Washington City Paper, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Facebook, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 18, 2021


DC Public Library: DC Public Library Adds Washington City Paper Archive. “The Washington City Paper digital collection is being added to the Library’s People’s Archive. Washington City Paper has been Washington, D.C.’s principal alternative weekly newspaper since its first issue in February 1981, and focuses on local news and arts. The paper’s name has evolved over the years, from its original, ‘1981,’ to ‘City Paper’ in 1982, to ‘Washington City Paper’ in 1988. Notable writers who were once City Paper staffers include David Carr, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jake Tapper, Katherine Boo, Clara Jeffery and Michael Schaffer.” The archive is still in progress, with issues from 1981 current available.

Columbia University: Yarshater Center Launches New Encyclopaedia Iranica Online Website. “The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce that the Encyclopaedia Iranica Online is now freely accessible… This new website, hosted by Brill, a leading academic publisher, is the only digital platform authorized by Columbia University for the Encyclopaedia Iranica content produced and curated by the Yarshater Center.”


Mashable: Facebook to add labels to climate change posts. “Facebook will add labels to posts related to climate change, as part of its ongoing attempt to wrangle misinformation spreading on the platform. Amid the chaos that is Facebook’s news ban in Australia, the social media giant announced the new feature on Thursday in a blog post.”

The Next Web: Google Search’s new feature makes it easier to weed out unreliable results. “Google Search is adding a feature to help you verify your search results are showing reliable information. Search will now show a menu icon ‘next to most results on Google’ that you can tap on to access more information about a particular site without having to actually click through. This makes it a little easier to verify if the search result comes from a source that’s likely to be trustworthy.”


The A&T Register: 4 Virtual Black art exhibits to see for Black History Month. “It is important to not only take the time to honor the African Americans who made a tremendous impact in our country’s social, civil and political history, but to also honor the African American artists who have created remarkable, awe-inspiring visuals of the Black experience in America. Listed below are a few virtual Black art exhibits to see for Black History Month and beyond.”


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Mongolian Archaeological Project Receives 2 Million Euro Arcadia Grant. “Archaeological sites in Mongolia face a range of threats, including climate change and looting. With funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is launching the Mongolian Archaeological Project: Surveying the Steppes (MAPSS). Investigators in Mongolia and Germany will use satellite imagery and existing archival material to create a unified, open access database of Mongolian archaeology.”

CTV News: ‘Witchcraft’: NAIT student making stenography cool with social media videos. “Videos of a NAIT student reporting about what she’s learning in her court reporter classes are turning her into a social media sensation. Isabelle Lumsden’s videos about stenography have been seen over 2.5 million times on TikTok.”


Washington Post: House to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs as Washington seeks to crack down on disinformation, antitrust. “House lawmakers are set to grill the top executives at Facebook, Google and Twitter at a high-profile congressional hearing next month, as Democrats and Republicans take fresh aim at the tech giants for failing to crack down on dangerous political falsehoods and disinformation about the coronavirus.”


American Alliance of Museums: An Unconventional Museum Education: Prioritizing Community Need. “Ever since I was a student of museum studies at Georgetown University, I’ve been interested in how to embed museums into their communities in more useful and necessary ways. Now, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), I’m part of making that a reality, prioritizing innovative education in a way I have never seen before.”

ABC News (Australia): Building a search engine to rival Google could cost billions — and that’s not the only problem. “The servers for the Gigablast website occupy a windowless brick building on Bogan Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just off the interstate and near pawn shops and discount tyre dealers. ‘It’s Bogan Avenue. You’re Australian, you’ll get the joke,’ said Matt Wells, founder and sole employee of the search engine. Gigablast is now mostly forgotten, but there was once a time, around the turn of the millennium, when it could be mentioned in the same breath as another option: Google.” Good evening, Internet…

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