Art Exhibitions, Book Illustrations, WGLT, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 10, 2020


StreetInsider: Artland Announces U.S. General Availability, Bringing the Art World Closer and Making it More Accessible than Ever (PRESS RELEASE). ” Artland, the world’s leading community platform dedicated to connecting art lovers and galleries worldwide, today announced the general availability of its platform for art buyers and galleries in the United States. Available in the Apple App Store and on the web, Artland curates a unique digital community for both galleries and art collectors. Artland enables on-demand viewing and purchasing of artwork from anywhere in the world through the most comprehensive 3D archive of current and past art experiences, with over 1,000 exhibitions from more than 500 galleries.”

Thank you John S. for the pointer to this from Kottke: Database of old book illustrations. “Here’s an enormous library of thousands of old book illustrations, with searchable name, artist, source, date, which book it was in, etc. There are also a number of collections to browse through, and each are tagged with multiple keywords so you can also get lost in there in that manner.” John mentioned that this site is an absolute timesink. He’s not wrong.

Illinois State University: Digitization of historical WGLT program guides informs broadcast history research. “Founded in 1966 as a student-run radio station, WGLT (the call letters originally stood for We Gladly Learn Teach) has been producing independent content and local journalism for over half a century. Users may now explore this rich history through a new digital collection available from ISU ReD, Milner Library’s institutional repository for the research, scholarship, and creative activities of the Illinois State University community.”


Digital Inspiration: Write Google Scripts using Modern JavaScript ES6. “Google Apps Script has received a significant upgrade ever since it was first released to the public more than a decade ago. Apps Script now uses the V8 JavaScript Engine – it is the same runtime that is used inside the Google Chrome browser and the popular Node.js environment.”

British Library: Layers of London: the latest. “Layers of London, a website home to more than 200 georeferenced maps of London and 1000s of crowdsourced histories, have now launched the latest pillar of their mission, the Layermaker, where anyone can log in to try their hand at georeferencing one (or one thousand) of these aerial images of London. Using the same platform as the British Library’s georeferencer, the user friendly tool makes it simple for anyone to contribute to this project.”


Genealogy’s Star: Selected Resources for Black History and Black History Month. “In conjunction with Black History Month here in the United States, I thought it might be interesting to list a number of resources for researching African American History and particularly Family History. I hope you find this list useful and interesting. By the way, many of the websites listed have links to even more resources.” Not annotated, but a great starting point.


ELLE: Fashion Responds To Climate Change With Digitized Versions Of Nature. “Florals for spring are not, as has been established, groundbreaking. But Huji-filtered superblooms on a dress? That’s far less expected. The term uncanny valley was coined by robotics scientist Masahiro Mori to describe the revulsion humans feel toward robots as they come to appear more and more lifelike. (Think of our collective fascination—and discomfort—with ‘realistic’ simulations like the CGI model/influencer Lil Miquela.) This wariness has tended to apply more to representations of humans than of nature, but as pristine wilderness becomes rarer and more threatened, these heightened representations of it feel more uncanny.”


Ars Technica: Why is the healthcare industry still so bad at cybersecurity?. “Many articles about cybersecurity risks in healthcare begin with descriptions of live simulations (so when in Rome). Imagine a doctor completely unaware of what they’re walking into triaging two patients: one in need of a hospital cardiac catheterization lab after an irregular electrocardiogram (EKG) reading, the other suffering from a stroke and needing a CT scan. All systems are down due to ransomware, so the physician working through the scenario can’t access electronic health records or use any of the assessment methods modern medicine is so reliant on. So, what to do?” Incredibly deep dive. If you’re at all interested in security issues around health care, I urge you to read this article.

Engadget: Facebook says it will tighten account security following 2018 hack. “Facebook is promising to bolster its security processes in the wake of a 2018 hack that exposed data for 29 million users. The social network has proposed a settlement in a lawsuit over the breach that would see the company check more often for suspicious activity around the digital access tokens that let people use their accounts. There are other measures as part of the lawsuit, Bloomberg said.”


Boing Boing: Neural network restores and colorizes old movies. “From the excellent “Two Minute Papers” YouTube channel, a discussion of a paper titled ‘DeepRemaster: Temporal Source-Reference Attention Networks for Comprehensive Video Enhancement,’ that demonstrates the results of a neural network that fixes and colorizes aged, blurry, scratchy films.” My husband and I watched this last night. I’m kind of a snob about AI-based colorizing, so that was eh, but the restoration of old/degraded video was absolutely remarkable. Good afternoon, Internet…

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