LGBTQ Silicon Valley, Student Notebooks, Oregon Immigrants, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 4, 2020


Bay Area Reporter: Exclusive: Silicon Valley LGBTQ history website goes live. “The website is debuting ahead of LGBTQ History Month in October. The virtual Queer Silicon Valley exhibition includes archival documents, personal narratives, photographs, interviews, and videos of the LGBTQ+ community in Santa Clara County.”

New-to-me, from Open Culture: Explore a Digital Archive of Student Notebooks from Around the World (1773-Present). “To bring back memories of your schooldays, there’s nothing quite like the sight of your old exercise books. This holds true whether you went to school in Ghana in the 2010s, Italy in the 90s, France in the 80s, China in the 70s, Japan in the 60s, or India in the 50s. All of these examples and many more have come available to view at the Exercise Book Archive, an ‘ever-growing, participatory archive of old exercise books that allows everyone to discover the history, education, and daily life of children and youth of the past.'”

KLCC: Oregon Historical Society Adds ‘The Immigrant Story’ Series To Digital Collection. “Recorded interviews from immigrants across the state are now available on the Oregon Historical Society’s digital archive. The collection comes from the ongoing series The Immigrant Story. With over 170 interviews conducted since 2017, founder and president of The Immigant Story series, Sankar Raman said there are three common themes found in these stories: resiliency, a willingness to give back, and gratitude.”


CNBC: Here’s everything Google announced on Wednesday. “Google kicked off its annual hardware event Wednesday where it announced several new products, including the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G phones, the Chromecast with Google TV and the Nest Audio speaker.”


Michigan State University: Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University a $325,000 grant to support the first phase of the ‘Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico,’ a digital open-access repository of Puerto Rican artifacts of disasters pertaining to Hurricane María (2017), the Guayanilla earthquakes (2020), and COVID-19 (2020).”

Wired: Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves. “After the pandemic closed many libraries’ physical branches this spring, checkouts of ebooks are up 52 percent from the same period last year, according to OverDrive, which partners with 50,000 libraries worldwide. Hoopla, another service that connects libraries to publishers, says 439 library systems in the US and Canada have joined since March, boosting its membership by 20 percent.”


KAWC: Prosecutors to Create Arizona Database For Questionable Officers. “But an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union says it appears to be little more than ‘window dressing’ on what he contends is a flawed system. Jared Keenan said that still gives prosecutors a lot of leeway to refuse to add someone to the list and, more to the point, refuse to disclose to defense attorneys exactly what it is that caused that officer’s name to be added. And the new database itself is of little use to the public who may want to know more about the police or deputies in their community.”

Reuters: Meet the lawyers behind the upcoming U.S./Google antitrust showdown. “The U.S. antitrust case against Alphabet Inc’s Google will spotlight two lawyers better known for behind-the-scenes counseling: Justice Department attorney Ryan Shores, who is putting together the case, and Google executive Kent Walker, who is calling the shots on the search engine company’s defense.”

Sunderland Echo: Sunderland man banned from writing about wife on social media under new court ruling. “Jason Jones, 47, of Border House, Houghton Road, Hetton, made several online posts in which he referenced his wife, a court heard. They included how he planned to cover up a tattoo with her name on. The posts came just weeks after he was spared jail for causing her grievous bodily harm in an attack on August 31 last year.”


Quanta Magazine: Building the Mathematical Library of the Future. “Digitizing mathematics is a longtime dream. The expected benefits range from the mundane — computers grading students’ homework — to the transcendent: using artificial intelligence to discover new mathematics and find new solutions to old problems. Mathematicians expect that proof assistants could also review journal submissions, finding errors that human reviewers occasionally miss, and handle the tedious technical work that goes into filling in all the details of a proof. But first, the mathematicians who gather on Zulip must furnish Lean with what amounts to a library of undergraduate math knowledge, and they’re only about halfway there.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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