Razorback Band Digital Archive, Black-Owned Minnesota Newspapers, Australia Media, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, June 1, 2021


University of Arkansas: U of A Launches New Razorback Band Digital Archive. “The U of A recently launched its new Razorback Band Digital Archive, which is a collection of almost 500 video files consisting of over 700 performances since 1963, catalogued in chronological order.”

MPR News: ‘Super cool’: Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned newspaper puts its archive online. “The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has documented daily life in the Twin Cities’ Black community for more than 85 years. But until recently, finding stories from that rich past meant slogging through stacks of old newsprint. Now, that history can be found with a few clicks. Archives reaching back to 1934 are online now at the Minnesota Historical Society’s digital newspaper hub.”


Reuters: Australia’s Nine signs Facebook, Google deals under new licensing regime. “Australian broadcaster and publisher Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd said it signed multi-year content-supply deals with Google and Facebook Inc, harnessing tough new licencing laws to bolster profit. The step means that all of Australia’s three largest media firms now have deals with U.S. tech giants that had until this year fiercely opposed laws making them negotiate over the fees they pay for the links driving clicks to their platforms.”


Teaching Expertise: 38 Best Reading Websites for Kids. “As a teacher, you want your students to be reading whenever possible. However, it can be difficult to provide hard copies of books to every student, especially when the kids in your class are most likely reading at a variety of levels. Thanks to modern technology, there are lots of websites that allow students to practice reading from anywhere, at their level, about almost any topic. Try some of the suggestions below to get your students practicing!” I wish there was more annotation for each site, but it’s a big list.


Gothamist: First-Ever And “Long Overdue” Hip Hop Museum Groundbreaking Draws Luminaries To The Bronx. “Hip hop royalty converged on a large tract of empty land in the South Bronx, overlooking the Harlem River, for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Universal Hip Hop Museum on [May 20]. The event drew a who’s who of legendary hip hop artists including Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, Chuck D, Nas, LL Cool J, and Fat Joe. City and state officials joined the hip hop luminaries to plant shovels on the ground for the $80 million, 52,000-square-foot museum financed through city, state, and private monies.”

Fair Planet: The Growing Role Of Smartphones And Social Media In Migration. “Researchers posit that mobile technologies are a driving factor for migrants and refugees, especially for those inspired by the experiences of others in their situation. While the number of global smartphone users is said to be over 3 billion, for the more than 68.5 million refugees escaping persecution, war and hunger at home, a phone is not just a means of communication but a mode of survival and hope.”

The Peninsula: NMoQ signs MoU with Microsoft to accelerate Qatar Museums digital transformation. “The National Museum of Qatar, part of Qatar Museums, today announced that it has signed an MOU with Microsoft to enhance the Museums digital-transformation plans and deliver state-of-the-art smart exhibits. The agreement will also help foster the development of a dedicated section that will collaborate with Microsoft’s AI digital center to enhance digital learning experiences for schools and families, using technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI).”


BBC: Asparagus recipe appears in Belgian law database. “Asparagus may be popular in Belgium, but local lawyers were surprised to find a recipe for the vegetable hidden among laws and royal decrees last week. The text appeared to have been accidentally copied and pasted into legislation on the price of drugs and medical supplies.”

Bleeping Computer: Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts. “The Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has shut down SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, on Thursday after it was targeted in several hacking attempts. SmiNet, which is also used to store electronic reports with statistics on COVID-19 infections, was shut down on Thursday to investigate the attacks and was brought back online on Friday evening.”


GeekNative: AR success Foundry Six comes to tabletop RPGs with Arealm. “Arealm is compatible with any video chat such as Discord, Meet or Zoom. With it, DMs, GMs and players can transform into their tabletop RPG characters or NPCs. The project asks for $25,000 to fund, and you can see progress on the project page.”

ARC Center of Excellence in Population Ageing Research: New Metadata Database on Ageing empowers population ageing researchers. “Researchers of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) have today released an online webtool – the Metadata Database on Ageing – which assists researchers working in ageing to understand what survey data is available in Australia and how to gain access.”

India Express: Government must be transparent about its plans for the National Archives of India. “The absence of public consultations and the aggressive pursuit of the Central Vista project during a national crisis raises important questions not just about the future of historical research, but about the state’s responsibilities towards its citizens. The curtailment of access to public spaces as part of the project also bears on the proposed changes to the National Archives Complex and the students, workers, bureaucrats, tour guides, local and international researchers who work in and around the complex.” Good morning, Internet…

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