White Shark Logbook, Tokyo Museum Collections, Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 3, 2021


Boston Herald: Cape Cod shark archive: See where great white sharks go the most each year. “The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has launched an online archive that reveals where hundreds of great white sharks have visited along the Cape each year. The new online tool, called the ‘White Shark Logbook,’ helps people see the historical detection data for tagged white sharks along Cape Cod. The White Shark Logbook provides users with data from 2010 to 2020, while the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app is for real-time sighting and detection data.”

TimeOut: Six Tokyo museums have put their prized collections online. “A bulk of the digital collection belongs to the Edo-Tokyo Museum (pictured top), which has an online archive of approximately 370,000 items. Count ’em! They span 400 years from the Edo Period (1600-1668) to present day Japan, showcasing how Japanese art has evolved over the centuries.”

State Archives of North Carolina: New online exhibit honors the Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree. “Staff at the Outer Banks History Center have created a new online exhibit honoring the Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree. This was an annual festival held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from 1955 to 1964. The Pirates Jamboree was conceived as a method of increasing tourism to the Outer Banks during the spring shoulder season (late April to May).” Not a huge exhibit but I’m always here for pirate jamborees.

Mackay Regional Council (Australia): Artspace’s Collection Goes Digital. “Residents can now curate their own digital art exhibition from more than 620 works with the click of a mouse. The works, about half of the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, have been made available through the Artspace Mackay online collection database and this will continue to be added to.” The collection includes contemporary indigenous art as well as ceramics and books.


Axios: Verizon sells Yahoo and AOL to private equity firm for $5 billion. “Verizon on Monday announced that it will sell its digital media unit, including Yahoo and AOL, to private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Details: Apollo will pay $5 billion for a 90% stake in the business, with Verizon retaining a 10% stake.”

Engadget: Twitter is testing professional profiles for businesses. “Twitter has started testing its redesigned profile for businesses that allows owners to display more information potential customers can see. The Twitter Business account announced the launch of ‘Professional Profiles’ and posted a photo showing what it would look like.”


The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push. “People online are discussing plans to back up [Radio Television Hong Kong] programs after the public broadcaster said it will delete content that is more than a year old from its YouTube and Facebook. They called on others to download their favorite RTHK programs and reupload them to another platform, with some even providing step-by-step tutorials teaching others how to download programs from YouTube.”


Techdirt: Canadian Government Wants To Regulate Social Media Like Broadcast. “Canada has a long history of requiring broadcasters to support and air Canadian content, setting percentages of airtime that must be dedicated to it. While this is controversial and of questionable efficacy, it is at least coherent with regards to television and radio broadcasting over public airwaves — but Bill C-10 would bring streaming services and many other websites under the same regulatory regime, which also includes even more concerning powers to regulate political speech.” Anybody remember the kerfuffle over Canada regulating zines back in the 1990s? Just me? Okay.


Southern Maryland Chronicle: Introducing mdFIND: a Collector App for Unanticipated Artifact Discoveries. “Several months ago, my colleague, Dr. Zac Singer and I began discussing ways to develop a smartphone app that could streamline the process of reporting unanticipated artifact discoveries in the field. To be clear, this app is not meant to replace completion of our standard Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP) Archaeological Site Form for reporting newly discovered sites. Rather, we envisioned it as a supplemental tool, not meant for sites, but for individual artifact finds.”

Wired: Here’s how to fix online harassment. No, seriously. “This entire framing of the problem of ‘content moderation’ is flawed. Someone’s experience on a platform is much more than the abuse-likelihood score of each piece of content they see. It is affected by every feature and design choice. Explicit product decisions and machine learning algorithms determine what is given distribution and prominence in timelines and recommendation modules. Prompts and nudges like text composers and big buttons are designed to encourage certain behavior  –  which is not always good, for instance if they end up motivating quickly-fired retorts and thoughtless replies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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