NARA, Feast Afrique, Twitter, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2021


NARA: National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website. “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on archived White House websites and social media accounts, as well as information on access to the records of the Trump Administration. Under the Presidential Records Act, the National Archives receives all records of the Trump Administration, which will be preserved in NARA facilities in the Washington, DC, area, and access to those records will be provided through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library, controlled and administered by the National Archives.”

Toledo Blade: Feast Afrique: Diving in to African culinary delights. “‘African, African-American and African-Inspired knowledge are not often acknowledged in culinary practice,’ Ozoz Sokoh wrote in the introduction to the digital library she’s created at her site, Feast Afrique, which features nearly 200 books.”


The Verge: Twitter locks out China’s US embassy after ‘baby-making machines’ tweet. “Twitter has locked the official account for China’s US embassy, over a tweet it said violated its policy against dehumanization, Bloomberg reports. The tweet, which was originally shared on January 7th, referred to Uighur women as ‘baby-making machines’ prior to government intervention. Twitter removed the tweet and replaced it with a notice saying it’s no longer available. However, Twitter requires account owners to manually delete tweets that violate its rules before unlocking accounts.”

BetaNews: Raspberry Pi Pico is a $4 microcontroller for projects. “The Raspberry Pi itself is a powerful, low-cost device that can be used for a wide number of tasks, from playing games to learning how to program. Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation takes the wraps off Raspberry Pi Pico, a $4 microcontroller designed for physical computing projects. It can be used to control lights, buttons, sensors, motors, and even other microcontrollers.”


MakeUseOf: How to Get Started With Discord: A Beginner’s Guide. “Discord is most gamers’ favorite way to voice and video chat with their friends while gaming. It has also proven extremely popular for staying connected with friends recently, even without video games being involved. Discord is great for communicating with friends throughout the day and meeting new people through public servers. And at its core it’s just a fun place to hang out, with more to do than on other social media platforms.”


CNET: Twitter transfers White House accounts to Biden: What you need to know. “The transfer of the official presidential Twitter accounts first happened in 2017 when Barack Obama, the first president to use Twitter, departed and Donald Trump took office. Unlike 2017, though, Biden didn’t automatically inherit the followers from the prior administration, a change his team wasn’t happy about…. Here’s what you need to know about the social media transfer of power.”

Mashable: How Big Tech failed to stop misinformation in 2020. “The QAnon conspiracy theory found a shocking amount of mainstream support. Black Lives Matter protests were exploited to spread lies about violence coming to Small Town, USA. And officials had to fight destructive wildfires and false stories about antifascists at the same time. And, of course, there was the misinformation superspreader event: the COVID-19 pandemic. The consequences have been dire. But we don’t have to let it continue in 2021.”

Talequah Daily Press: NEH awards NSU Humanities Initiative grant. “Northeastern State University professors plan to use a recent grant award to highlight Cherokee and the diverse regional histories of Tahlequah and surrounding areas of what is known as Green Country in Northeastern Oklahoma.”


Reuters: Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law . “Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.”


Northwestern Now: One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media. “While many physicians benefit from social media by networking with potential collaborators or interfacing with patients, a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago found many physicians also report being sexually harassed and personally attacked on these platforms on the basis of their religion, race or medical recommendations.”

Smithsonian: Report Highlights Long-Term Benefits of Scientific Collections. “The Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press has published a report exploring the benefits of the nation’s scientific collections. The report, a joint effort of 15 federal departments and agencies led by the Smithsonian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides illustrative examples of the many ways federal scientific collections serve the nation, from vaccine development to earthquake preparedness.” Good morning, Internet…

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