Underground Railroad, Georgia Education, Library of Virginia, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2019


Globe and Mail: Hands-on projects lead to major discoveries. “In the spring of 2018, approximately 20 students from Académie Ste-Cécile International School in Windsor, Ont., crouched low in a farmer’s field with crayons and paper in hand. But rather than drawing the surrounding landscape, the Grade 11 and 12 students were busy recording local history – one gravestone at a time…. While some of the county’s 18 known black cemeteries are still cared for by local churches or the government, others are abandoned, nearly invisible. That class trip for geography and history students launched what would eventually garner them ample media attention and an esteemed Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award For Youth Achievement.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Berry College’s Southern Highlander now freely available online. “The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the digitization of 3,124 pages from Berry College’s Southern Highlander covering the period of 1907 to 1942. The Southern Highlander, the official magazine of and published by the Berry Schools in Mount Berry, Ga., documents the early history of the schools founded by philanthropist Martha Berry in 1902 to serve the rural poor. The magazine also details social conditions and the importance of community-based education. ”


Library of Virginia: Welcome to the new blog of the Library of Virginia, The UncommonWealth!. “As they exist, our blogs Fit to Print and Out of the Box capture only a fraction of all that the Library has and does. In The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia, we aim to expand our scope to help you learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. We also plan to tell you more about your fellow Virginians who work here at the Library, spotlighting staff members, specialized professions, and public libraries.”

Ancestry Blog: “A New Leaf”, A new Television Series by Ancestry® to debut on NBC this Fall. “Each week ‘A New Leaf’ will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, who using family history, genealogy, and sometimes AncestryDNA® analysis will go on a journey of self-discovery and learn from the past while looking to the future. In partnership with Ancestry, Fuentes will join families as they learn the importance of appreciating and understanding their family history and ancestors in order to make important life decisions. ”

Women Love Tech: Facebook Makes It Easier Than Ever To Keep Track Of Upcoming Movies. “Facebook has introduced a new ‘Movies’ tab in the menu that allows users to save receive alerts on the release of movies that they might be interested in. Here’s how it works.”


Cornell Chronicle: Cornell launches online course on inclusive teaching. “An online course on inclusive teaching, created and piloted last year at Cornell, will be available to all educators in November as a massive open online course (MOOC).”

Vox: Don’t want to read privacy policies? This AI tool will do it for you. “Who can blame us for rushing to check that little box that says we agree to the terms of service? Now, a new tool called Guard promises to read the privacy policies of various apps for us. It harnesses the power of AI to analyze reams of text, breaking down each sentence for the level of risk it represents for our privacy.”


NDTV: Film Archive Gets 30 Reels Of Rare Unedited Footage Of Mahatma Gandhi. “The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on Friday said it has obtained 30 reels of several hours of unedited footage detailing several key events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his death…. Primary inspection indicates the material is in good condition and NFAI will soon plan to digitise it, [NFAI Director Prakash Magdum] said.”

CogDogBlog: Net. Art Now. Web. “What does the quirky web art of the 1990s, an era before networked video was viable, palettes of 256 colors… have to do with the web of 2019? Maybe everything.”

Montana History Revealed: How to Choose a Newspaper. “Last August, we were awarded a fourth NDNP grant, and with this blog post, we’re announcing which titles and date ranges have been selected and giving you a little behind-the-scenes of the selection process. First some NDNP basics. NDNP stands for the National Digital Newspaper Program. It is funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities; but, the content is hosted by the Library of Congress on the Chronicling America website. Each grant cycle is 2 years and should produce about 100,000 pages.”


UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia. “Agitation and aggression are just a few of the behavioral and psychological symptoms that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders – and their caregivers — can have difficulty understanding and managing. But an easy-to-use online platform, called WeCareAdvisor, aims to bridge the information gap for caregivers, who are typically family members. The tool educates caregivers about dementia and provides daily tips for managing stress. It also offers a systematic approach for describing, investigating, creating and evaluating strategies, known as the DICE approach.”

Russia Beyond: How a neural network learned to recognize Russia. “Yandex, Russia’s biggest Internet company, has released an online game that invites players to guess where photos were taken. The images are taken from a database of photos uploaded by users to the Yandex.Maps app (similar to Google Maps). The human players compete against the specially trained neural network Alice, which is already used as a voice assistant in many Yandex products.” Good morning, Internet…

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