Italian Opera, National Library of New Zealand, Google, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 29, 2021


MarketScreener: Bertelsmann : Milan’s Ricordi Archive Makes Historic Magazine Collection Available Online (PRESS RELEASE). “In the course of digitizing thousands of original documents on Italian opera history, the Ricordi Archive, which belongs to Bertelsmann, is now making all of Casa Ricordi’s music and cultural magazines available online. The magazines tell the dazzling story of Milan’s cultural scene in the 19th and 20th centuries, which was strongly influenced by the Casa Ricordi publishing house over a period of some 120 years.”


Stuff New Zealand: National Library hits pause on Internet Archive deal days before deadline. “The National Library has halted plans to export 600,000 books to an overseas-based online archive after sustained criticism from authors, publishers, copyright holders and the National Party.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Drops The Deadline For Mobile-First Indexing. “On Friday, Google’s John Mueller announced Google is doing away with the deadline for sites to switch over to mobile-first indexing. Some sites just can’t move over yet and Google won’t force them by giving them a deadline that it will continue to push off.”

CNET: Google Play unveils its list of top apps and games for 2021. “Google Play announced the winners of its Best of 2021 list on Monday, with a breakdown of its best apps and games for tablets, Wear OS and Google TV.”


New York Times: Inside the ‘Misinformation’ Wars. “Journalists and academics are developing a new language for truth. The results are not always clearer.”

Law Society Gazette: Official judgment portal set to go live. “Nearly 50,000 court judgments have been set up to be posted online in the first phase of the government’s plan to create a cutting-edge free repository of legal information, the Gazette can reveal. The service, hosted by the National Archives, will go live next April when the Ministry of Justice’s contract with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) expires.”


Polygon: Roblox sues banned ‘cybermob leader’ for terrorizing the platform, its developers. “The Roblox Corporation is suing controversial Roblox content creator Benjamin Robert Simon, better known online as Ruben Sim, for leading a ‘cybermob’ that they say terrorizes the Roblox platform and its developers. Roblox lawyers filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a California court, alleging that Simon ‘commits and encourages unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users.'”

Reuters: Google makes pledges on browser cookies to appease UK regulator. “Google has pledged more restrictions on its use of data from its Chrome browser to address concerns raised by Britain’s competition regulator about its plan to ban third-party cookies that advertisers use to track consumers.”


TechRadar: Half of top websites fail to meet Google usability standards. “Many of the world’s top websites do not provide the ideal user experience (UX), both on desktop and mobile platforms, at least not by Google’s standards, a new report from Searchmetrics has found The company recently analyzed the top 100 most visible websites on and found that by Google’s benchmarks, 50% don’t deliver a good desktop page experience, while 44% fail to do the same on the mobile platform.”

Arizona State University: ASU Biocollections grant fuels digitization of millions of specimen records. “Arizona State University knows a thing or two about natural history. The ASU Natural History Collections are composed of nine different collections — ranking among the largest collections of Sonoran desert biota in the world. Thousands of specimens are tucked into trays, drawers and cupboards. And, while there will always be a need for accumulating and storing natural history specimens, digital access represents an increasingly urgent need in the world of research, education and innovation.” Good evening, Internet…

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