Runway Fashion, Mixtape Museum, Illuminated Manuscripts, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 25, 2019


Google Blog: When fashion and choreography meet artificial intelligence. “For our first experiment, Runway Palette, we came together with The Business of Fashion, whose collection includes 140,000 photos of runway looks from almost 4,000 fashion shows. If you could attend one fashion show per day, it would take you more than ten years to see them all. By extracting the main colors of each look, we used machine learning to organize the images by color palette, resulting in an interactive visualization of four years of fashion by almost 1,000 designers.”

Columbia News: Community Scholar’s Mixtape Museum Is an Ode to Hip-Hop. “Fifteen years ago, Regan Sommer McCoy looked around at the collection of mixtapes, album cover art and music industry paraphernalia overflowing her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment and thought, ‘This place could be a museum.’ Now, as McCoy finishes her third year as a Columbia Community Scholar, her Mixtape Museum is a reality and she is preparing to join the advisory board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum as a historian when it opens in the Bronx in 2023.”

Lehigh University: Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts. “Led by Lehigh University, a partnership of 15 Philadelphia-area libraries has scanned and digitized more than 160,000 pages from 475 original manuscripts, the earliest dating to the ninth century. The hand-lettered and illustrated pages range from brightly hued, gold-leafed illuminated works of art to functional texts intended for students of science, philosophy and religion.”


The Register: After 10 years, Google Cloud Print will finally be out of beta… straight into ad giant’s graveyard. “Google has announced plans to close down its Cloud Print service over the coming year. The Mountain View goliath today told punters that, effective January 1, 2021, they will no longer be able to use the service to remotely print documents. Netizens are advised to spend the next 12 months finding and setting up a different way to print.”

USDA: New Nutrient Content Information Now Online. “Have you ever wanted to view food sources of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in your diet? The National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center now houses 36 tables of foods according to their nutrient content. The tables are available for vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and macronutrients and are listed in household measure from the highest to lowest in nutrient content. For those with accessibility needs, a CSV format is also available.”

Neowin: EFF launches SaveDotOrg campaign as Public Interest Registry sale announced. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with a variety of other web entities such as Creative Commons and Internet Archive, have launched the SaveDotOrg campaign which urges the Internet Society (ISOC) to cancel the sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital, the largest private equity firm in sub-Saharan Africa.”


The Beacon: Clark Library to create digital archive of The Beacon . “For nearly 85 years, The Beacon has been telling the stories of students, professors, faculty and staff of the University of Portland. In each of those stories lies a piece of history and a glimpse into another time from the perspective of UP students. The Clark Library has received a grant to help preserve that history. ”


New Zealand Herald: Grace Millane’s killer named on social media and by overseas publications despite suppression orders. “Overseas news publications are naming the man convicted of Grace Millane’s murder, despite his name still being suppressed. And in New Zealand, the man has also been named on social media accounts leaving the police to issue a warning not to state his identity on any posts. The 27-year-old man was found guilty of killing the 21-year-old backpacker last night, in a unanimous decision by the jury.”

Guardian (Nigeria): Social media bill to empower government to shut down internet. “The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019, otherwise known as the Social Media Bill, has a provision that will empower the Nigerian government to unilaterally order the shutdown of the internet if passed into law. The bill, being pushed by Senator Muhammad Sani Musa (APC-Niger East), passed the second reading this week.”

CNET: T-Mobile customers’ personal information exposed in hack. “T-Mobile said Thursday that hackers gained access to the personal information of some prepaid wireless customers, including their names, phone numbers and account information. The wireless provider said no financial information was exposed and no passwords compromised.”


Search Engine Journal: The Top 5 Things Wrong in the WSJ ‘Expose’ of Google . “There are legitimate criticisms that many in the SEO industry have leveled at Google, ranging from their proclivity to take content from publishers to their data collection practices and their apparent penchant for favoring their own products/services, among others. No organization is perfect, and Google is no exception. But none of that justifies the use of shoddy, agenda-driven journalism to propagate a false narrative.”

The Takeout: Teens overwhelmingly engage with junk food on social media because there’s no kale TikTok. “As any parent, teacher, or sentient adult knows, teenagers spend a lot of time staring at their phones. (Actually, we all do.) Much of that screen time is spent on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and a host of other apps teens use that baffle the rest of us. While they’re using those social networking platforms, teens are exposed to marketing from food brands. And many of those food brands, new research shows, aren’t healthy.” Good morning, Internet…

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