Ohio University: New Digital Collection Shows Breadth of Photographer’s Work. “Lynn Johnson is an award-winning photojournalist who has covered many international issues in her long career. The Lynn Johnson Collection, which was donated by Johnson in 2011, contains material beginning with Johnson’s early work at the Pittsburgh Press through decades of her work as a world-renowned photojournalist, spanning the 1970s into the 2000s. Along with prints, the collection includes film negatives, tear sheets from magazines and other items that add greater context to her work.”
CT Jewish Ledger: “Trailblazer: Connecticut Jewish Woman Making History” goes online. “The ‘Trailblazer’ exhibition, which opened at the Mandell JCC in fall 2019 and moved to the University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd Center, highlights the lives of Jewish women from Connecticut who achieved remarkable things in business, education, entertainment, health care, fine art, journalism, and Jewish life.” The exhibit has been updated since the initial 2019 release.
University of Rhode Island: URI Libraries hosts new online exhibit, ‘The Unremembered: Indian Soldiers of World War II’. “A new online exhibit remembering the 2.5 million Indians who voluntarily took up arms to fight on behalf of their British colonial rulers during World War II is now live on URI Libraries’ new digital exhibit space. The Unremembered: Indian Soldiers of World War II, which acknowledges the contribution of these forgotten soldiers, features the work of multimedia artist Professor Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, and accompanies her mid-career retrospective ReVision at the Newport Art Museum which runs through January 9.”
ANSA: Expo Dubai: ANSA website goes online. “ANSA’s new website on Expo Dubai, the universal exposition that starts October 1 with 191 countries taking part, went online Monday. Each country has a pavilion focusing on the unique contribution it an make to the world.” ANSA is a wire service out of Italy.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: Apple updates free Keynote, Pages and Numbers iWork apps to take on Microsoft Office . “Apple on Tuesday updated its free iWork series of productivity apps, adding updated features amid the release of its iOS 15 software, as well as the iPhone 13 and new iPads. Among the changes: Apple said it’s made documents easier to read and write in its Pages app, added new organizational features into its Numbers spreadsheet app, and introduced live video views of a presenter in its Keynote slideshow app, as well as support for multiple presenters.”
Popular Science: Use your phone to identify plants, landmarks, and other mysterious objects. “You don’t need us to tell you just how smart the smartphone has become: From recognizing our voices to plotting complex routes in seconds, this device is a real box of tricks. With the right app, they can also help identify what’s in the world around us, whether it’s the breed of the dog that’s just come up to make friends with you, or information about a landmark you’re visiting.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Mother Jones: Barack Obama’s Library, the First Digital-Driven Presidential Archives in History, Breaks Ground Today. “The center, as the New York Times reports, ‘won’t actually be a presidential library. In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records. Instead, the Obama Foundation will pay to digitize the roughly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records from the administration so they can be made available online.’ Alongside the center will sit a museum, a sports space, a test kitchen, an art plaza, a kids’ area, and a new branch of the Chicago Public Library.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
The Verge: Why Facebook Should Release The Facebook Files. “Not only should Facebook commit to doing more research like the Facebook Files, it should release the Facebook Files, period. And not just the Instagram-related ones, as Nick Clegg suggested Monday. Whatever documents the Journal relied on, Facebook should make them publicly available. Redact them as needed to protect users’ privacy, if need be. Add context, where context is missing. But release them, and soon. Here’s my rationale.”
San Francisco Examiner: Facebook’s problems at the top: Social media giant is not listening to whistleblowers. “Employees identify a serious harm caused — often inadvertently — by Facebook’s policies or automated systems. In-house data scientists and engineers propose potential fixes. But then, top management, sometimes with the involvement of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, rejects the remedies, presumably because they threaten the company’s top priorities: increasing both its user count and the amount of time users spend on the site, liking, sharing and commenting. Not coincidentally, the advertisers that provide nearly all of Facebook’s revenue care a great deal about user volume and engagement.”
OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL
Space: 10 inspirational astrophotographers to follow on Instagram. “The art of astrophotography is a pursuit that requires real precision. Not only do astrophotographers need to be well-prepared – as the discipline requires a lot of specialized kit – they also need a lot of patience, as they often have to hang around waiting for ideal shooting conditions. The best in the field are able to capture the night skies with a sense of wonder while also offering a scientific portrayal of their subjects.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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