U of North Carolina Pembroke, U of Mississippi, Library of Congress, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 7, 2019


DigitalNC: Catalogs from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Now Available!. “Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, catalogs from the school and its precursors are now available on our website. The catalogs are from 1906, when the school was called the Croatan Normal School, to 2013, when it was known as it is now as UNC-Pembroke.”

University of Mississippi: UM Library Launches ‘eGrove’ Digital Archive. “The University of Mississippi‘s J.D. Williams Library has launched ‘eGrove,’ an expansive new digital archive that consolidates and houses the university’s collection of yearbooks, theses, dissertations and other digital media in an easily searchable location. The new platform is the university’s first-ever institutional repository, a central place to find a wide array of scholarly and historic documents, as well as research and other items campus groups wish to publish.”

Library of Congress: Newly Digitized Collections Now Online Include History of Women’s Suffrage, Civil War, Landscape Architecture and Monetary Policy. “Researchers and students have gained access to seven newly digitized collections of manuscript materials from the Library of Congress, including records of one of the most important women’s suffrage organizations, the papers of President Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary and collections on the history of federal monetary policy. The availability of these collections added more than 465,000 images to the Library’s already vast online resources.”


TechCrunch: TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program & SDK. “TikTok is looking to expand its influence by integrating with popular third-party video creation and editing apps. The company today announced a new TikTok for Developers program which will introduce tools for third-party app developers, including those that allow them to access TikTok’s creative offerings as well as push content from their apps to TikTok directly. ”


Smashing Magazine: Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users. “Even though we’re as tech-savvy as anyone else, older users have some specific needs that web designers and programmers should consider. None of them are particularly difficult to accommodate, but they can be critical for our use and enjoyment of the Internet. As a bonus, you’ll be designing environments that will also work for you when you get older. ‘Older’ meaning ‘past forty’.” Every Web designer who thinks gray-on-gray text is just swell should be forced to copy this article fifty times.


Poynter: IFCN and the Facebook Journalism Project announce Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative . “International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide, has partnered with the Facebook Journalism Project to create the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative. The initiative will be open to the fact-checking community and will focus on innovation projects, new formats, and technologies that should help benefit the broader ecosystem.”

BBC: Facebook bans political ad posted by ex-Downing Street aide. “The Fair Tax Campaign, run by a former Boris Johnson aide, has been running an ad with the message ‘could you afford an extra £214 each month?’ It claims that this is what Labour’s tax plans would mean for everyone. Labour is yet to publish its tax plans or manifesto for the 12 December general election.”

Engadget: Adobe, Twitter and the New York Times team up to fight digital fakes. “Adobe, Twitter and the New York Times are tired of seeing fake media propagate, and they’re teaming up to do something about it. The trio has launched a Content Authenticity Initiative that aims to create a standard for digital media attribution. Ideally, you’d know whether or not a picture or video is legitimate simply by examining the file — you’d know if it had been manipulated.”


Ars Technica: Spanish companies’ networks shut down as result of ransomware. “A targeted ransomware attack has taken down the networks of at least two companies in Spain today, sending ripples across other companies as they moved to defend themselves. The targets included Everis—a major IT services and consulting subsidiary of Japan-based global communications company NTT—and the radio company Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Cadena SER). A technician at one company told Spanish broadcaster ABC, ‘We are in hysteria mode.'”


Neowin: Increased screen-time might be impacting the physical structure of children’s brains. “The increasing usage and integration of smartphones in our lives, and those of our children, in particular, has often garnered criticism from many. As such, people have been wary about the potential downsides of the rampancy and what it entails. And one study probes into this issue.”

Live Science: Strangers on Social Media Diagnose Each Other’s STDs. Doctors Are Concerned.. “With sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates soaring across the nation, thousands of Reddit users now turn to each other for help in diagnosing bumps and rashes in their nether regions ⁠— rather than relying on a doctor’s trained eye.”

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards. “THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area. The GeoAnalytics is a web-based application that shows tsunami exposure analysis and visualization tool of a barangay or village, municipality and province, which can be used in disaster risk management.” Good morning, Internet…

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