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Montgomery C. Meigs, Chile Protests, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 15, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

HistoryHub: New Online: Digital Edition of the Montgomery C. Meigs Papers. “The papers of army officer, engineer, architect, and scientist Montgomery C. Meigs (1816-1892) consist of 11,000 items (39,635 images), most of which were digitized from 51 reels of previously produced microfilm. Spanning the years 1799 to 1971, with the bulk concentrated in the period 1849 to 1892, the collection is composed mainly of correspondence, diaries, journals, notebooks, military papers, family papers, scrapbooks, drawings, maps, plans, sketches and studies, photographs, and other papers.”

Princeton University Library: New photographs in PUL’s digital archive document Chilean protests, Oct. to Dec. 2019. “Princeton University Library recently published a collection of photographs documenting the social upheaval and crisis in Chile that began in October 2019, compiled by graduate students Alejandro Martínez Rodríguez (Spanish and Portuguese) and Camila P. Reyes Alé (architecture), in collaboration with Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, librarian for Latin American studies, Latino studies, and Iberian Peninsular studies.”

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage: Center Launches Google Arts and Culture Collections Page and First Story. “The Center is pleased to join the platform to increase the public’s access to and awareness of some of the rich materials in our collection. The Center’s page opens with Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau, which features fieldwork with nomadic ethnic Tibetan communities in China. In January, the Center will add a second feature, Discover Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (1967–2017), which shares the stories of some of the sculptures, pottery, costumes, and other crafts created at Center’s signature annual event.The site also includes a growing collection of images and videos from between 1965 to 2019.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Webex beefs up its features to stay competitive with Zoom. “Cisco (CSCO) on [December 8] introduced a host of new features for Webex, its video conferencing software, aimed at improving the WFH experience. They include a tool that creates meeting highlights on verbal command, a mechanism for easily converting a phone call to a video call and others.”

InfoQ: Five Years of Lets Encrypt . “Five years ago, Let’s Encrypt broke out of its private beta and launched a public beta that allowed administrators to request a valid certificate that could be used for encryption with SSL (now TLS). After starting the private beta with 26,000 certificates issued, it has now grown to supporting over 230 million sites and has issued over a billion certificates.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BuzzFeed News: After The US Election, Key People Are Leaving Facebook And Torching The Company In Departure Notes. “On Wednesday, a Facebook data scientist departed the social networking company after a two-year stint, leaving a farewell note for their colleagues to ponder. As part of a team focused on ‘Violence and Incitement,’ they had dealt with some of the worst content on Facebook, and they were proud of their work at the company. Despite this, they said Facebook was simply not doing enough.”

MeetingsNet: New One-on-One Networking Tool for Virtual Meetings, Remote Teams. “In brief, Twine pairs up people for condensed but productive one-on-one online conversations. Company cofounder and CEO Lawrence Coburn likens the experience to the chance encounters an attendee might have walking into a reception. However, unlike a cocktail party, Twine events are designed to cut through the small talk and get people to connect more deeply.”

BBC: The dead professor and the vast pro-India disinformation campaign. “A dead professor and numerous defunct organisations were resurrected and used alongside at least 750 fake media outlets in a vast 15-year global disinformation campaign to serve Indian interests, a new investigation has revealed. The man whose identity was stolen was regarded as one of the founding fathers of international human rights law, who died aged 92 in 2006.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Essex County Standard: University of Essex researchers launch innovative VR theatre study. “RESEARCHERS from Essex University are leading on an innovative study to explore the social impact of virtual reality theatre. A team from the uni, led by Dr Abigail Webb and Dr Rebecca Warren, are working with LIVR, an online library for immersive theatre content on the research. They hope to find out how immersive theatre, or shows viewed from home on VR a headset, impacts on viewers.”

Indiana University: #IDBoardReview Case Studies a Hit on Twitter. “Every evening, [Dr. Saira] Butt posts a case study on the @IUIDFellowship account and invites others to guess the diagnosis. (A brief warning: some of the photos that accompany the case studies are graphic, and may disturb the squeamish.) She responds to the suggestions, questions and guesses, and sometimes posts additional information, before finally revealing the correct diagnosis. She says she draws case studies from textbooks, the CDC website, and other Infectious Diseases resources, sometimes making minor alterations to the patients’ histories to further anonymize or vary them.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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