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Prince Albert, Bowling, Google Photos, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Guardian: ‘Illume my life’: Prince Albert’s passions digitised for website. “Thousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. The Royal Collection has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for the first time.”

Striking Spotlight: International Bowling Museum Launches New Online Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBMHOF) is providing fans of bowling – and history – a way to experience the sport from anywhere in the world through an online collection of the many great items in the museum’s vast inventory.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken. “Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.”

USEFUL STUFF

PCMag Australia: 35 Google Drive Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss. “Drive—our Editors’ Choice for office productivity—is a serious set of tools for serious (or fun) work, all entirely free. Consumers only pay for extra storage. But it pays to know more than just the basics. Here’s how to get the most out of Google Drive.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Tulane University: Hogan Jazz Archive awarded grant to digitize recordings of first African American DJ in New Orleans. “The Hogan Jazz Archive of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library was awarded a $11,500 grant from the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program to digitize and preserve recordings from Vernon Winslow, the first African American disc jockey in New Orleans.”

Virginia Memory: Equal Suffrage League of Virginia Records are coming to Making History: Transcribe. “The Library of Virginia is excited to make the records of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia available in Making History: Transcribe. As part of our 2020 commemoration of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, the Library is asking volunteers to help transcribe these records that document women’s campaign for the vote in Virginia.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches ‘Privacy Sandbox’ peace plan. “On Thursday, Google reminded everyone who might have forgotten that ‘privacy is paramount to us’ and announced an initiative called ‘Privacy Sandbox’ that proposes paving over a few privacy pitfalls without suffocating its ad business.”

Gizmodo: You Won’t See Quantum Internet Coming. “Despite the fancy name, the ‘quantum internet’ won’t be some futuristic new way to navigate online. It won’t produce any mind-blowing new content, at least not for decades. The quantum internet will look more or less the same as the internet you’re using now, but scientists and cryptographers hope it could provide protection against not only theoretical threats but also those we haven’t dreamed up yet.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Poynter: Warnings from fact-checkers could discourage people from sharing false Facebook posts, study says. “The misinformation expert Claire Wardle, writing in the current issue of Scientific American, poses (then expertly answers) a key question for people concerned about the current state of the online information ecosystem: Why do people share misinformation, conspiracies and other kinds of misleading content on social media?”

Search Engine Land: Are we right for fawning over core algorithm updates?. “There’s nothing like a good core algorithm update to get the industry buzzing. Ever since Google started confirming core updates back in March 2018, we’ve come to expect a good shaking of the rankings multiple times each year. But are we blowing things out of proportion? Is there too much ‘core update’ hype out there? Are the confirmed core updates any more impactful than your run-of-the-mill unconfirmed update? Are we too focused on what Google is confirming at the expense of what Google is not confirming?” This is a bit “inside baseball” but a great read if you’ve ever wondered why people fuss so much about Google’s algorithmic updates. Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Re: that Google Lens OCR feature… I wonder what (if anything) they’ll do when people start snapping photos of (say) copyrighted book pages to save themselves the trouble of keying all the text into a blog post, FB update, or whatever? I for one would love to be able to photograph or do screen caps when browsing Google Books’ preview or Amazon’s “Look Inside” features… and have the results OCR’d for copy-and-paste!

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