Nollywood, Colorado Newspapers, The Black Elevation Map, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2022


The Cable: Chidinma Igbokweuche, Ibrahim Suleiman unveil Nollywood’s ‘first database website’. “Chidinma Igbokweuche and Ibrahim Suleiman have announced the launch of Nollydata, which they described as Nollywood’s first-ever database website.” I thought “Nollywood” was a portmanteau of “Nigeria” and “Hollywood” but apparently it’s not that clear. Anyway, it’s about the Nigerian film industry.

Vail Daily: Rebuilding the Vail Trail: With newspaper now digitized and searchable from 1965-1979, library fundraisers eyeing ’80s. “The 1980s in Vail were an exciting time, and the Vail Trail newspaper captured the entire decade in print, appearing in newspaper boxes every Friday. Currently, however, it’s much easier to re-experience the 1970s via the Vail Trail than it is the 1980s, because the 1970s has been recently digitized and is available for free.”

Triple Pundit: This Online Travel Guide Showcases Black History, Culture and Business. “The Black Elevation Map offers suggestions on how to learn more about Black culture to the next U.S. city that may be in your travel plans. Considering the timing of Black History Month, this visualization tool offers a great time suck for those interested in learning more about how Black enterprise and culture have shaped America.” Absolutely stuffed with resources. Ran a little slow for me but I’m on Linux with 40 browser tabs open, so your mileage may vary.

The Record: ‘There’s a lack of knowledge’: Wilfrid Laurier professor creates project to highlight Afro-Indigenous narratives. “During her postgraduate studies, Wilfrid Laurier professor Ciann Wilson noticed the historical impacts of the vibrant Afro-Indigenous Canadian community wasn’t recognized by most Canadians. She immediately sought to document the story of the Afro-Indigenous community in Canada through vlogs and videos. This became the Proclaiming Our Roots project, a digital archive of Afro-Indigenous people sharing their personal and familial histories.”


US Department of Education: New Updates to College Scorecard Make Tool More Useful for Students and Families With Data About College Costs, Graduation Rates, and Post-College Earnings . “Updates to the College Scorecard also include an annual refresh of the cumulative loan debt of student borrowers at both the institution-level and by field of study within each institution, as well as federal student loan repayment rates for the institution. For the first time since 2018, the Department is publishing—both in the data files and on the consumer site—institution-level earnings data, which provide an overall sense of the career outcomes for alumni of the institution.”

Associated Press: IRS to end use of facial recognition to identify taxpayers. “The IRS said Monday it will suspend the use of facial recognition technology to authenticate people who create online accounts after the practice was criticized by privacy advocates and lawmakers.”


Georgetown Voice: Smithsonian museums struggle to keep national treasure above water. “Many of the museums built on the Mall have experienced major flooding events, threatening collections stored onsite below ground level and even galleries. As a warming climate is projected to cause further sea level rise and increase the incidence of extreme weather events—major floods have doubled in the past few decades—these institutions face new collection conservation and museum sustainability challenges. The scale of the threat becomes apparent when considering the size of the 19 Smithsonian institutions and their combined collections of 155 million objects.”

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood. This is Grand Forks, British Columbia, not North Dakota. “A Grand Forks man is compiling a digital archive of North Ruckle in a bid to preserve the flood-ravaged neighbourhood’s history. Les Johnson, an accomplished videographer and active member of the Boundary Historical Society, said he started the project in the spring of 2021, roughly six months before demolition started at neighbourhood homes in the way of the North Ruckle Dike.”

Drexel Now: What It’s Like Making Your Cat Famous on TikTok. “You watch an orange tabby cat tug on a tea bag string dangling over the side of a mug, almost pulling the drink off the counter. Then you see the cat sprawled on top of the refrigerator door, unwilling to move so it can be closed. Next thing you know, the cat is knocking a wine glass over, pushing a picture frame on the wall, and trying (and failing) to climb up a window. Sometimes that’s a day in the life for Herman the cat and Patricia Kraus, his owner.”


University of Cambridge: Plotting a land grab. “A newly decoded map reveals that the famous American explorer William Clark planned the theft of 10.5 million acres of Indigenous land.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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