Black Canadian Veterans, South Dakota Suffrage, Twitter, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 8, 2021


CBC: Stories of Black Canadian veterans the focus of new website leading up to federal apology in 2022. “Ontario historian Kathy Grant, whose Barbadian father served as a volunteer in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, has been researching Canada’s Black soldiers for years, digitizing their photographs and records and posting their stories on social media. But it was only last month that she was able to launch the website Black Canadian Veterans Stories, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada.”

South Dakota State News: State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers . “More than 3,765 women’s suffrage items from the John A. and Alice Pickler Papers are now available on the South Dakota Digital Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society. In 1991, 65 boxes of Pickler family records were donated to the State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, including photographs, political papers, business records, and more than four boxes of suffrage-related correspondence, speech notes, meeting minutes, and booklets.”


TechCrunch: Twitter will use new data from reported tweets to identify platform problems earlier. “Like most social media companies, Twitter has long relied on user reporting to flag potentially policy-violating tweets. But in its new imagining of that system those reports would provide the company with a richer picture of behavior on the platform rather than just a way to evaluate individual incidents in isolation.”

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Storyboarding Apps to Visualize Your Ideas. “The utility of a storyboarding app is not confined to the film industry anymore. Whether you are a teacher, businessman, ad maker, animator, or social media enthusiast, you can make the best out of a storyboarding app for an organized narrative. Check out the best storyboarding tools that you should use to smoothen the video production process and minimize errors.”


New York Times: A Landmark Photo Archive of Black Life in New York Comes to the Met. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem announced Tuesday that they would share ownership of the archive of James Van Der Zee, a virtuoso photographer who over a 70-year professional career produced an unrivaled chronicle of African American life in Harlem. The archive, which will be housed at the Met, comprises about 20,000 prints and 30,000 negatives.”

JamBase: Jerry Garcia Foundation Announces Jerry Garcia Archive. “The Jerry Garcia Foundation announced the launch of the Jerry Garcia Archive. The official online archive honoring the late Grateful Dead guitarist will be available on what would have been Jerry Garcia‘s 80th birthday, August 1, 2022.”

Mashable: The 7 TikTok recipes of 2021 that actually deserved the hype. “Where I was once skeptical, I am now a convert: TikTok is fantastic for people who love cooking, eating, and learning about food. There are a lot of talented cooks and creators on the app — a personal favorite is chef @sad_papi — but there are those singular dishes that transcend the platform to become global trends in and of themselves. This year, certain TikTok recipes, somehow, someway, ended up just as popular as the renegade dance. We’re talking ‘ingredients became hard to find’ popular.


CNET: Microsoft seizes multiple websites from Chinese hacking group. “Microsoft on Monday said that its digital crime unit obtained authorization from a federal court to seize multiple websites a Chinese hacking group was using to target organizations in the US and 28 other countries. The hacking group, dubbed Nickel, was using the sites to execute attacks ‘for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations,’ Microsoft said in a blog post.”

Times of Malta: Guilty of a crime? It can now be ‘forgotten’ online after three years. “People found guilty of a crime can apply to have the court judgment against them removed from the public domain after three years, according to guidelines issued by the Court Services Agency. The guidelines also state that if the judgment is appealed, the three year period starts from the date of the appeal decision.”


Mashable: How I fixed my toxic relationship with Twitter . “As a woman online who writes primarily about music and fandom, I have experienced the ire of passionate fan bases. Sadly, it comes with the job. There have been times when those criticisms can lead to real, constructive discourse. But as Twitter becomes increasingly weaponized by stans, those instances have become few and far between. After all, it’s hard to search through hundreds of instances of threats and abuse to find the people who want to give you helpful feedback. Even engaging with those tweets results in more harassment. It just became too much. And it made me too sad amid a pandemic that had already destroyed my confidence and self-worth.”

Phys .org: New website evaluates the effectiveness of science communication activities. “Scientists regularly appear in the media. They participate in science cafés, write a popular-science book or visit school classes. In that way, they want to convey their knowledge and enthusiasm to society. But do they succeed? To answer that question, a new website is launched, with a toolbox full of instruments to evaluate the effect of science communication activities.” This resource is in Research & Opinion instead of New Resources because it is currently only available in Dutch. An English version is planned.

MIT News: Machines that see the world more like humans do. “A new ‘common-sense’ ​approach to computer vision enables artificial intelligence that interprets scenes more accurately than other systems do.” Good morning, Internet…

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