Thomas Handforth, Artist Veterans, Skype, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 14, 2019


Washington Secretary of State: Giving New Voice To Thomas Handforth, A Northwest Artist With Global Perspective. “Best known for his children’s book Mei Li, which won the 1939 Caldecott Medal for illustration, Handforth was born in Tacoma, and studied art at the University of Washington…. In 1982, TPL’s Northwest Room received the Handforth Collection from the Handforth family. More than 70 years following the artist’s death, this collection of Handforth’s unpublished work has finally entered the public domain. Through the Washington Digital Heritage grant, TPL digitized over 300 of Handforth’s drawings, prints, letters, and paintings.”

Library of Congress: Newly Digitized Veterans History Project Collection Showcasing Veteran Artists. “Researchers, veterans and their families now have access to ‘Veterans and the Arts,’ an online ‘Experiencing War’ website feature highlighting the stories of veterans who pursued the arts during their post-military lives. This new feature includes nine digitized collections from the Veterans History Project (VHP) archive, each of which holds the first-person narrative of a veteran who used artistic endeavors – such as music, creative writing, sculpture, ceramic arts and even the culinary arts –to assist in the transition to civilian life after serving.”


Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot. “Today, Microsoft announced that Skype is getting an update to version 8.54, which Skype Insiders have been testing for a couple of weeks now. As has been the case with most recent Skype updates, the list of changes is very small, but there’s something interesting, a new feature Translated Conversations. Skype has been able to translate conversations for a few years, but the feature was called Skype Translator, and that’s changing now.”

Texas Tribune: Introducing Teach Me How to Texas, a newsletter for Texas voters. “Today, we’re announcing a brand new product: Teach Me How to Texas, a five-week serial newsletter aimed at helping Texans learn more about how government works. Our first edition will focus on elections.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Analyze Your Facebook Ad Performance: 9 Ways. “Are your Facebook ads working for you? Wondering which metrics you should be tracking? In this article, you’ll discover nine ways to analyze and assess the performance of your Instagram and Facebook ad campaigns.”


MEL Magazine: An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever. “In 2001, the internet’s premier file-sharing service Napster was shut down after just two years, leaving a giant vacuum in the ever-expanding peer-to-peer file-sharing space. There was, however, no putting the toothpaste back into the tube. Suddenly, it was possible — and extremely popular — to download media for free. It was only a matter of time before the next platform emerged to meet that demand.”

The Daily Beast: Google and Twitter Approved Our BS Anti-Vaxx Ads. “Social media companies have pledged to crack down on anti-vaccination messages that have been blamed for this year’s historic measles outbreaks. But a test by The Daily Beast reveals just how easy it is to place an ad filled with blatant medical misinformation on some of the world’s biggest online platforms.”

Library of Congress: Sprinting toward a Lab: defining, connecting and writing a book in five days. “A lab is where experimental and research-focused tools, methods, and services are incubated. The starting premise for a lab is often wanting to spur change and make space for new practice and new people. Yet calling something a lab can also signal separation between traditional services and new approaches. Labs, and innovation in general, can seem like a passing fad that promotes shallow thinking about the application of digital technologies. Considering the limited resources and lack of cutting-edge technologies available at most galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs), should GLAMs consider opening labs? ”


TorrentFreak: Spammers Abuse to Spread ‘Pirate’ Scams. “Scammers are using the online publishing platform Medium to spread links to supposedly pirated movies and TV-shows. The issue plagues many platforms, but as one of the world’s most visited websites, Medium is an ideal tool to lure prospective pirates into signing up for dubious subscriptions.”

The Register: Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit . “Microsoft has said that not only will it embrace a new data privacy law in California, due to come into force in the New Year, but will extend the same protections to everyone in the US.”


CNET: Mixed-reality apps will be downloaded 10 billion times by 2024, research says. “Apps with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality will reach 10 billion installations by 2024, according to Juniper Research. This is up from around 3 billion installations of mixed-reality apps for 2019, the study published Monday said.”

EurekAlert: Free Internet access should be a basic human right — study. “Free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online – particularly in developing countries – lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, according to a new study.” This is a few steps beyond the United Nations’ declaration from 2011. Good morning, Internet…

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