Eskenazi Museum of Art, Conference Transcripts, Confederate Slave Payrolls, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, March 5, 2020


Indiana University: Newly launched Collections Online increases access to Eskenazi Museum of Art’s works. “The museum recently launched the first phase of its Collections Online, a database that will eventually contain pictures and descriptions of the more than 45,000 items in its collections. Each phase of the project will include adding 500 pieces of art from each curatorial area of the museum to the website.”

New-to-me and I think new in general, brought to my attention by Esther S.: Thisten. From the about page: “Thisten is an audio-to-text platform that transcribes speaker sessions at conferences, in real-time. The content from each event is aggregated to our app and website for users around the world to discover, search, and reference.” The tweet Esther used to let me know about Thisten also mentions future plans to provide transcripts for political rallies, sporting events, and movies.

NARA: Confederate Slave Payrolls Shed Light on Lives of 19th Century African American Families. “They are single lines, often with no last name, on paper yellowed but legible after 155 years, among thousands scrawled in loping letters that make up nearly 6,000 Confederate Slave Payroll records, a trove of Civil War documents digitized for the first time by National Archives staff in a multiyear project that concluded in January. For years, the Confederate Army required owners to loan their slaves to the military. From Virginia to Florida, the enslaved conscripts were forced to dig trenches and work at ordnance factories and arsenals, mine potassium nitrate to create gunpowder, or shore up forts.”


TechHive: Google is ‘aware’ of buggy Bluetooth for Home and Nest speakers and working on a fix. “For months, users of Google’s Home and Nest speakers have been complaining that their devices can’t hold a steady Bluetooth connection to a phone or an external speaker, and now Google says it’s looking for a fix.”

Tom’s Guide: Google zaps all coronavirus apps from Play Store. “First reported by the blog 9to5Google, if you enter either ‘coronavirus’ or ‘covid-19’ in the Google Play Store, nothing will appear on the results. This is a new situation that has apparently developed in recent days.”

BBC: #RIPTwitter trends as firm tests vanishing tweets. “Twitter is testing a feature that will allow some tweets to disappear after 24 hours, it announced on Wednesday. The new feature called ‘fleets’ is similar to vanishing posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories.”


MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Open-Source VPNs for Linux and Windows. “Open source VPNs are quite rare, but they do exist. Their transparency makes them a sworn ally for many users, who are quick to recommend them to anyone seeking a free open-source VPN. Here are some of the best open-source VPNs out there, plus one honorable mention!”


Cointelegraph: Painting a Different Picture: How Digital Artists Use Blockchain. “Following its inception, blockchain technology quickly found an application in the art sector, making art objects more accessible while changing methods and approaches to their creation and perception. This gave new opportunities for collectors, art galleries, museums, art brokers and artists.”

CurveMag: Curvemag. com To Become Largest Global LGBTQI Media Offering For Women In 2020. “Todays Merger with Australia’s largest lesbian magazine will make 30-year-old Curve Magazine the world’s largest outlet of its kind… Due to the merger, the print production of both titles will be suspended to focus on digital offerings and to re-examine readers’ demands for a physical magazine. LOTL and CURVE will be made available in a 30-year digital magazine archive, free of charge, hosted on” The archive is supposed to launch this month.


ZDNet: Data science vs social media disinformation: the case of climate change and the Australian bushfires . “Today, [World Weather Attribution] just released an analysis on the recent Australian bushfires, and ZDNet connected with WWA to learn more about it. At the same time, another analysis by the Brown university verifies what previous studies suggested: climate disinformation on social media abounds. The battle between bots and (data) science is raging.”

Vogue: Inside The “Vault”: Emily Adams Bode Partners With Microsoft on an AI-Powered Digital Quilt Archive. “The custom AI-powered, design-to-production platform acts as a computerized library of quilts and patterns through which Bode and her team can attach historical dates and facts and catalogue how much of a certain material they have left…. This is the first technology of its kind to be applied to fashion in this way, and the hope is that more and more brands, namely those which use upcycled or historical materials, will be able to utilize the platform in order to help streamline and grow their businesses.”

TechCrunch: Honeywell says it will soon launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer. “‘The best-kept secret in quantum computing.’ That’s what Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) CEO Ilyas Khan called Honeywell‘s efforts in building the world’s most powerful quantum computer. In a race where most of the major players are vying for attention, Honeywell has quietly worked on its efforts for the last few years (and under strict NDA’s, it seems). But today, the company announced a major breakthrough that it claims will allow it to launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer within the next three months.” Good morning, Internet…

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