Nebraskaland Magazine, Villanova Basketball, LibreOffice, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, June 8, 2020


Panhandle Post: Digital archive features first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine. “The first 50 years of Nebraskaland magazine are now available free in digital form online after a three-year collaboration between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.”

Villanova University: 100 Seasons Of Villanova Basketball Now Available In The Digital Library. “This past year, in celebration of Villanova’s 100 seasons of men’s basketball, and in partnership with the Department of Athletics’ External Operations Unit, Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement has added a significant contribution of basketball-related images and content to the Villanova Digital Library. The items from University Archives include nearly 400 photographs and negatives, and more than 60 additional items, such as media guides, schedules, tickets, and scorebooks.”


BetaNews: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support . “The Document Foundation has released the first public beta of its upcoming LibreOffice 7.0 office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Users are encouraged to download and test the software — which installs alongside any existing production release — ahead its final release, expected to be in August. The new release doesn’t boast any major new features, but does update ODF support to 1.3, plus unveils improvements both major and minor to the suite’s major components — in particular Writer.”


The Next Web: The Criterion Channel removes paywall on classic black cinema in support of Black Lives Matter . “The Criterion Channel, one of the lesser-known streaming services, this week removed the paywall on several important movies from black filmmakers, allowing anyone to watch them for free. It also expressed its support of the Black Lives Matter and its commitment to financial support of civil rights organizations.”

Gizmodo: How to Track the Tech That’s Tracking You Every Day. “Companies like Facebook and Google might not be loyal—or particularly honest—to you and me, but they have to be honest to the folks they do business with: the millions of advertisers, the dozens of partners in the adtech space or otherwise, and, of course, the sea of investors and venture capitalists raking in cash somewhere on the other side. [Note: Facebook lied to its advertisers about video metrics — TJC] For folks trying to get a grip on their digital privacy—whether you’re an activists or not—the best thing you can do is think about your data the same way these companies do: as a business. And while I can’t, in good faith, give you The Top Ten Apps That Are An Activist’s Best Friend, I can give you some tips for surfing more thoughtfully.”

Mashable: How to best organize all your saved recipes on Instagram. “You’re scrolling through Instagram and just as the most gorgeous, gooey brownies are about to leave your field of view, your thumb instinctively stops. You want those brownies. You need those brownies. But you’re definitely not going to make those brownies right now, while you’re comfortably curled up on the couch, zoning out with the Instagram scroll. What to do? Save the brownies, of course. But if you save images whenever you get a jolt of cooking inspiration without a dash of organization, you’ll end up with random pictures of pasta mixed in with that cute puppy you saw up for adoption along with that Fijian beach you long to visit — and a lot of squinting.”


Getty Iris: PODCAST: Moving a Hundred-Year-Old Series Online: Getty’s Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. “How do you reimagine a century-old reference series for the digital age? In 1919, a French archaeologist started the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, or CVA, with the ambitious goal of cataloging every ancient painted vase in the world. Nearly 400 volumes, compiling some 100,000 vases, have been published to date, making the CVA one of the most important resources for researchers working on ancient Greek art and culture. Getty’s most recent addition to the CVA is the first born-digital, open-access volume of this essential series. In this episode, Despoina Tsiafakis, the author of Getty’s new CVA volume and the director of research at the Athena Research and Innovation Center in Greece, speaks with Getty curator David Saunders and Getty digital publications manager Greg Albers about the history of the CVA and the process of bringing the series to a new digital platform.” Podcast with transcript.

Reuters: Facebook takes down white nationalist and fake antifa accounts. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) said Tuesday it has suspended accounts associated with white nationalist groups after some advocated bringing weapons to the current wave of anti-racist protests. Company officials also said they removed accounts falsely claiming allegiance to antifa in order to bring discredit to the anti-fascist movement.”

CNET: LinkedIn employees made ‘offensive comments’ during anti-racism meeting. “A 9,000-employee video call intended to address racial barriers and promote diverse hiring at LinkedIn was disrupted by ‘offensive comments,’ Ryan Roslanksy, the CEO of the professional network, said Thursday, acknowledging that the virtual company town hall held earlier in the week had gone awry.”


The Register: Update Firefox: Mozilla just patched three hijack-me holes and a bunch of other flaws. “Mozilla has emitted security updates for Firefox to address eight CVE-listed security flaws, five of them considered to be high-risk vulnerabilities. The patches, present in Firefox 77, should be downloaded and installed automatically for most users, so if you haven’t closed out and relaunched your browser in a while, now might be a good time.”


The Politic: Internet Bots are Taking Over Politics—and Social Media Companies Can’t Stop Them. “A recent Carnegie Mellon report found that almost half of all the tweets using this #ReopenAmerica came from bots, leading me to wonder how these bots continue to infiltrate our social media in such an unstoppable manner. So, I decided to make my own.”

EurekAlert: Can’t concentrate at work? This AI system knows why. “Computer scientists have developed a way to measure staff comfort and concentration in flexible working spaces using artificial intelligence. While hot desking and activity-based working allow cost savings and greater flexibility – and are said to increase staff collaboration and satisfaction – studies also show the noise and lack of privacy can be distracting.” Good morning, Internet…

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