Fashion Research, Federally Funded Language Programs, Environmental Activism, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, October 19, 2020


Dazed: Elise by Olsen has launched a fashion research library. “Launching today (October 15), the digital library includes more than 5,000 pieces of contemporary printed documents and artefacts, including books, magazines, lookbooks, show invitations, and illustrations from the likes of Acne, Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Larry Clark, Martin Margiela, Nan Goldin, and more. The collection will keep growing through ongoing donations from fashion houses and publishers.” The archive is free to access.

US Department of State: Launch of Website on Federally Funded Language Programs . “The website provides a resource for Americans seeking to learn a foreign language by serving as a one-stop platform for U.S. government language programs. Americans can visit Languages.State.Gov to take a quiz to identify language programs that fit their goals and explore U.S. government scholarships and other resources. The website will categorize the language programs offered by the U.S. government by several criteria, including course length, location, and audience.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive. “The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive… documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism.”


Make Tech Easier: Google Adds More AI to Search to Be More Helpful . “Google has become synonymous with search. The name has become an action. Who searches for things online? We google it. It’s come a long way since it was first developed in 1997 – when that’s all Google was, a search engine. Google has recently added more AI to search to make it even more helpful.”


The Guardian: From cut-out confessions to cheese pages: browse the world’s strangest books. “Edward Brooke-Hitching grew up in a rare book shop, with a rare book dealer for a father. As the author of histories of maps The Phantom Atlas, The Golden Atlas and The Sky Atlas, he has always been ‘really fascinated by books that are down the back alleys of history’. Ten years ago, he embarked on a project to come up with the ‘ultimate library’. No first editions of Jane Austen here, though: Brooke-Hitching’s The Madman’s Library collects the most eccentric and extraordinary books from around the world.”

Pappas Post: Help Us Preserve History: Ottoman Greeks of the United States Project. “The Ottoman Greeks of the United States Project (OGUS) is a multifaceted interdisciplinary research project at the University of Florida. OGUS was established in 2015 with the support of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and is one of the program’s many projects. Our main goal is to raise the public’s awareness and inspiring scholarly research about the experiences of Ottoman Greek immigrants and refugees in the United States. To achieve this goal, the project is interviewing descendants of immigrants in the US from regions of the former Ottoman Empire which constitute contemporary Turkey.”

Havana Times: Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories. “PhDs Margaret Brehony and Nuala Finnegan, both from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the National University of Ireland in Cork, refer to this distinctive seal in their collection of essays Ireland and Cuba: Entangled Histories. They are written with little or no angles, nothing doctored, and therein lies the book’s greatest uniqueness. The book talks about anti-slavery movements, ethnic whitening processes, women in the Irish diaspora, the slave trade… The following is our conversation with Margaret Brehony about a slice of history that interweaves both islands.”


CNET: Judge orders DOJ to determine intent of Trump’s tweets ‘declassifying’ Russia docs. “A federal judge wants to know more about what President Donald Trump meant when he tweeted that he’d ‘fully authorized the total declassification’ of documents related to the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US elections, according to media reports.”

The Daily Swig: GHunt OSINT tool sniffs out Google users’ account information using just their email address . “GHunt lets individuals, or security experts, analyze a target’s Google ‘footprint’ based just on an email. The open source intelligence, or OSINT, tool can extract the account owner’s name and Google ID, YouTube channel, and active Google services, including Photos and Maps. GHunt can also reveal public photos, phone model, make, firmware and installed software, and potentially, the user’s physical location.”

Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum. “A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online.”


EurekAlert: Internet connectivity is oxygen for research and development work. “Fast and reliable internet access is fundamental for research and development activity around the world. Seamless connectivity is a privilege we often take for granted. But in developing nations, technological limitations can become stumbling blocks to efficient communication and cause significant disadvantages.”

LIS Scholarship Archive Works: Strategies for integrating Open Access Resources (OAR) into libraries collections: A study. “The study’s general purpose is to assist both management and collection development practitioners in adopting appropriate strategies for integrating OA materials into libraries’ collections. The study was designed to specifically examine the challenges to the integration of OAR into libraries’ collections and to explore relevant strategies for the integration.” Good morning, Internet…

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