Dutch Museums, The Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive, Google Chrome, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 19, 2021


DutchNews: Let’s get digital: Museum Week goes online with 400 star objects. “Some 400 museums in the Netherlands will be showcasing their collections online at this year’s Museum Week, an annual event to promote Dutch museums big and small, which starts on Sunday. This year’s overarching theme is once again that of freedom, referring both to regret at the lack of freedom to come and go among the Rembrandts and the Appels, while at the same time celebrating the efforts museums are making to secure public online access to ‘the true gold’ in their collections.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive. “The Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive preserves and provides access to a broad range of websites related to the Cuban 27N Movement initiated in November 2020 by protesters in Havana, Cuba, demanding freedom of expression and other civil rights.”


The Verge: Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage. “An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that they’ve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself.”

Vox: Facebook plans to go after Clubhouse — and podcasts — with a suite of new audio products. “Facebook wants you to start talking, and listening, on Facebook. Sources say the social network is planning to announce a series of products — some of which won’t appear for some time — under the umbrella of ‘social audio’ on Monday. They include Facebook’s take on Clubhouse, the audio-only social network that grew rapidly last year, as well a push into podcast discovery and distribution, aided by Spotify.”


A million thanks to Mandy W. for bringing this to my attention. The South African: Watch | Cape Town fire: Dreadful scenes as UCT Library goes up in flames. “Well, this is just utterly devastating: Hundreds of years of history has gone up in smoke on Sunday, as the Cape Town fire ripped its way through campus – and set the UCT Library ablaze. Students were evacuated from their Halls of Residence earlier on Sunday, after the inferno made its way from Table Mountain, through Devil’s Peak, and into Newlands. …Precious archives, historic texts, and collections of African Studies are all in jeopardy this afternoon. The UCT Library is home to some classic publications, and has a long-standing history as an extraordinary hub for higher education.”

Georgia State University: Georgia State Libraries Awarded National Grant To Digitize Historically Significant Labor and Civil Rights Materials. “Georgia State University’s Libraries have received a $350,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize and provide access to American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Civil Rights Southeast Division and national-level records from the AFL, CIO and AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department.”

Daily Tar Heel: Digital time capsules: UNC Story Archive preserves oral histories for future generations. “The University Library is looking for participants for its recently released UNC Story Archive, a program where members of the campus community can tell their stories — all in their own voice. The project is based in the Wilson Special Collections Library and is open to all members of the UNC community, including students, alumni and faculty. Nicholas Graham, the university archivist, said the goal of the project is to build a more comprehensive and representative record of the UNC experience — especially those of students.”


BBC: Priti Patel: Facebook encryption plan ‘must not hamper child protection’. “Facebook’s plans to roll out encryption across its messaging services could jeopardise ongoing work to combat child abuse, the Home Secretary is to warn. Such encryption means only the sender and recipient can read messages. ‘We cannot allow a situation where law enforcement’s ability to tackle abhorrent criminal acts and protect victims is severely hampered,’ Priti Patel will tell a charity-hosted event.”


Economic Times: Google translation AI botches legal terms ‘enjoin,’ ‘garnish’: Study. “Translation tools from Alphabet Inc’s Google and other companies could be contributing to significant misunderstanding of legal terms with conflicting meanings such as “enjoin,” according to research due to be presented at an academic workshop on Monday.”

SF State News: New study on #MeToo movement reveals Twitter echo chamber. “Two years ago, San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Economics Sepideh Modrek published a paper about the 2017 #MeToo movement. The viral hashtag emerged after celebrities started coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other well-known public figures. Modrek’s first paper was a snapshot of those early Twitter conversations of mostly women tweeting personal stories of sexual assault and voicing support for survivors. In a new paper published in the April 2021 Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Modrek returned to Twitter to examine how the movement affected those uninvolved in the initial online conversations. The answer, unfortunately: not much.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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