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Broadway Networks, Ireland Maritime History, African-American Education, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 28, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem. “The first day of rehearsals for any Broadway show typically begins with a meet-and-greet, as an assortment of on- and offstage characters flood the studio. Before their names appear in the Playbill, the artists, producers, managers, marketers, and more are in a circle, ready to get to work. But exit that circle, pan out from the rehearsal room, and encounter the security attendant at the front desk of the studio.”

Derry City and Strabane: Tower Museum release new online Maritime Heritage Collections. “The Tower Museum are releasing some fascinating new online collections celebrating the City and District’s rich maritime heritage. Detailed diaries from transatlantic journeys and lists of the museum’s archive collection are among the information being made public this week on the museum’s website. Bernadette Walsh, Archivist at the Tower Museum, said the archives will allow the public to explore maritime life in the city over the last 300 years.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

State Archives of North Carolina: New Additions to the African American Education Digital Collection, part 3. “The Digital Services Section of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce new additions to the African American Education digital collection. Since 2016, we have been digitizing a large selection of items related to the Division of Negro Education from the Department of Public Instruction record group. These items were selected to highlight the efforts of several individuals to improve the lives of African Americans through education after the eradication of American slavery. Furthermore, they illustrate how difficult it was to fight for equal education within a segregated school system.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: A Beginner’s Guide to ADA Website Accessibility Compliance. “The lack of websites and mobile apps that pass accessibility compliance standards was disappointing news for accessibility advocates. When schools and businesses closed due to COVID-19, the public turned to the web for supplies, services, education, information, and access to their jobs. What they discovered were websites and apps they could not use.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Queens Daily Eagle: The MTA has a porn problem: Metro-North station websites feature X-rated search titles . “The website titles for at least 16 Metro-North stations contain an X-rated message in the Google search results — quite a surprise for anyone looking up Hudson Line train times…. The same dirty description — Flirtatious An*l D*ldo For C*ck Hungry Blonde Sl*t — accompanies 13 stations along the Hudson Line, including Metro-North platforms in Riverdale, Greystone, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Scarborough, Ossining, Croton Harmon, Cortlandt, Garrison, Cold Spring and Breakneck Ridge. That’s one way to get page views. But the MTA says the issue is actually Google’s fault.” Asterisks NOT mine for once, but I’m certainly fine with leaving them there.

BNN Bloomberg: Google Commissions Subsea Cable Linking U.S. and U.K.. “The cable, named Grace Hopper after the computer scientist, will also connect to Spain, becoming the first Google fiber line to land there, the company said in a statement. It joins existing Google subsea cables including Google’s Curie, which runs from the U.S. to Chile, and Dunant, which links the U.S. to France, and Equiano.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Senate panel to hold hearing into Google’s dominance of online advertising. “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hold a hearing in September to discuss Google’s dominance in online advertising, Republican Senator Mike Lee said in a release on Monday.”

FCW: Bill to modernize Plum Book clears Senate committee. “Congress is one step closer to modernizing the longstanding practice of publishing the compendium of political appointees known as the Plum Book every four years. Now a new bill is looking to transform the publication into an online database kept current by the Office of Personnel Management. The Periodically Listing Updates to Management (PLUM) Act of 2020, advanced by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on July 22, would require OPM to maintain a publicly available database with information on government officials in the Executive and Legislative branches in accordance with modern data standards.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines . “The stand-off between the US government and tech giant Huawei presents an opportunity for African developers to step up and seize a slice of a massive potential market in the search engine sector. But small players will not be able to do it alone and the opportunity will slip by if governments on the continent fail to make proactive interventions.”

Phys .org: NIST expands database that helps identify unknown compounds in milk. “…researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have recently doubled the size of a reference library that includes examples of a certain type of carbohydrate found in milk from humans and several other animals. The expansion of the library will help scientists identify the unknown compounds in their own milk samples. The researchers published their new findings in Analytical Chemistry.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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