Pillars Muslim Artist Database, Troove, USS Battleship Texas, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2021


Pillars Fund: New Personnel Database For Muslims In Film Addresses Inequality Behind The Screen. “The new database includes profiles for actors, directors, cinematographers, sound technicians, and other Muslim professionals working below and above the line in the filmmaking industry in the United States. The network is accessible to directors, producers, and casting directors who can search the profiles and invite artists to collaborate on their projects.”

EdScoop: ‘Troove’ wants to match students with their perfect college. “A new website called Troove wants to match students with the perfect college, using an algorithm similar to those used by dating websites, but accounting for things like class sizes and how easy it is to make friends.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Battleship Texas Plans and Records Now Online at the State Archives. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a major digitization effort that provides online access to more than 3,000 ships plans and records from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) collection documenting the USS battleship, Texas. Also known as BB-35, the dreadnought was commissioned in 1914 and participated in both World War I and World War II, including as flagship during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. USS Texas went on to become the first memorial battleship in the United States and serves as a national historical landmark.”


Rowan University: Miss America at 100: Panel discussion to focus on organization’s history, Rowan’s digital archive project. “A century of the Miss America Organization—and Rowan University’s work to digitize the organization’s vast archives—will be the topics during a panel discussion on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of Business Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro. The event, ‘The Road to 100 More,’ will be held in person and also offered virtually. It is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.”


Billboard: Twitch Launches Livestreaming Music Incubator Program. “Twitch is launching a livestreaming incubator program called The Collective to help train and support musicians on the platform, the company tells Billboard. The program will group musicians into invite-only groups called collectives designed to help artists learn how to use and maximize the platform, with support from Twitch staff and industry partners including Amazon Music, United Masters, DistroKid, and TuneCore, among others.”


MakeUseOf: Monitor Calibration Made Easy With These 5 Online Tools. “Your new computer is ready and just waiting for that nudge of the mouse. Wait! Have you forgotten something? Monitor color calibration is one of the basic steps most of us forget or ignore. Pixel perfect monitor calibration is a cardinal rule for photographers and graphic artists. If you are either of those, you know all about monitor calibration. Others should read on.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Kilometres of official secrets, collecting dust and costing taxpayers. “Australia’s intelligence community has conceded it is breaching laws governing how some of the nation’s most important historical documents are stored, revealing more than 10 kilometres of classified documents are gathering dust and may never be made public. Documents released to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under freedom of information laws show the Foreign Affairs Department, Defence, ASIO and other intelligence agencies all believe more money has to be sunk into preserving historical records and changes made to the nation’s archives laws.”


CNN: Researchers uncover software flaws leaving medical devices vulnerable to hackers. “Researchers say they have found more than a dozen vulnerabilities in software used in medical devices and machinery used in other industries that, if exploited by a hacker, could cause critical equipment such as patient monitors to crash.”


Mashable: Instagram scores lowest on social media sexism report card. “Compiled in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, the report evaluates Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube’s policies against UltraViolet’s 11 Policy Recommendations. It then averages each platform’s scores and assigns a letter grade according to Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s grading rubric. Predictably, nobody got a gold star for their work, with Instagram emerging as the dunce of the class with an abysmal F overall. But even Reddit, the highest scoring of the lot, only walked away with a C average.”

The Verge: Updating The Verge’s background policy. “Today, The Verge is updating our public ethics policy to be clearer in our interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals. We’re doing this because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying array of communications staff who routinely push the boundaries of acceptable sourcing in an effort to deflect accountability, pass the burden of truth to the media, and generally control the narratives around the companies they work for while being annoying as hell to deal with.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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