Cuba Architecture, Hawaii Literature, Scroll App, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2020


The Harold: Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!!. “The Hampshire College Library is thrilled to announce the launch of the Havana Archive Project, an Open Access digital photographic archive containing over 8,000 photographs of the 1,055 most significant buildings in the Historic Center of Havana, Cuba (as determined by Dr. Eusabio Leal, Director of the Office of the Historian) at the beginning of the restoration of Havana in the early 1980s.”

Hawaii Tech: Digital archive of Hawaii literature goes online. “Out-of-print and rare titles from Bamboo Ridge Press will now be available free online, thanks to a digitization project funded in part by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities…. At present, only a few digitized books are available as Bamboo Ridge Press secures the required permissions from authors. More issues will be added as the publisher continues to obtain over forty years of reprint permissions from hundreds of writers in Hawaii and across the globe.”


NiemanLab: Scroll promises a better Internet for users and more money for publishers, all for just five bucks. “After a yearlong beta, the ad-free-news startup Scroll launched to the general public today. Founded by former Chartbeat, Spotify, and Foursquare executives, Scroll promises an ad-free reading experience on more than 300 news sites (plus a few other integrated perks) for $5 per month, with a portion of that money going to the sites you read most.”

Capital Journal: Nearly 700 more maps added to S.D. Digital Archives. “The digitized maps include tourist maps, such as maps of snowmobile trails, and maps of caves, maps of the Custer National Forest and the Harney National Forest, as well as city plans of Sturgis, Custer and Rapid City. Maps of various South Dakota dams, highway maps and a few aerial photomaps were also included.”

Pinterest: Pinterest launches virtual makeup ‘Try on’ feature, starting with lipstick. “A new Pinterest feature will allow users to virtually try on products, starting with lipstick, before they shop from retailers like Estée Lauder, Sephora, bareMinerals, Neutrogena, NYX Professional Makeup, YSL Beauté, Lancôme and Urban Decay from L’Oréal.”


Ekathimerini: Ambitious new project seeks to create first Greek archive of oral history. “Istorima is a newly established nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vast archive of Greek oral histories. At the heart of the initiative lies a cross-generational dialogue: 1,500 young researchers under the age of 35 will receive training in oral history methodologies and will then travel across Greece gathering more than 50,000 oral recordings from the country’s elderly population – rescuing their stories from extinction. The recordings will then be curated and compiled in a large archive that will be made accessible to researchers as well as the general public.”

Poynter: Coronavirus: Fact-checkers from 30 countries are fighting 3 waves of misinformation . “An army of at least 48 fact-checking organizations from 30 countries has been working since Friday to debunk false information about the 2019 novel coronavirus. So far misinformation regarding the launch of a miraculous vaccine has been the largest trend, followed closely by a huge amount of fake data about the source of the fatal illness. Conspiracy theories come in third.”


Bleeping Computer: Microsoft’s IE Zero-day Fix is Breaking Windows Printing. “Unfortunately, the scope of issues being caused by applying this fix is greater than originally thought. Since applying this fix, many users have reported that this fix is also causing printing to fail on HP printers and other USB printers. When users attempt to print they receive I/O errors and the print jobs fail.”

Engadget: A Vermont bill would bring emoji license plates to the US. “With their ability to add a dash of color and whimsy to a text message, emoji have become an indispensable part of our online interactions. Thanks to a new piece of proposed legislation introduced last week in the Vermont House of Representatives, they could soon start making state license plates more colorful as well.”


ZDNet: One in three millennials say social media worsens their lives. “Over four out of five (83.9%) baby boomers reported that social media improves their lives — more than younger generations. Yet, 1 in 3 millennials (33.6%) feel that social media worsens their lives (more than any generation).” Good evening, Internet…

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