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Yahoo Groups Metadata, Game UI Design, Architectural References Online, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 7, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Data Horde: Yahoo! Groups Archive Metadata Now Available. “After months of work and preparation, the metadata for over 1.1 million Yahoo! Groups retrieved by Archive Team’s Python script as well as from other grabs has been organized and is now available on the Internet Archive. Special thanks to Doranwen for organizing this data.”

Mashable: There’s an art to the way video games deliver info. A new website celebrates that.. “The newly launched Game UI Database turns an often-overlooked aspect of artful video game design into a headlining star. For most people who play games, on screen accoutrements like ammo readouts and minimaps — not to mention pause menus, inventory screens, and tooltips — are just a part of the scenery. We take them for granted, never really acknowledging that most games would be rendered unplayable in their absence. That’s the thing, too: A good user interface (UI) is supposed to be something that goes unnoticed.”

Arch Daily: A New Web-Based Archive Provides Navigable 3D Models and Drawings of Selected Projects. “Architectural References Online is a web-based archive for three-dimensional, navigable model photos of select projects in architectural history. Initiated by Marc Frohn as the head of the chair Raum + Entwerfen and developed together with Tim Panzer, the models and drawings were produced by students at the Architecture School of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie.”

The State Journal: Locals contribute to new website chronicling African Americans in the horse industry. “Three local folks are involved in a new website designed to increase awareness, education and access to African American history. The website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, is a collaborative effort between individuals, organizations, communities and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tom’s Guide: Google Maps just got three killer upgrades — and one will save you a ton of time. “It’s hard to imagine a time when you couldn’t use Google Maps to get around, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. The good news is a bunch of improvements are on the way with a new Google Maps update. The latest Google Maps beta just arrived, and it includes better support for ride sharing services, building numbers and even markers for crosswalks.”

BetaNews: Make your own emoji with Google’s Emoji Kitchen. “Emoji are well-loved, and every time new ones are released, they are received with much excitement. But how about the idea of creating your own emoji? This is what Google made possible earlier this year when it released Emoji Kitchen. While this does not let you design your own emoji from scratch, it does give you the chance to combine existing emoji to create new, strange and funny creations. Now the tool has been updated to make it even better than ever.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Create the Perfect Instagram Video With Canva. “…did you know Canva can also help you take on the role of a video editor? Not only does it provide the basic features of trimming, cropping, and adding music, but it also allows you to play with animations and transitions. We’ll take you through the steps of creating a killer video for Instagram using the free version of Canva, and with no prior knowledge in editing needed.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Reuters: Exclusive: Twitter suspends Thai royalist account linked to influence campaign. “Twitter has suspended a Thai pro-royalist account linked to the palace that a Reuters analysis found was connected to thousands of others created in recent weeks spreading posts in favour of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the monarchy.”

The Guardian: Facebook and YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam repression. “Facebook and YouTube are complicit in ‘censorship and repression on an industrial scale’ in Vietnam, according to a report by Amnesty International that accuses the platforms of openly signalling that they are willing to bow to the wishes of authoritarian regimes.”

Millennium Post (India): How farmers are reclaiming their narrative through social media. “While people protesting against the Central government often have to bear the brunt of trolls and certain media outlets twisting their narrative, the farmers blocking Delhi’s gates have kept up their movement throughout the last 11 days through social media mobilisation on channels like WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram — amplifying their voices and helping it reach far and wide.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Conversation (Australia): Researchers, librarians, filmmakers and teachers are waiting for the copyright reforms the government has promised. “In August, the communications minister announced a series of changes to copyright laws to ‘better support the needs of Australians and public institutions to access material in an increasingly digital environment’. These changes are long overdue. But the year is ending, and we are yet to see the legislation.”

Washington Post: Lawmakers are trying to create a database with free access to court records. Judges are fighting against it.. “Leaders of the federal judiciary are working to block bipartisan legislation designed to create a national database of court records that would provide free access to case documents. Backers of the bill, who are pressing for a House vote in the coming days, envision a streamlined, user-friendly system that would allow citizens to search for court documents and dockets without having to pay. Under the current system, users pay 10 cents per page to view the public records through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” Good morning, Internet…

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