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Romania Photography, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Counterculture Magazines, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, June 12, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

BalkanInsight: Online Photo Archive Brings Romania’s History Back to Life. “If we take the 20th century, we can find a significant amount of digitized content that reflects that part of our history. But most of it comes from public institutions, newspapers, magazines and other organized archives. It scarcely represents people’s life in that time. This void in the graphic collective memory of most countries, which is perhaps most significant in post-communist societies, where archival sources were even more centralized, is being filled in Romania by Azopan. An amateur free online archive, it digitizes and publishes analogue pictures donated by the public.”

Winnipeg Free Press: Jewish Heritage Centre expands online archive . “People around the world can now access the oral history collection at the centre, consisting of 200 audio clips by rabbis, businesspeople, professionals, politicians, Holocaust survivors and others. They were recorded between 1968 and 2011. Online visitors can also delve into the newspaper collection, which dates back to the early 1900s and includes Der Yiddishe Vort (Israelite Press), a Yiddish-language newspaper published in Winnipeg; the Jewish Post, an English-language weekly founded in 1925; and Western Jewish News, also founded in 1925.”

Juxtapoz: Letterform Archive Release Online Archive of Counterculture Newspapers and Magazines from the 1960s and 70s. “Letterform Archive has been creating some wonderful online collections for readers to browse, and a few days ago released a wonderful historic overview of ‘Counterculture Newspapers and Magazines’ of the 1960s and 70s, what LFA describes as ‘an explosion of independent publishing in the 1960s and ’70s(that) took advantage of new, accessible technology to spread countercultural messages around the world.'”

Phys .org: Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits. “The new Environmental Planner tool (E-Planner) has been produced by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) to help farmers make decisions on which agri-environment options to introduce and where these are likely to work best. It uses detailed environmental data at a resolution of just five meters on all two million-plus fields across Great Britain. The tool analyzes satellite and aerial imagery plus other national-scale datasets to assess the suitability of unproductive or hard-to-farm areas of land for four agri-environment interventions.” “Agri-environment” was a new one on me, but this site helped me out.

India Express: MPs get ‘pink-listed’ in new digital archive. “Out of India’s 543 MPs, only 151 have made public statements on LGBTQIA+ issues, according to a digital project called the State of the QUnion (SOTQ), billed as India’s largest queer political archive. SOTQ, an initiative by volunteer-run group Pink List India, tracks statements on queerness and queer rights made by Lok Sabha members.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Facebook tests Wikipedia-powered information panels, similar to Google, in its search results. “Facebook is testing a new feature that aims to keep users inside its platform when they’re looking for factual information they would otherwise turn to Google or Wikipedia to find. The company confirmed to TechCrunch it’s now piloting an updated version of Facebook Search that displays factual information when users search for topics like public figures, places and interests — like movies and TV shows.”

Reuters: Google’s new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads. “Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status.”

Neowin: Google Stadia can now be used on any Android smartphone, as an experiment. “With today’s announcement, everyone with an Android smartphone that can install the Stadia app can also try to stream games to their device. This is labeled as an experimental feature, and Google isn’t promising that everything will work as intended on every device.”

USEFUL STUFF

Tom’s Guide: How to use Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or iCloud as your main cloud storage. “…before you consider switching to cloud storage as your primary storage location, there are several critical questions to ask. For example, can the cloud really replace the trusty hard drive as your primary storage location? And how easy is it to access important files and documents from other devices? And perhaps most importantly of all: will your data be safe? This article answers these questions and provides insights into how to make the most of your cloud storage solution, no matter which platform you choose.”

The New York Times: Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now. “For the past couple months, my Instagram feed has been filled with benign photographs of homemade food, flowering plants, and the creative projects people had undertaken while in coronavirus-mandated lockdown. Then, on May 25, George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking protests around the country. Instagram had already been a space for organizing and activism, but overnight that seemed to become its primary purpose. Calls to action, pictures and videos from demonstrations, and educational posts about defunding the police flooded into view.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Nevada Today: Researchers work to preserve neon signs in Northern Nevada. “As Northern Nevada cities grow, a loss of affordable housing is not the only impact the region faces. The area is losing its neon signs. ‘Many neon signs are at risk of demolition,’ Dr. Katherine Hepworth, associate professor of visual journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism, said. ‘Others are being converted to LED lighting (most notably, the Reno arch), irreparably removing key elements of their historical significance.'”

RESEARCH & OPINION

E&T: ‘Dr Google’ wrong most of the time, study finds. “Australian researchers have assessed free online symptom checkers, finding that they produce an accurate diagnosis around a third of the time and struggle with uncommon conditions.” Good evening, Internet…

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