is a collection of documentary shorts, interview excerpts, photo galleries and research papers that help educators teach a more inclusive understanding of our region.’
The National Herald: The National Hellenic Museum Launches Free Online Collections & Archives Portal. “Dedicated to holding significant memories of the Greek American experience and Hellenic legacy, the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) announced, on July 24 the launch of the NHM Collections & Archives Portal, which allows anyone to access the Museum’s catalogs online from anywhere by viewing digitized artifacts and archival materials. With the largest collection of its kind in the world, including a rich repository of over 20,000 Greek-American artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books, and an archive of over 450 recorded oral histories, the NHM serves as a resource at the center of the community’s past, present, and future.”
Babalu Blog: Cuba’s Bohemia magazine archive now available online. “The site allows you to search for specific issues by date of publication, but not by subject. This digital archive contains a treasure trove of information about Cuba B.C. (1910-1958) as well as about Castrogonia (1959-2013).” There are a few cover images with this blog post and they’re gorgeous.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
ComputerWorld: Google’s Chrome 76 arrives, blocking Flash in its entirety and stealthing incognito mode. “Google Chrome 76 takes the process of eliminating Flash a step further: instead of simply blocking Flash objects, Flash simply isn’t allowed to load. You can still turn it on via the settings menu, though each site must explicitly be given permission to run Flash. By the end of 2020, Flash should be removed entirely by Chrome, according to the Chromium roadmap.”
Business Weekly: Big data leads the way for structural chemistry. “A huge milestone for structural chemistry has been achieved with the addition of the millionth structure into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). It was determined by a team at Shandong University in China.”
MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Calendar Apps for Your iPhone . “It’s hard to decide which iPhone calendar app you should use. The App Store is full of possibilities—each has a distinct set of pros and cons, and in some cases, is designed for a different subset of users. That said, some iOS calendars stand out above their competitors. Curious? Keep reading as we look at the best calendar apps for iPhone.”
Online Journalism Blog: When you get data in sentences: how to use a spreadsheet to extract numbers from phrases. “We needed to be able to take a collection of words such as ’11 years and 5 months’ imprisonment’ and convert that into something that could be used in spreadsheet calculations (specifically, comparing the lengths of time represented by two different phrases). It’s a problem you come across every so often as a journalist — especially with FOI requests — so in this post — taken from the book Finding Stories in Spreadsheets — I’ll explain how to do that.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Valdosa State University: VSU Archives Awarded Grant to Digitize Historical Land Documents. “Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections was awarded a grant from the Digital Library of Georgia to digitize historical deeds and plats (land maps) from primarily the South Georgia region.”
Mirage News: A new way to experience traditional music of Afghanistan. “When Mathieu Clavel set out to create an immersive virtual experience of a cultural heritage archive as part of his project for a digital humanities master’s course, he decided to go beyond the traditional project framework to propose his own concept, inspired by a long-standing passion for traditional music of Afghanistan and the Middle East.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
CNN: Considering deleting FaceApp? It won’t be easy to get your data back. “If you’ve downloaded an app or visited a website and are concerned about your personal information, there are steps you can take to try to revoke access to it.
Revoking an app’s access to personal information or a feature, such as your camera, is another way to limit sharing your data. But this isn’t retroactive; it’ll just cut off its access to new data moving forward.”
Ars Technica: Proposed US law would ban infinite scroll, autoplaying video. “Nobody likes auto-playing video or sites that keep scrolling away infinitely when you’re just trying to reach the bottom of the page. But you probably don’t hate either ‘feature’ as much as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who introduced a bill today to ban these and other “exploitative” practices.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
India Today: Rising temperatures could increase suicides, use of depressive language on social media: Study. “Hotter weather increases both suicide rates and the use of depressive language on social media, says a new study that analysed half a billion tweets. The research published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the effects of climate change could be as devastating as the influence of economic recessions when it comes to increasing suicide rates.” Good morning, Internet..
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