Fashion and Race Database, Blackfoot Artifacts, Congressional Districts, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 19, 2021


New-to-Me, from WWD: The Fashion and Race Database Wants to Correct the Mis-Education of Fashion. “Born in 2017, the result of collecting scarce and scattered materials for the Fashion and Race course [Kimberly M.] Jenkins created and was teaching at Parsons School of Design, The Fashion and Race Database culls and curates articles (scholarly and otherwise), books, profiles, images and other relevant content that deals with ‘thorny’ topics, as Jenkins notes, like ‘colorism, cultural misappropriation and where the construct of race comes from and how it impacts beauty, culture, discrimination in retail.’ Organized into six sections, the database has a library of content addressing the aforementioned matters, particularly as they pertain to fashion.”

CBC: Hundreds of Blackfoot artifacts are held in British museums. Here’s how one project bridges the gap. “In 2019, a group of researchers, Blackfoot elders and students from southern Alberta and Montana travelled to England to view Blackfoot items held in three museum collections…. Three years later, the culmination of the work undertaken is available on the Mootookakio’ssin website. The interactive website allows users to interact with historic non-sacred Blackfoot belongings that previously were only seen in museums.”

Politico: States are redrawing every congressional district in the U.S. Here is where we stand.. “Every 10 years, each state redraws its political lines. These processes take months to unfold in state capitals all around the country — and their results mold the balance of power in Congress for a decade. Our analysis uses local voting tallies and Census data to decode what these new lines mean. We’ll update this report as states approve new maps — and for up-to-the-minute redistricting news, be sure to subscribe to Weekly Score.”

Ahram Online: Egyptian Museum in Tahrir launches new website. “The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was inaugurated in 1902 to house a treasured collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, a library for rare books and a conservation centre. The museum is now under development with a new lighting system, new displays, and visitor’s services. Late last month new electronic gates were installed.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Updates Some Searches With Translated Results. “Google added documentation for what appears to be a new feature called Translated Results. Translated Results is a feature that will automatically translate and rank web pages that are in a different language than the language of the user and then publish the title and snippet in the translated language. This change does not affect all languages and is currently rolled out in only six languages.”

The Verge: Twitter stops auto-refreshing timelines so tweets won’t disappear while you’re still reading them. “Twitter has updated its platform to prevent auto-refreshing of users’ feeds that caused some tweets to ‘disappear’ while they were reading them. The platform first announced it was working on the update in September, saying ‘we know it’s a frustrating experience’ when tweets disappeared from view mid-read, and the fix is now rolling out to Twitter’s web platform.”

Vulture: Netflix Ratings Just Got a Little Less Secretive. “Netflix is making good on its promise to start disclosing viewership stats on a regular basis. Reversing years of secrecy, the streaming giant today will start releasing a weekly report revealing not only the most popular programming on the service but exactly how many viewing hours those titles accumulated around the world over the preceding seven days.”


The National (Scotland): Scottish Independence Library put out call for testing volunteers. “THE Scottish Independence Library – Leabharlann Neo-eisimeileachd na h-Alba – has issued a call for volunteers to beta test its website before the free facility goes public. Planned for a launch in the near future, the digital library is a searchable collection of resources related to Scottish independence.”


New York Intelligencer: The Defense Department May Be Getting an Office to Investigate UFOs. “Two years after lawmakers were ‘coming out of the woodwork’ to be briefed about Navy and Air Force pilots coming across unidentified aerial phenomena, a bipartisan group of senators led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand wants to formalize the process of learning about the unexplained sightings more commonly known as UFOs.”

Law and Crime: Free Speech Group Asks Appeals Court to Reject ‘Florida’s Version of the First Amendment’ and Keep Gov. DeSantis’s Social Media Law Blocked. “Supporting a lawsuit that characterized a Florida social media law as a ‘frontal assault on the First Amendment,’ a New York-based free speech group urged an appellate court on Tuesday to uphold a federal judge’s ruling blocking it.”


University of Toronto: TikTok teaching? U of T researchers study the social media platform’s use in academia. “In a bid to shine a spotlight on their research and make it more accessible, academics around the world are following in the footsteps of their students and taking to TikTok to share videos. The trend is being highlighted by a team of researchers at the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. The researchers looked at the different ways academics, educators and scholarly communities are using TikTok, the popular social media platform that specializes in short-form user-generated videos, to share knowledge – from Gothic architecture explainers to weight loss tips.”

Microsoft News: HRH The Duke of Cambridge visits Microsoft’s UK headquarters to learn about Project SEEKER as part of his work with The Royal Foundation . “The first-of-its-kind multispecies artificial intelligence model to combat the $23 billion illegal wildlife trafficking industry has been developed by Microsoft. Project SEEKER can be easily installed in luggage and cargo scanners at airports, ports, and borders, and will automatically alert enforcement agencies when it detects an illegal wildlife item. Officials can then seize the objects, which can be used as evidence in criminal proceedings against the smugglers.” Good morning, Internet…

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