Europe Language Policies, Google Measure, Wayback Machine, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2021


New-to-me, from Slator: Searchable Database Gives Users an Overview of Language Policies in Europe. “The database, called the European Language Monitor (ELM), is searchable for topics such as what language regulations and technologies exist in an EU member country. It is currently divided into four databases according to years of data collection. The goal, to provide up-to-date, ‘qualitative and quantitative data, links to rulings and legislation and other types of documentation.'”


Android Police: Google kills Measure, its AR-based measurement-taking app. “Google’s AR plans have changed over the years, from the standalone Project Tango to modern web-based efforts. But it’s the AR-based Measure app that’s the subject of today’s eulogy. The app leveraged your camera on ARCore-supported devices to (as the name suggests) measure the dimensions of stuff, and now it’s being retired. Google has suspended both support and updates for Measure.”


Global Investigative Journalism Network: Tips for Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in Your Next Investigation. “There are many ways journalists, researchers, fact checkers, activists, and the general public access the free-to-use Wayback Machine every day. Several thousand articles have been written about us, or reference our services. In fact, in GIJN’s My Favorite Tools series wrap for 2020, several leading investigative journalists identified it as a mainstay of their work. Following is an introduction for reporters interested in trying out the Wayback Machine for their next investigation.”


Denver Co News: This Photographer Is Making A Digital Archive Of Previous Denver. “It was only a year and a half ago that [Juan] Fuentes took his recordings seriously and began working with a professional camera. Inspired by street photography and the burgeoning Denver scene, as well as the journalistic aspect of the genre, Fuentes decided that through photos he could tell the stories of the marginalized communities he grew up with and surrounded himself with. ‘I can not write. II think it’s easier to create a story for myself with a picture,’ he said.”

Film New Europe: Almost 3000 Titles Digitally Restored by Polish TVP. “The Polish public broadcaster TVP has digitally restored almost 3,000 film and television productions. In addition, the company has digitalised as much as 1,000 km of film. The reconstructed productions include popular series, feature and documentary films, TV theatre performances and programmes for children. The budget of the project was over 17.9 m EUR / 80 m PLN.” That’s a little over 21.8 million USD.


Deadline: Ohio Attorney General Seeks To Declare Google A Public Utility In New Lawsuit. “The attorney general of Ohio is asking a state court to declare Google a public utility, something that would subject the search giant to extensive government regulation. The lawsuit (read it here) was filed by Dave Yost, a Republican, and reflects the party’s shift from traditional stances opposed to government regulations, as he and a number of lawmakers have targeted big tech.”

Al Jazeera: Hackers breached Colonial Pipeline with one compromised password. “The hack that took down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. and led to shortages across the East Coast was the result of a single compromised password, according to a cybersecurity consultant who responded to the attack.”


Cornell Chronicle: Online game replicates frustrations of research and disability. “‘There are micro-moments in the archive where your privilege and positionality take you along a different research route,’ said Julia Chang, assistant professor of Spanish studies in the Romance Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, describing not just experiences she and other researchers have had in archives, but also a moment programmed into an online, text-based game she developed this year with an undergraduate researcher.”

The Cricketer: THE SECRET CRICKETER: County cricket social media is becoming a hidden problem. “The Secret Cricketer has played county cricket for nearly 20 years and represented England. In his latest column for The Cricketer, he addresses the pitfalls of social media and how players are becoming obsessed with appeasing their followers.”


Boing Boing: The Met just posted Hilary Harris’s Organism (1975) to YouTube. “It took documentary filmmaker Hilary Harris (1929 – 1999) 15 years to make his short time-lapse film depicting Manhattan as a living creature. Called Organism, it was completed in 1975 and is considered to be a forerunner to Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982). It’s also fun to see New York in its grimy heyday.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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