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Architecture History, Opera 64, Instagram, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 8, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Society of Architectural Historians: Society of Architectural Historians and UVA Press Launch Open-Access SAH Archipedia. “SAH Archipedia contains histories, photographs and maps for over 20,000 structures and places, and showcases the richness and diversity of architecture and landscapes throughout the U.S. Building entries include scholar-written, peer-reviewed narrative histories, photographs, precise geospatial coordinates using Google Maps/OpenStreetMap, and structural and descriptive metadata that includes semantic tags for architects and firms, periods, styles, materials and types.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool. “Opera Software has released Opera 64, the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The major highlight of this new release is the addition of built-in protection against tracking.”

Mashable: Instagram now has dark mode. Here’s how to turn it on.. “Instagram isn’t about to let everyone else have all the fun. Yep, now it has a dark mode option. The new feature comes with the latest update to the app (version 114.0, for what it’s worth) which rolled out in iOS early Tuesday. And, if you’re a big fan of dark mode, it’s glorious.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Stock Illustration Sites to Download Copyright-Free Designs and Vectors. “You can always grab real stock photographs, but plain stock images seem a bit stuffy and old-school now, don’t they? Illustrations add that extra zing to seem modern and trendy. These portals will give you customizable style-packs as well as images that concentrate on diversity and inclusiveness.”

The Daring Librarian: 10 Easy Instagram Photo Book Challenge . “For the past 6 months, I’ve been working on a new presentation for a keynote appearance in Ohio and it’s making me more thoughtful about the potential of Instagram. More clever ways to interact with Libraries, literacy, books, reading, kids, and our community.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Tubefilter: YouTube Terminates 2 Channels Linked To U.K.-Based ‘Pick-Up Artist’ Convicted Of Harassing Women. “YouTube has terminated two channels linked to ‘pick-up artist’ Adnan Ahmed, 38, who last month was convicted of threatening and abusive behavior toward women. One channel, Addy A-Game, was run by Ahmed, and the other, Street Attraction, was run by the pick-up artist coaches who originally trained him in the ways of the so-called ‘game’ of picking up women.”

University of Georgia: Library partners on Latino, Hispanic history project. “To ensure the most comprehensive documentation and accessibility of the political history of all of Georgia’s citizens, the Russell Library and GALEO will work to identify and document people and organizations representing the interests of the Latino and Hispanic communities. This effort will preserve traditional records and manuscripts and capture oral histories with elected officials, activists and business leaders.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Techdirt: Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It. “Techdirt has just written about how advanced digital technology can be used for less-than-benign purposes, simply because it is a tool that can be applied in both good and bad ways. A fascinating analysis by Jane Macfarlane in IEEE Spectrum explores something similar: how new technology being used as designed, and with only the best intentions, can nonetheless give rise to potentially serious problems.”

Harvard Business Review: Most Analytics Projects Don’t Require Much Data. “n their headlong rush into advanced data science, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, too many companies have ignored ‘small data.’ This is a huge miss. The relative ease, ubiquity, and power of small data projects carry profound implications for all employees, managers, and leaders at all levels, in every department, in every organization.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Boing Boing: Hiding images in highlighted text. “Self-described ‘creative coder’ Neal Agarwal has come up with a method for hiding images in text that only appear when you highlight the words; I’m guessing he’s using some kind of character-by-character ‘highlight’ attribute in CSS/HTML5, but I’m not really certain.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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