Alice in Wonderland, Texas Supreme Court Records, London Transport Museum, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 6, 2020


Engineering and Technology: Review: V&A’s Curious Alice VR experience. “Ahead of the opening of its much-anticipated Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition in March 2021, London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum has released a VR experience: Curious Alice. This is not a dodgy reconstruction of its existing galleries or upcoming exhibition; it is a creative little companion piece well suited to the medium and offering a brief escape from reality.”

Texas State Library And Archives Commission: Search Texas Supreme Court Records Online. “In an earlier post, we wrote about the recovery and preservation of Supreme Court case files removed from state custody. Today, we highlight recent efforts by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to improve public access to early Texas Supreme Court case files.”

Prolific North: Manchester agency helps London Transport Museum open up in lockdown . “CTI Digital has created a new website for the London Transport Museum, to make its collection available during the lockdown. The platform has been designed to showcase some of the exhibits at the world’s leading museum of urban transport.”

Leeds University Library Blog: New online exhibitions using items from the University of Leeds Archive. “Three upcoming online exhibitions explore the diverse subjects represented in the Leeds University Archive. From the history of the campus and its coat of arms to the university’s involvement in the First and Second World Wars, the exhibitions touch on the range of material in the archive which preserves the records of the University of Leeds and its predecessors giving us an insight into past University life.”

University of Wyoming: New Wyoming History Day Website Launched by UW’s American Heritage Center . “WHD, an affiliate of National History Day, brings together hundreds of Wyoming middle school and high school students in an annual competition to explore key themes of historical events and how they helped create today’s world. Created by the AHC, the website provides online delivery of historical materials — original primary sources held at the center — to the students as they create their projects and presentations. The competition runs across the entire school year, through district meets and then the state competition. Top Wyoming students and their projects compete at the national level.”


Shine: China’s foreign investment website gets upgrade. “A new version of the official website with foreign investment guidance in China was launched on Thursday at the third China International Import Expo….So far, it has posted cumulatively more than 200,000 articles or briefs in Chinese and English, among which over 12,000 were on laws and regulations, over 15,000 offered statistical data, 80,000 were news items, 2,400 were research reports, and nearly 60,000 were information on outbound investment projects.”

ZDNet: Linux Mint introduces its own take on the Chromium web browser. “Linux Mint is a very popular Linux desktop distribution. I use the latest version, Mint 20, on my production desktops. That’s partly because, while it’s based on Debian Linux and Ubuntu, it takes its own path. The best example of that is Mint’s excellent homebrew desktop interface, Cinnamon. Now, Mint’s programmers, led by lead developer, Clement ‘Clem’ Lefebvre, have built their own take on Google’s open-source Chromium web browser. Some of you may be saying, ‘Wait, haven’t they offered Chromium for years?’ Well, yes, and no.”


American Alliance of Museums: How to Start an Accessibility Movement at Your Museum. “Like many institutions, in the last few years we at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport have begun to understand the importance of inclusive and accessible programming. We rolled out our ‘Sensory Saturday’ program in January 2019, introduced inclusive internships in June 2019, and were designated as the first Certified Autism Center in the State of North Carolina in March 2020. Almost a year and a half into this process, we feel, as an institution, that it is important to share tips and tricks we learned along the way.”


Edex Live: How this social media project aims to replace misogynistic and casteist slurs across Indian languages. “Have you ever thought about how misogynistic and casteist most verbal abuses are? While it might feel cathartic and release some pent up frustration, slang, more often than not, is derogatory and insulting. But, we also understand that there’s a need to release some of that frustration when things really get tough. So do Tamanna Mishra and Neha Thakur. And that is why the duo began an initiative called The Gaali Project in the first week of September. The initiative aims to replace these swear words with misogynistic undertones.”

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China. “The China Historical Christian Database, based at the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity & Mission and being built by researchers there and at CAS, gets granular: it will feature maps and other resources showing where Christian churches, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and publishing houses were located in China, how long they operated, and who worked in them.”

99% Invisible: The Lost Cities of Geo. “Because David [Bohnett] ran an internet company, his business depended on users having some grasp of what the internet was. So it was his challenge to get people comfortable on the web. And one day in 1994, it just came to him. His hosting site didn’t need a technological innovation, it needed a conceptual one. Users needed a new way of navigating the web. So he sketched out a plan to make his website feel more like a real neighborhood.”


Smithsonian Magazine: Bison Mummies Help Scientists Ruminate on Ancient Climate. “Over 28,000 years ago, a steppe bison, Bison priscus, died in present-day Alaska. Its body was preserved by permafrost until scientists discovered it in 1951. The bison now rests in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, able to be seen by a virtual tour or in the ‘David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time’ when the museum reopens.” Good morning, Internet…

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