National Museum of African American History, Irish Catholic Clergy, Wikipedia, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 19, 2021


Washington Post: Smithsonian African American museum launches online interactive access. “The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched a sophisticated digital platform Thursday that brings a trove of interactive stories, images and video about the Black experience out of the museum and onto the Internet. Called the Searchable Museum, it is designed to present the treasures of the five-year-old landmark on the National Mall in Washington to a broader audience, said museum director Kevin Young. The museum, which opened to the public on Sept. 24, 2016, has 40,000 artifacts.”

Irish Genealogy News: New digital archive and database of Irish Catholic clergy launches. “A new digital archive and database of the Irish clerical population from medieval to modern times has been launched out of Maynooth University’s Arts and Humanities Institute…. The first phase of the Clericus project focussed on students and faculty of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, historically Ireland’s largest seminary and pontifical university. The principal sources were 124 student class portraits and student lists dating from the second half of the 19th century to 2018.”


Diff Wikimedia Blog: Content translation tool helps create one million Wikipedia articles. “The Content Translation tool, which was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation Language team in 2014 to simplify translating Wikipedia articles,recently reached a massive milestone of supporting the creation of one million articles.”


THE Journal: Free K–12 Resources to Help with Remote and Blended Learning in 2022. “While hundreds of education companies, nonprofits and other organizations made their software and services free during the immediate switch to remote learning, many have become more thoughtful about how they help educators master online and blended instruction. We’ve winnowed through our previous collection and sprinkled additions throughout, to bring you this updated set of free resources to help with online, hybrid and face-to-face in 2022.”


Axios: Scoop: Microsoft, Uber leaving Internet Association. “Microsoft and Uber are leaving the Internet Association (IA), a trade group that lobbies on behalf of internet companies and the tech industry, Axios has confirmed. Why it matters: Losing Microsoft and Uber, two major members, is a blow for the group. The association has seen steadily waning influence in D.C. in recent years, partly because it does not work on the competition and antitrust issues that beset the industry right now.”


The Verge: Robinhood says hackers also got thousands of phone numbers. “Earlier this month, Robinhood reported that an employee falling victim to a social engineering attack led to hackers obtaining 5 million customers’ emails, and 2 million customers’ names. Additionally, around 300 customers had more details like zip codes and dates of birth stolen, while 10 customers had ‘more extensive account details revealed.’ Phone numbers weren’t mentioned in the company’s original post.”

Slightly outside my lane, including anyway from Good E-Reader: The US is investigating the terms ebook distributors charge libraries. “Two US representatives have written letters to aggregators that distribute and sell digital content to libraries. They want to know all about the standard ebook licensing agreements for every major publisher they work with, including Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.”


Panorama: Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History. “The use of digital technologies in the humanistic disciplines—including art history—has largely lagged behind the rest of academia. This slow uptake of digital and quantitative approaches has limited the range of methods available to art historians, cutting off many potentially productive avenues of research. ‘Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History,’ a joint project funded through a generous grant by the Terra Foundation for American Art and administered by Panorama: The Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, seeks to fill this theoretical and methodological lacuna.”

Slate: Google Needs to Defund Misinformation. “This content moderation problem is not unique to Facebook; it plagues all the large social media platforms. However, at least with misinformation, the recent focus on content moderation is distracting us from something important: In addition to detecting misinformation on social media, A.I. can be a tool for defunding misinformation so it doesn’t spread on social media in the first place. But it’s not being used for this second purpose nearly as effectively as it could be.”

Bethel University: Research Team Probes History with Cutting-Edge Tech . “Building off of ideas sparked in Bethel’s Advanced Digital Humanities course, Zach Haala ’23 and Associate Professor of History Charlie Goldberg are conducting a research project to use artificial intelligence to probe historical archives for patterns. They are one of the student-faculty research teams to receive a 2021-22 Edgren Scholarship.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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