Congressional Pictorial Directory, Charles Jencks, Holland Amerika Line Passenger Lists, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 26, 2022


GPO: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available On GPO’s GOVINFO. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) makes available the Congressional Pictorial Directory: 117th Congress on GPO’s govinfo, the one-stop site to information published by the Federal Government. GPO teammates designed and produced the Pictorial Directory, which features a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details each Member’s length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Pictorial Directory also contains pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials.”

e-flux: Jencks Archive goes online. “The newly launched Jencks Foundation website is a publishing platform that makes the Jencks Archive accessible online and connects it with contemporary cultural discourse. Designed by John Morgan Studio, and edited by Eszter Steierhoffer, the website launches with two content themes, a broad selection of writing and drawings by Charles Jencks and a series of new commissions in dialogue with the archive. As the cataloguing of the archive advances and the foundation’s public programme evolves, material will be published on an ongoing basis. The catalogue of the Jencks Archive will be available online in 2023.”

DutchNews: Digitalised Holland Amerika line passenger lists reveal famous names. “Volunteers have digitalised some 150,000 handwritten passenger lists naming people who travelled on the Holland Amerika Line (HAL) between Rotterdam and the United States. The digital archive, which is kept at the Rotterdam city archive and accessible to the public, covers the period between 1900 and 1969 when millions of people made the journey and took three years to complete.”

Bogalusa Daily News: Hicks Foundation announces new digital archive. “The Robert ‘Bob’ Hicks Foundation is pleased to announce that a new digital collection of primary source materials about the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement and early Bogalusa history is now available online at the Louisiana Digital Library… The foundation will also soon release a 12-sided historical brochure, ‘Why Bogalusa Matters,’ which introduces some of the main events of the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement and offers a guide to historic Bogalusa sites for the benefit of educators and visitors to Bogalusa.”

North Carolina State University: The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past. “Bodies and Structures 2.0, which I [David Ambaras] co-direct with Kate McDonald, is a way to do multivocal spatial histories of modern East Asia and the worlds of which it has been a part. It consists of 17 individually authored modules, which examine a diverse range of topics, such as histories of disease and vaccination; narcotics trafficking; colonialism; migration; and urban life. These modules feature cutting-edge research on Japan (including Okinawa), Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Mongolia. On top of this, the site uses tags, annotations, links, and visualizations to connect and cut across the modules, giving contributors and users the opportunity to think comparatively about space, place and power.”


Fast Company: Now Neeva’s ad-free Google search alternative has a free version. “Neeva, an ad-free Google search alternative that launched last June, will finally make good on plans to charge a subscription fee for its service. But instead of immediately throwing a paywall in front of prospective users, the startup is launching a free tier.”


New-to-me, from Hackaday: Hack The Web Without A Browser. “It is a classic problem. You want data for use in your program but it is on a webpage. Some websites have an API, of course, but usually, you are on your own. You can load the whole page via HTTP and parse it. Or you can use some tools to ‘scrape’ the site. One interesting way to do this is woob — web outside of browsers. The system uses a series of backends tailored at particular sites.”


College of Charleston: Avery Research Center Receives Grant to Support Oral History Project. “The Avery Research Center will use its grant to fund the Documenting the Arc Oral History Project (DTA) to continue its mission of preserving and documenting the Black experience of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Avery’s staff recognizes the need to be actively engaged in collecting stories and records of the current civil rights movement, and Documenting the Arc is an attempt to do just that. The project has two parts: video oral histories and a community submission portal.”

BK Reader: BK Artists Tell Communities’ Stories in New Public Art Projects Seeking to Inspire. “Growing up in East New York, artist and organizer Jamel Burgess didn’t know the history of his neighborhood. Now, he’s creating an accessible multimedia digital archive complete with recorded oral histories focusing on the Black and Brown residents of the neighborhood, so that East New York’s youth know the strength they are connected to.”


Vice: Crypto .com Says ‘Incident’ Was Actually $30 Million Hack. “, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, confirmed that its users got hacked and that the hackers withdrew more than $30 million in cryptocurrency from the wallets of 483 users. The admission comes after the company initially downplayed the hack, calling it ‘an incident.'”

Bleeping Computer: WordPress plugin flaw puts users of 20,000 sites at phishing risk. “The WordPress WP HTML Mail plugin, installed in over 20,000 sites, is vulnerable to a high-severity flaw that can lead to code injection and the distribution of convincing phishing emails.”


University of Queensland: Getting high for “likes” – TikTok exposes teens to videos on cannabis. “Teenagers are being exposed to videos on social media platform TikTok that portray cannabis-use as funny and entertaining rather than risky, University of Queensland researchers have found. Lead author and PhD student Brienna Rutherford from UQ’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research said the research analysed 881 publicly available videos to determine how cannabis-related content was seen by users.” Good morning, Internet…

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