San Francisco Concert Photography, Richard Wagner Foundation, Google Photos, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, May 25, 2021


SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered. “It’s hard to choose a favorite among San Francisco photojournalist and diehard environmentalist Greg Gaar’s extraordinary collection of 1,114 concert photos — taken between 1972 and 1989 at venues across the Bay Area — through which icons of the city’s eclectic and vibrant music history live on.”

Richard Wagner Museum, machine translated from German: Online collection: The most important part of the National Archives of the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth is now accessible on the Internet. “The core of the archive, namely the handwritten estate of Richard and Cosima and the artistic estate of Siegfried Wagner, is now accessible online from the previously purely reference inventory…. The convenient search for the high-resolution, highly detailed digitized documents can be carried out by the names of persons involved, such as authors or addressees, by dates and locations of origin, signatures or keywords.”


Android Central: Google Photos launches new storage management tool ahead of policy change. “Google Photos will soon enforce its new storage policy, which will no longer provide free storage for high-quality uploads for most users. To help ease the transition, Google is launching a new tool that will help users to manage their Google Photos storage to free up space. The new review tool in Google Photos will help sort the files that users may not want, taking up precious space. It will allow users to pull up blurry images or large files, taking up too much space from the free 15GB allotment.”

Mashable: Twitch’s new content tags are long overdue but they’ll need back-up. “With a bit more than a week to go before Pride Month kicks off on June 1, Twitch is launching a new collection of 350-plus content tags aimed at boosting the discoverability of marginalized voices. It’s a ridiculously late change for a tagging feature that was first introduced in 2018, but still a welcome one for content creators on the site who have long sought ways to increase their visibility on a crowded and noisy streaming platform.”


MakeUseOf: How to Make a 3D Map in Excel. “When visualizing and exploring geographic data, you can use Microsoft 3D Maps in Excel to project and analyze the data in a more meaningful way. Excel includes the Microsoft 3D Maps, a brand new tool to plot 3D charts using geographical data. This tool is available to Excel users from the 2016 version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft 3D Maps tool enables you to explore geodata in a new and effective approach.” You might see the first three numbered paragraphs and think, “Ugh, shallow overview article with no how-to.” Keep going; Tamal Das gets to the good Excel stuff pretty quick.


Complex: A Guide to the Rap Social Media Universe. “The internet has its corners for everyone, and we put together a guide to highlight some of the most notable communities. This isn’t a completely uniform roundup, because some platforms are actual DSPs whereas others offer mixed media experiences, but the guide shows how different communities, and different rap subgenres, have their ideal digital spaces.” How can you mention rap Twitter and not mention Ice T (@FINALLEVEL) or Missy Elliott ( @MissyElliott )?

ESPN Press Room: The Undefeated and Getty Images Join Forces to Spotlight the Black Experience through Visual Storytelling. “The Undefeated, ESPN’s multimedia initiative exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture, and Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announced a creative agreement that will see the two companies collaborate on visual stories that spotlight the Black experience.”


Moscow Times: Russia Gives Google 24 Hour Ultimatum to Remove Banned Content. “Russia’s internet regulator has threatened to slow down Google services in Russia if it does not comply with requests to delete content within 24 hours, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency has reported. The federal communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Monday that Google had failed to remove 20-30% of links to content which it says are prohibited in Russia — a controversial category which includes content promoting drug use and featuring child pornography, as well as posts Russia says encourage under-18s to attend unauthorized protests.”

TechCrunch: Police in India visited Twitter offices over ‘manipulated media’ label . “Delhi police, controlled by India’s central government, on Monday evening visited two offices of Twitter — in the national capital state of Delhi and Gurgaon, in the neighboring state of Haryana — to seek more information about Twitter’s rationale to label one of the tweets by ruling partly BJP spokesperson as ‘manipulated media.'”

CNET: Facebook, Twitter and Google could get fined for banning candidates under new Florida law. “Large tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google could get slapped with fines if they bar political candidates in Florida from their platforms, under a new law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.”


Harvard Gazette: Tracking progression of disease through internet searches for symptoms. “You’re not feeling well so you open a search engine and type: fever, dry cough, hoping to find hints of what you may have. A handful of days later, you’re feeling worse, and you type in: trouble breathing. It turns out you’re not the only one who’s doing this, and a Harvard senior’s research project suggests that tracking the results of all those searches can tell us something about the progression of a new disease in individuals and through a population.”

EurekAlert: Posts to Reddit forum “SuicideWatch” spike in the early hours of Monday morning. “New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that people on a social media suicide support forum are most likely to post to the site during the early hours of Monday morning.” Good morning, Internet…

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