Maine Newspapers, Seán Lester, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 6, 2021


Kennebunk Post: Kennebunk Free Library completes digital conversion of historic newspapers. “With the assistance of partner institutions, Osher Map Library and the Maine State Library, and with funding provided by the Maine Humanities Council Bicentennial Grant Committee, the library completed a long sought after digitization project to preserve the content in issues of three local historic newspapers which have been maintained in storage for nearly three decades.”

Dublin City University: Seán Lester Collection Published On DRI. DRI is Digital Repository of Ireland. “Lester, one of Ireland’s foremost diplomats, became High Commissioner in Danzig in 1934, during a period of increasing Nazi control of the city. He returned to Geneva in 1937, and was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the League of Nations in 1940, remaining there until the functions of the League were replaced by the United Nations in 1946. The collection contains diaries kept by Lester from 1935 to 1942.”

Syracuse University News: Syracuse University Libraries and IVMF Create Resource Library. “The Digital Library Program at Syracuse University Libraries, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) are proud to launch the Center of Excellence Resource Library (COERL), a digital repository of IVMF research publications on entrepreneurship and selected external content. COERL is the first live site of what will eventually be a digital resource library for all IVMF research publications, collections and resources. Future iterations will include resources for veteran employment, higher education and community engagement, among other areas of interest.”

Borneo Post: Bengkel Borneo gathers creative talents to create ‘Soundbank’. “The online interactive exhibition explores the theme ‘Divided by Lockdowns and Borders, Can We Still Connect Digitally Across Oceans Through Sound?’, and presents words, songs and photographs from Malaysian, Indonesian and British collaborators…. Launched today, Soundbank features recordings in over five indigenous languages, where several are highly-endangered; Kayan, Dusun and Gaelic, to name a few – demonstrating the diversity of the collaborators involved in this international project.”


CNET: Google News to return to Spain early next year. “Google News will soon be available again in Spain after the country amended a law that imposed fees on news aggregators for using local publishers’ content.”

Ubergizmo: Dropbox Update Makes It Easier For You To Manage Your Files. “The company has announced via a blog post that they are making some big changes in which it will make it easier for users to manage their files through automation, tagging, and more. For example with automation, Dropbox will let users create automation folders where when files are added to it, they can automatically name, sort, and tag the contents inside of it. This means when you drag a bunch of files into the folder, based on their date of creation, the folder will automatically put them into folders based on the date so you can quickly find them whenever you need, even if it was created months or years ago.” (This would have come in so handy for something I was working on about six years ago, lol)

9to5Google: Google Assistant no longer offers ‘Your News Update’ audio digests. “In November of 2019, Google upgraded Assistant’s ‘play me the news’ capability with personalized audio digests. Google Assistant has now removed ‘Your News Update’ and gone back to only offering standard sources.”


Route Fifty: 2020 Census May Have Missed More Than 1.6M Residents. “The 2020 census may have undercounted the U.S. population by more than 1.6 million people, drastically affecting the distribution of federal funding across the country, according to new research from the Urban Institute.”


BBC: Database firm Clearview AI told to remove photos taken in Australia. “Clearview AI lets law enforcement agencies search its database of faces. But the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) ordered it to stop collecting photos taken in Australia and remove ones already in its collection.”

Mashable: Your cute pet camera may hide a troubling secret . “The pet accessory business is a booming one, predicted to reach $46 billion by 2026. A growing part of that market is dog and cat cameras: remotely accessible webcams designed to monitor, and sometimes interact with, pets left at home. Think of pet cams as baby monitors, but for furry friends. But as with so many internet-of-things devices, pet cameras come with their own privacy and security risks.”


UK Government: Historic Kew Gardens collection to go digital in major boost for climate change research . “A £15 million investment to digitise the world’s largest collection of plant and fungal specimens will ‘revolutionise’ climate change research and help protect biodiversity for generations to come, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced today (4 November).”

Stony Brook University: Fluent: the First Smart Writing Tool for People Who Stutter. “Fluent is the first of its kind. Much of the literature that addresses the intersection of stuttering and AI focuses on a singular facet — stuttering detection. While there is no cure to stuttering, only intervention, this literature looks at diagnosis, not solutions. Fluent addresses the latter. Through the use of AI, the smart writing tool leverages speech patterns of people that stutter, specifically substitution tendencies. Through this, Fluent creates AI-driven inroads for continuous speech.” Good morning, Internet…

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