Inuit Artists, OER Search Engine, Colorado GIS, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2019


CBC: Online database for Inuit art looking for Nunatsiavut artists. “The Inuit Art Foundation is looking for Nunatsiavut artists to add to their growing online database, which highlights Inuit artists from across Canada. The IAF’s goal is to broaden the public’s awareness of the history of Inuit art and to connect artists with researchers or anyone who is interested in the art an artist creates.”

PR Newswire: Macmillan Learning Launches a Search Engine Designed for Supplemental OER (PRESS RELEASE). “Macmillan Learning announced the availability of Intellus Search, a new search engine designed to make it simpler for instructors to discover free and relevant supplemental materials. While nearly three quarters of professors require textbooks for their courses, a recent study from the Babson Group found many also require supplemental materials like articles/case studies (47%) and videos (28%). Intellus Search offers hundreds of educator-selected OER (Open Educational Resources) per course.”

University of Colorado Boulder: GeoLibrary Connects Colorado Through GIS Data. “This fall, the University Libraries have officially launched a new collection of geographic information system (GIS) data highlighting the natural and cultural features of Colorado. The Colorado GeoLibrary, the Libraries’ new site for accessing and discovering geospatial data the state, is a data set goldmine, fit for your GIS and mapping project needs.”


Digital Trends: Alexa will start to crowdsource answers to fill in knowledge gaps. “Amazon is now crowdsourcing answers for Alexa through the new Alexa Answers program. This program is meant to fill in the gaps in the assistant’s knowledge so users will no longer get the ‘Hmm, I don’t know that one’ answer. This new program was first mentioned by Amazon in December on Amazon’s blog.” Seems like a not-great idea.

DigitalNC: Earliest NC African American Newspapers Added to DigitalNC. “Today’s post is the result of a chance quote and a successful collaboration. We’re pleased to add to DigitalNC the earliest newspaper published by and for North Carolina African Americans – the Fayetteville Educator – along with another early African American newspaper, the Charlotte Messenger.”


PCMag UK: 7 Reasons to Actually Start Using Google Keep. “There are, of course, plenty of productivity and organizational apps that will help you shepherd your life across multiple devices. Evernote may be a PCMag Editors’ Choice for note-taking apps, but Keep has its benefits as a free, minimalist tool that simplifies the process of sharing ideas across multiple devices.”


Daily Trojan: USC Libraries to digitize LGBT archives . “The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC, the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ materials in the world, will complete its archive of historical documents by November. ONE Archives, which is located on West Adams Boulevard, is the oldest existing LGBTQ organization in the United States and houses over two million items, including texts and art from the 1900s.”

The Public’s Radio: Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch ‘Golden Age’. “Not everything glittered in the 17th century when what is now the Netherlands was a mercantile, military and artistic superpower, so a Dutch museum has decided to stop calling that era the ‘Golden Age.’ In a statement this week, Amsterdam Museum curator Tom van der Molen said the term is strongly linked to national pride over prosperity and peace but ‘ignores the many negative sides of the 17th century, such as poverty, war, forced labor and human trafficking.'”

Poynter: A fact-checker predicted which hoax would resurface — and beat it by an hour. “Maarten Schenk has studied fake news and hoaxes so exactingly that he managed to predict a group of trolls’ next post. The co-founder of the fact-checking site Lead Stories in Belgium keeps several Twitter columns open whenever tragedy strikes so he can study which claims are getting more attention than just a handful of likes or retweets.”


BNN Bloomberg: Judge Rules Google Email-Scanning Lawsuit Can Proceed. “Google is still fighting a lawsuit over surreptitious scanning of emails of non-Gmail users almost three years after it agreed to stop the practice. In a tentative ruling Thursday, a judge in California rejected the search giant’s request to toss the lawsuit, which was filled last year on behalf of non-Gmail users who claim their emails were scanned in violation of state-privacy laws.”


Harvard Business School Working Knowledge: Crowd Sourcing Is Helping Hollywood Reduce the Risk of Movie-Making. “Hollywood insiders have created ‘The Black List,’ which helps surface good but often overlooked scripts. Does the wisdom of the crowd work at the box office? Research by Hong Luo.”

Florida Museum: Digital records of preserved plants and animals change how scientists explore the world. “There’s a whole world behind the scenes at natural history museums that most people never see. Museum collections house millions upon millions of dinosaur bones, pickled sharks, dried leaves, and every other part of the natural world you can think of–more than could ever be put on display. Instead, these specimens are used in research by scientists trying to understand how different kinds of life evolved and how we can protect them. And a new study in Plos One delves into how scientists are using digital records of all these specimens.” Good morning, Internet…

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