Southeastern US Slavery, Linn’s Stamp News, Pennsylvania Military Casualties, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 07, 2019


From early November, but I missed it then. The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries: ASERL Launches Shared Exhibit. The link is to a PDF file. “The exhibit, ‘Enslaved People in the Southeast,’ was curated by a team of nine archivists and contains more than 100 items related to the American slavery and its after-effects. Items in the exhibit include auction records and other bills of sale, plantation records, materials from the abolitionist movement, and photographs and other items from the Jim Crow South.”


Linn’s Stamp News: Linn’s digital archive grows, includes issues back to 2008. “… the real highlight for me is the expansion of the digital archive (found by accessing your digital edition, clicking on the arrow at the top of the issue shown, and then clicking on the archive icon which is beside the magnifying glass). Previously this archive of issues of Linn’s Stamp News was from 2014 to date, now it goes back to 2008. We intend to add to that archive. Because Linn’s was founded in 1928, there are more than 90 years of content for us to eventually include as part of this new digital resource.”

WFMJ: Pennsylvania completes Vietnam War Memorial database. “All 3,150 photos of Pennsylvania heroes who died in the Vietnam war have been found and added to the digital Wall of Faces Memorial page. This includes 38 photos of those from Mercer County. The digital Wall of Faces is a database of every American whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.”

Neowin: Google lets you share webpages via QR Code in latest Chrome Canary builds. “Sharing webpages between Chrome on different devices became a breeze after Google rolled out an update to the browser in August of this year. That cross-device productivity feature lets users send a webpage from a Windows 10 PC to a mobile device with a single click, provided you’ve signed in to your Google account. Now, Google appears to have created a new way of quickly sharing a webpage with others, this time via a QR Code.”

PC World: Hallelujah! Google Keep notes and lists are finally coming to Google Assistant. “After years of promises, changes, and utter confusion involving what should be a staple feature of all assistants, Google appears to finally be rolling out the ability to create and manage notes and lists using Google Assistant. Yeah, we can’t believe it either.”


The Outline: A Good Place: The Only Good Comments Section On The Internet. “No matter where the comments live these days, it’s almost impossible to find a comments section where the unsolicited opinions that live there are actually positive, let alone helpful. Unless we’re talking about the comments on NYT Cooking, a digital collection of recipes from The New York Times.”

Museums Association: Sector looks to digital future. “Among a flurry of announcements in the few weeks before the election date was announced came the news that the UK government is providing £19m for a programme that could see ‘museum exhibits viewed in people’s homes, libraries and schools’.”

Middle East Eye: ‘Like killing them again’: Syrians fear history lost as Twitter plans account purge. “The digital traces of the Syrian uprising, uploaded in real time as protests grew against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, are at risk of being deleted by social media companies, Syrian campaigners are warning. Last week Twitter said it will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, which will likely impact hundreds of accounts of those killed, detained or disappeared in the conflict, say founders of a Syria digital archive of the war.”


CNET: Ransomware froze more cities in 2019. Next year is a tossup. “When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, it caused a power outage affecting nearly 8 million homes and workplaces, including the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The building’s computers couldn’t turn on, but police were still making arrests, and his office still needed to prepare cases for trial. So his staff turned to pen and paper, writing out criminal complaints by hand and, on some nights, by candlelight. The natural disaster cost New York City about $19 billion. What could be equally devastating for the city? According to Vance, the scourge of ransomware.”

Economic Times: Film maker wins copyright infringement case against Google, YouTube. “Indian filmmaker Suneel Darshan has won a copyright infringement case against Google and its YouTube video-streaming platform, after an eight-year-long court battle.”


JSTOR Daily: An Epidemic of Retractions. “Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis’s new book, Fraud in the Lab: The High Stakes of Scientific Research (translated by Nicholas Elliott) tackles the issue of scientific fraud head-on, with some tough love for the scientific community. The book should be read by everyone interested in the sciences. Chevassus-au-Louis offers a welcome reminder that scientists are human, too, subject to the temptations of ambition, to career pressures, and to plain old greed.”

The Guardian: Uncovered: reality of how smartphones turned election news into chaos. “Ask the average 2019 voter where the problems with political news lie, and you might hear a few familiar claims: fake news. Russian interference. The biased BBC. But take a look at their smartphones, and you might discover a different, more chaotic world – in which news is being shaped less by publishers or foreign agents but by social media algorithms and friendship groups.” Good morning, Internet…

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