Wikilala, Segregated Georgia Hospitals, Facebook, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2021


New-to-me, from Daily Sabah: WikiLala: ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents. “The online digital library project, ‘WikiLala,’ which aims to gather and digitize all the printed texts from the Ottoman Empire since the introduction of the printing press, has been shedding new light on the empire’s history and culture. Thousands of books, magazines, journals, newspapers and various other manuscripts and documents have been digitized from Ottoman Turkish works.”

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light. “On the campus of Kennesaw State University, a disturbing era of Georgia history is now in plain view. ‘There were separate waiting rooms. Separate pharmacies. Entrances. Everything,’ Helen Thomas said. Thomas oversees the university archives. Along with the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia, she has gone online with the blueprints of hospitals built in the state during the 1940′s and 50′s.”


BBC: Facebook in Australia: What happened after news was blocked?. “It quickly became clear that one effect of the tech giant’s move was that in addition to news providers, emergency services were also being blocked. Some Australian government health-department and emergency-services pages found that their Facebook accounts had been affected.”

CNET: Social network Gab stops working as its Twitter account disappears. “Gab, a social media platform popular with right-wing users, stopped working on Friday evening, with its website serving up an error message. The company’s Twitter account also disappeared.”

I never thought I’d link to a news site called Bloody Elbow, but here we are. Bloody Elbow: UFC partners with TikTok, looking to tap into the social media platform’s young user base. “According to the announcement, the UFC will have TikTok shows that take a look at ‘weigh-ins, press conferences, interviews, arena tours, fighter training segments and more.’ The UFC will also assign a dedicated employee that will work with TikTok directly to produce both live and VOD content, with the deal starting with Saturday’s Blaydes vs Lewis event.”


Artnet: Want to Learn More About Black Artists During Black History Month? Here’s a List of Resources to Get You Started. “In honor of Black History Month, we put together a list of what social media accounts to follow, videos and films to watch, and books to read to catch yourself up on Black art history. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, and of course there are many other ways to learn. But for those looking for a way in, here are some suggestions on where you can begin.”


Southern Illinois University: Morris Library receives Buckminster Fuller’s books for research, study . “Morris Library’s Special Collections Research Center has Fuller’s personal library of more than 3,000 volumes; part of a recent donation of artifacts and furniture to the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Not-For-Profit. The organization recently acquired Fuller’s personal library and original house furnishings from his estate, with the goal of reinstalling the furnishings and library as it was in the 1960s to the dome home at 407 S. Forest St. in Carbondale, where Fuller and his wife, Anne, lived, from 1960 to 1971.”

San Antonio Magazine: San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum Opens this Month at La Villita. “After sharing a building with Hope House Ministries for nearly three years, SAAACAM decided to relocate the museum’s educational galleries to a more centralized location. The archives, which include collected photographs and oral histories, also are being processed so they can be available for public access at Texas A&M University San Antonio.”

AP: Social media stars sail away with sea shanty record deals. “The long forgotten sea shanty has been enjoying a renaissance on social media and is now moving into popular music with two U.K. artists landing record deals, following their online performances.”


National Security Archives: Lawsuit Saves Trump White House Records. “The National Security Archive et. al. v. Donald J. Trump et. al. lawsuit, filed December 1, 2020 to prevent a possible bonfire of records in the Rose Garden, achieved a formal litigation hold on White House records that lasted all the way through the transition and Inauguration Day, the preservation of controversial WhatsApp messages, and a formal change in White House records policy.”


EurekAlert: Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test. “A ruler and scale can tell archaeologists the size and weight of a fragment of pottery – but identifying its precise color can depend on individual perception. So, when a handheld color-matching gadget came on the market, scientists hoped it offered a consistent way of determining color, free of human bias. But a new study by archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History found that the tool, known as the X-Rite Capsure, often misread colors readily distinguished by the human eye.”


The Next Web: Become a sentient AI on the run from your evil ex in this ‘radically inclusive’ management game. “A Long Journey to an Uncertain End is an upcoming strategy management game from recently-founded studio Crispy Creative. I’ve had my hands on a demo for the past few weeks and I can sincerely say it’s my most anticipated game of the year. The game (we’ll call it ALJ for short) is a gorgeous mashup of space opera, crew/time management, and deep storytelling. It’s set in a far future that conjures up Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and The 5th Element in equal parts while also revealing a completely original world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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