Metropolis Planet: Lincoln Museum launches web tool to learn about Gettysburg Address. “The new webpage… gives visitors an up-close look at the presidential library’s copy of the speech, explaining its history and how it differs from other copies. It also examines the meaning and impact of Lincoln’s words. Just click on key words in the speech and up pop boxes full of helpful information.”
University of Guelph: U of G Launches Multimedia Digital Archive of Rural and Northern Ontario Stories . “Collecting and sharing first-person stories about the experiences of Ontario rural residents will be the focus of a new online University of Guelph archival project. The People’s Archive of Rural Ontario (PARO) will use various digital formats to share stories of rural residents who are often under-represented in media.”
Rochester Institute of Technology: Golisano collection at RIT Archives goes digital with new interactive exhibit. “The B. Thomas Golisano collection at Rochester Institute of Technology Archives is going digital, with a new interactive online exhibit that celebrates the leader’s personal and professional legacy. The digital exhibit, called ‘Transformative Impacts: Archives of an Entrepreneur,’ introduces people to Tom Golisano and his path to becoming an entrepreneur and philanthropist.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
MakeUseOf: How to Use VoiceOver Image Descriptions With Your iPhone Photos. “Apple introduced a new feature in iOS 15 that allows users to add image descriptions to their photos that can be read by VoiceOver. VoiceOver is an important accessibility feature that allows blind and low vision users to navigate their iPhones and other Apple devices. Adding image descriptions is a great way to make images more accessible and be able to share your pictures with low vision or blind friends, family members, and colleagues.”
CNET: 8 Chromebook productivity tricks to use if you’re trying to be more efficient. “If you were only introduced to the world of Chromebooks in the past year or two, you’re not alone. Chromebook shipments skyrocketed in 2020 due to the sharp increase in remote workers and students caused by the pandemic. That didn’t slow down in 2021, either, according to the research firm Canalys. New Chromebook users and veterans alike can learn some new tricks to boost productivity in Chrome OS. Read on for eight features that make your life more efficient on a Chromebook.”
Make Tech Easier: 6 of the Best Online Summarizer Tools to Shorten Text. “Using these nifty online tools, you can copy-paste text or URLs into a box, set your parameters for just how heavily summarized you want it to be, then click a big button to get the low-down on a given article in just a few sentences. Here are our favorite tools for this purpose.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Daily Inter Lake: FVCC library acquires extraordinary Western book collection. “The Old West is back and wild as ever at the Broussard Family Library and Learning Commons at Flathead Valley Community College, thanks to a significant donation of Western literature. On Nov. 10 Whitefish resident Nick Chickering and his wife Karen presented the college with a gift of 287 rare Western Americana books — many of them written in the 1800s and some in the 1700s — about the Rocky Mountains, exploration of the West, the Northwest, the Southwest and the tribes.” The library is looking into digitizing the books. I certainly hope they do!
Business Insider: Inside the rise and fall of Clubhouse, a pandemic poster child of VC-backed hype now hobbled by ‘drama rooms,’ unhappy creators, dwindling users, and dubious advertisers. “More than any other startup, Clubhouse epitomizes the venture-capital-backed euphoria that swept the tech industry since lockdowns shut millions of people inside and pushed them online for connection, entertainment, and information. Marc Andreessen has called the app ‘the Athenian agora come to life,’ referring to the hub of democracy in ancient Greece. It has raised more than $100 million from his firm and other top VCs, garnering a $4 billion valuation. But with vaccinations rising and more people returning to normal life, Clubhouse has been hit particularly hard.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
News@Northeastern: This Data Science Engineer Helps Family Trees Grow At Ancestry.com. “When Ravalika Kurumilla, in the second year of a data science engineering master’s program, was searching for her first co-op at Northeastern, she knew what she didn’t want: a work-while-you-learn opportunity that didn’t allow co-ops to live and bond together like a family.’ With most co-ops you have to work only with the people in your department, but Ancestry has this rule that co-ops must stay together and get to know each other,’ she says of Ancestry.com, the Utah-based family tree and genetic testing company where she has been working in data analytics.”
NiemanLab: On Twitter, fossil fuel companies’ climate misinformation is subtle. “In 2015, when a colleague and I first researched what key fossil fuel trade groups were saying on Twitter about climate solutions during the landmark COP21 summit in Paris, we found they were largely promoting a narrative that the Obama administration’s climate policies lacked domestic support — despite public opinion research indicating otherwise. This time around, using the consumer insights software Brandwatch, I studied recent English-language tweets from top oil, gas and coal producers globally during COP26, as well as from the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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