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Documentary Interviews, Jisc Services, Forgotten Architecture, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

History News Network: JSTOR Interview Archive Help Preserve History. “The site is a fully-functioning prototype built by JSTOR Labs, a team at the digital library JSTOR that builds experimental tools for research and teaching. At this point, it contains the source interviews from a single documentary; enough, we think, to convey the concept and useful if you happen to be teaching or researching this specific topic. Our aim in releasing this prototype is to gauge interest in the idea.”

Jisc: Jisc announces three new library services. “The library hub discover service, which is open to all, is designed to make academic library collections visible through web searches, which means they’re available to a wider audience.   The service will feature more than 100 library catalogues at launch but will keep growing over time. Based on data held by the national bibliographic knowledgebase (NBK), it is the most comprehensive aggregation of UK academic, national, and specialist library metadata available and replaces the selective coverage of Jisc’s Copac and SUNCAT services, which are being retired at the same time as the new library hub services are launched.”

Curbed: Online database chronicles forgotten 20th-century buildings and monuments. “The database is an ode to places that have been left behind due to changing political tides, technological changes, or decay. Every entry is accompanied by an essay that serves as a history lesson, outlining the story of why it was constructed and what’s happened to it since. Most include audio interviews, photos, and a handy timeline that contrasts the site’s history with its present.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google pledges to include recycled materials in all its consumer devices by 2022. “Google says it’s trying to reduce its carbon footprint. The search giant on Monday outlined its sustainability efforts for its ‘Made By Google’ line of consumer hardware, which includes Pixel smartphones, Google Home smart speakers and Nest thermostats.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Make ‘New Twitter’ Less Distracting With This Extension. “Just like how it sounds, the Chrome extension and Firefox add-on takes Twitter’s traditional desktop interface and simplifies it, making it easier to focus on the actual tweets and less on everything else.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mada: The end of revolution, the return of nostalgia: Hany Rashed’s Baba Museum. “As a child, the artist Hany Rashed waited for his father, Salah, to come home so he could sit by him and watch as he unloaded strange objects from bulging pockets. What would he pull out today? Salah Rashed, who worked at Maspero, the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and TV Union, mined the streets, shops, and his day-to-day life for things — keys, locks, rosaries, stones — which he kept safe in a closet, declared off limits.”

Yonhap News Agency: Seoul approves 640 mln won for digital archiving of inter-Korean relics excavation project . “The government on Monday approved the spending of 640 million won (US$532,000) on building a digital archive of relics found from a historical site in the North through the two Koreas’ joint excavation project, the unification ministry said.”

Iowa City Press-Citizen: University of Iowa museums and library working together to preserve the past. “‘Most people don’t realize that museums display 10 percent or less of their holdings,’ said Cindy Opitz, director of research collections with the UI. ‘We have a lot of research collections behind the scenes that aren’t on display.’ This year, both UI Libraries and Museum of Natural History have received grant money from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to help preserve the past and make its study as accessible as possible.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo. “A memo written by a Google employee that accuses the company of discriminating and retaliating against her for being pregnant has been seen by more than 10,000 employees at the internet giant, Motherboard has learned.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Deutsche Welle: German authorities turn to AI to combat child pornography online. “Peter Biesenbach, the justice minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest state, announced on Monday a new project in cooperation with computer giant Microsoft: the development of new AI technology that would not only automatize the detection of child pornography on the internet, but also lighten the workload and psychological burden on authorities dealing with such disturbing content.”

Earth. com: Young Americans are posting on social media while high and regretting it later. “In a new study led by the NYU College of Global Public Health, experts have found that people often text, use social media, and post pictures while under the influence of drugs and regret it later. The research is shedding new light on the social damage linked to substance abuse that is often overlooked in health risk assessments.”

CBR: Google’s AI Team Open-Sources Brain Mapping Visualisation Technology. “Google’s research team have open-sourced a new visualisation technology that allows researchers to view petabyte-scale 3D models of brains in a web browser. The Neuroglancer project, available on Github, enables neurologists to build 3D models of a brain’s neural pathways in interactive visualisations.” Good morning, Internet…

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