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San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation, Georgia Historic Newspapers, YouTube Music, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 29, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

This is from last year, but I missed it, and it’s too good not to share. Syncopated Times: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation’s West Coast Revival Collection Digitized. “Realizing that they had amassed a huge collection of important artifacts of the jazz revival, and hoping to ensure their preservation, The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation (SFTJF) transferred 750 linear feet of materials to Stanford’s music library in 2009. Fundraising to digitize the SFTJF’s most historically significant recordings, photographs and documents began in 2014, and digitization was begun in 2016. The process of organizing and digitizing them is finally complete and we are delighted to share with you the result of their efforts.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Digital Library of Georgia: Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Winter 2020. “This past fall, the Digital Library of Georgia has released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the newly available titles.”

Neowin: YouTube Music’s local music upload feature rolling out to more users on the web. “Earlier this month, reports started making the rounds that YouTube music will begin letting users upload their entire local music library. While those reports suggested that the ability is being tested in the mobile app across platforms, a support page hinted at the ability going live for users of YouTube Music on the web. Now, it looks like the ability to upload one’s own music to the service is going live for more users (via 9to5Google).”

Mashable: Google Earth comes to Firefox and Edge but not Safari (yet). “On Wednesday, Google announced that Earth now works in Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers. The change comes after a six-month beta period, and has been made possible by moving Google Earth onto WebAssembly, a standard for executable programs on the web.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 5 Addons You Should Use for a Better YouTube Experience. “YouTube was redesigned, updated, and upgraded many times throughout the years. And yet, it still offers a subpar experience if viewed as ‘a source for media consumption,’ compared to, say, a media player. The site’s interface is designed to increase views and keep the visitor on its pages, not to offer the best media playback functionality. Thankfully, you can use some of the following smartly crafted addons to improve your YouTube watching experience.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Daily Northwestern: Northwestern student startup hopes to ‘democratize’ education with free online database for teachers. “Lighthouse is a free, collaborative platform where teachers can choose from a library of other teacher’s exercises as well as upload their own. Instead of having to resort to costly alternatives like Teachers Pay Teachers, a popular online marketplace where teachers must pay for lesson materials, Lighthouse will be a way for teachers to access an entire collection of problems and learning tools for free.”

San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego Library giving up federal document depository status after 137 years. “Some critics are questioning why the decision was made without more public input and debate. They also say the move will cost the library some prestige and deprive users of access to some federal documents that haven’t been digitized. San Diego is one of only five libraries in the region with federal depository status. The others are the county law library and three universities: San Diego State, UC-San Diego and the University of San Diego.”

This in “Around” instead of “New Resources” because I can’t find an URL for this new database. Focus Taiwan: TJC unveils online database of persecutions in martial law period. “Taiwan’s Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) on Wednesday launched a searchable online database of curated court files of nearly 10,000 victims of political persecution during the country’s martial law period. The database also contains the names of the military officers involved in the court trials of the victims.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Security bug could let attackers snoop on Wi-Fi traffic. “A new security vulnerability called Krook could have let attackers intercept and decrypt some Wi-Fi traffic. The bug affected Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom and Cypress that are used in devices like phones and laptops, as well as some access points and routers, according to security researchers from antivirus firm ESET. They estimate up to a billion devices could have been vulnerable to Krook.”

ZDNet: Facebook sues SDK maker for secretly harvesting user data. “Facebook filed today a federal lawsuit in a California court against OneAudience, a New Jersey-based data analytics firm. The social networking giant claims that OneAudience paid app developers to install its Software Development Kit (SDK) in their apps, and later used the control it had over the SDK’s code to harvest data on Facebook users.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Virtual reality can bring ancient cities back to life and improve conservation. “Today Ugarit is a Bronze Age archaeological site in northwest Syria, first excavated in 1929. It can tell us a huge amount about the past, but Ugarit is also a place in its own right. The conservation of the site needs to help us understand the site’s history, as well as preserving and restoring what remains. Our work on virtual reality and reconstruction can meet both these goals.”

The Root: A Clapback to Russian Trolls. “Just last week, new reports of interference emerged—this time showing Russia’s efforts to support both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 elections. The details of this most recent round of interference have not yet been released. Nevertheless, it is important to begin to consider how the black community and other communities of color may be targeted in the Kremlin’s new slew of disinformation campaigns.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Someone fluent in Chinese may be able to get a more specific URL for Taiwan’s Transitional Justice Commission database, but this is the URL for the Commission: https://www.tjc.gov.tw/

    There is a photo of someone using a laptop to access the database, but I couldn’t enlarge the photo enough to be able to see the URL: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3882307 . There is another photo of a press conference for the launching of the database: https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202002260022

    Pam Rolph

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