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Finland Diplomacy, India History, Cataloging Books, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 26, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Daily Finland: Finnish missions abroad expand historical archives. “As part of its centenary celebration in March 2018, the Foreign Ministry published reports from the Finnish diplomatic missions abroad dating from before 1927. The Ministry has now expanded its digitised service to include reports from the missions until 1945, when the Second World War ended.”

Scroll: Rediscovering Indian thought: How a scholar built a database of pre-Independence magazines. “The database indexes 315,000 entries from 255 English-language periodicals that were published between 1837 and 1947. It is, and will always be, a free resource. The database would not exist were it not for the immense hard work by a core group of research assistants – Meghna Basu, Christian Fastenrath, and Nidhi Shukla – and the help of hundreds of students and libraries around the world, and more than $350,000 in grants.” I loved this article until I started thinking about all the other endangered archives in the world and how much irreplaceable history may have been sold as waste paper.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Lehigh University: Lehigh Libraries develop open source cataloging add-on for Google Sheets. “Using an API provided by a vendor the library subscribes to, the add-on automates the lookup, comparison and selection of existing cataloging records for each book being catalogued. It selects the best record (based on criteria configured by the cataloger) and writes the result to the Google Sheet.”

Slashgear: Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users. “It seems Google plans to add yet another tool to Google Photos that’ll make it easier to get things done directly within the mobile app. Some users have spied the arrival of a new markup tool that enables users to draw and write on images without having to toggle to a different markup app, making it simple to scribble out content, highlight or circle objects of interest, and more.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: Podcasts & SEO: How to Make Your Podcast SEO-Friendly . “Google has talked about making audio searchable several times over the past few years. Back in May, Google announced at I/O 2019 that podcasts will soon be indexed. Since the announcement, we’ve started to see podcasts trickle into the organic search results. YouTube clips have been a part of the organic SERPs for a while now. And it seems podcasts are gearing up to take on a bigger role in 2020 and beyond!”

Book Riot: Available Reads Extension Is A Game Changer. “Ever wished you could connect your Goodreads account to your local library’s catalog and know when a book on your TBR is available? Good news: now you can, thanks to the Available Reads extension. The Available Reads extension allows you to see a listing of copies available on OverDrive—one of the most common ebook and audiobook platforms being used in libraries—on every Goodreads review page, as well as your Goodreads bookshelf. You’re able to quickly and easily see whether a book you’re interested in is available locally.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

ProPublica: YouTube Promised to Label State-Sponsored Videos But Doesn’t Always Do So. “A review by ProPublica shows that YouTube’s implementation of its policy to flag state-sponsored media channels has been haphazard, giving governments in Russia and elsewhere an opportunity to spread propaganda surreptitiously. The world’s most popular streaming service allowed 57 channels funded by the governments of Iran, Russia, China, Turkey and Qatar, among others, to play videos without labels.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline. “The European Union’s police agency, Europol, has announced that it has hit Islamic State’s online presence, claiming that the group is totally offline for the time being. With the rapidity that online groups can be set up, they may spring back up in time but it’ll likely take a while for any subscribers of those channels to reconnect.”

Motherboard: Authorities Arrest Alleged Member of Group That Hacked Jack Dorsey. “Authorities have arrested an individual who is allegedly part of The Chuckling Squad, a hacker group that in August compromised the Twitter account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, according to law enforcement and criminal sources. The group also claimed responsibility for hacks of other celebrities, including actress Chloë Grace Moretz.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

US Government Accountability Office: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Public Access to Research Results . “Public access to the results of federally funded research can accelerate scientific breakthroughs. In 2013, certain federal agencies were directed to create plans for increasing access to publications and data they funded. The 19 agencies we reviewed made progress, but some have not fully implemented their plans…. We made 37 recommendations to 16 agencies to address these and other issues.” Good evening, Internet…

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