Library of Congress, WWII Greece, British Art, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2020


T.H.E. Journal: Library of Congress Releases App with Mobile Access to Digital Collection. “The collection includes audio recordings, books, videos, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, notated music, periodicals, photos, prints and drawings. Besides being able to search and explore the collection, users can also set up personal galleries of items for their own reference and share their curations with others.”

Europeana Pro: Exploring cultural heritage through oral history. “Memories of Occupation in Greece is a project supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft Foundation and Freie Universität Berlin. The project collected and archived audiovisual testimonies on the German occupation of Greece (1941-44). To this end, a total of 93 interviews were conducted in Greece with witnesses of the period, including members of resistance organisations, hidden children, Jewish Shoah survivors, prisoners of concentration camps, witnesses to retaliation, and other individuals who experienced the painful period in various ways. The interviews were digitised and made accessible in a trilingual web portal and are available for research, educational and training purposes.”

Anglotopia: Something New From Anglotopia: – A New Database Of Great Works Of British Art To Browse, Share, Download, And Enjoy. “I have built something new, that I really wanted to exist. A free database of beautiful British art. While we’re all on quarantine, one thing we can’t do is visit our great art museums. And I miss them. I visit the Art Institute in Chicago as often as I can. When I travel to Britain, I always visit the art museums – I love gazing at good art, for as long as I can. It’s pretty far down on the list of things to miss while we’re all self-isolating. But I still miss it. So, I decided to do something about it. I have built an online gallery of British Art, viewable to anyone. It’s a virtual art gallery of the finest British art I could find. Now we can all have a virtual tour of Britain’s art history and canon.”

Hyperallergic: Access Rare and Beautiful “Manuscripts of the Muslim World” via UPenn’s Digital Library. “All materials on OPenn are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenses as Free Cultural Works. The MMW Project characterizes these materials as ‘mostly unresearched,’ perhaps encouraging a curious army of sequestered armchair historians to dig into this wealth more than 500 manuscripts and 827 paintings from the Islamicate world broadly construed.”


Ubergizmo: Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations. “For example when receiving a message from a stranger, Messenger will show you a warning that offers some advice, like refusing requests to send money. For instances where an account that has been created to look like someone you know, Messenger will also warn users that this account appears to be similar to someone you know and that the person you’re chatting with might not actually be your friend.”

The Verge: Glitch lays off ‘substantial number of employees’ to cut costs. “Glitch laid off ‘a substantial number of employees’ on Thursday in an effort to cut costs and ensure ‘long term viability,’ the company confirmed in an email to The Verge. Glitch said it had to ‘significantly cut operating costs’ due to market conditions.”

Google Blog: Join the Africa Day virtual festivities. “An annual celebration of African unity, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the African Union. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, thinking about a ‘Borderless Africa: Celebrating Commonalities’ has a special resonance.”


The Roanoke Star: 3D Imaging Expands Access to Rare Insect Collection. “The digital collection will include the digitized physical picture or 3D model of the insect and metadata including measurements, chemical compositions, ancient DNA information, and other biological or geographical information. This gives anyone with an Internet connection an opportunity to learn from the past and build on future policies and discoveries. Several scientifically valuable collections in the museum will be digitized, including specimens of federally endangered species and ecologically critical pollinators.”


Bleeping Computer: Russian cyberspies use Gmail to control updated ComRAT malware. “ESET security researchers have discovered a new version of the ComRAT backdoor controlled using the Gmail web interface and used by the state-backed Russian hacker group Turla for harvesting and stealing in attacks against governmental institutions.”

The Daily Swig: ParamSpider: New tool helps in the discovery of URL parameter vulnerabilities. “ParamSpider, a new open source tool, automates the discovery of parameters in URL addresses, a key step in probing websites and applications for vulnerabilities. Developed by indie security researcher Devansh Batham (aka Asm0d3us), the tool scrapes the parameters of a target website using the Internet Archive API. Bug bounty hunters and security researchers can then feed this data to a fuzzer to find potential vulnerabilities.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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