Learning Spanish, Swara Magazine, Dallas Opera, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2022


The Olive Press: Giant database for learning Spanish created by researchers at University of Granada. “THE world’s largest database for learning Spanish as a second language has been created by researchers at the University of Granada. The Granada-based team has also created a free web application called ´CEDEL2´ that responds to international research and teaching needs of Spanish.”

InPublishing: Swara Magazine now available on Exact Editions. “Swara Magazine, first published in 1959 as Wild Life, is widely considered to be the ‘voice of conservation’ in East Africa, says Exact Editions. The publication – Swara is the Kiswahili word for the impala, a large antelope of the African plains – aims to create a collaborative space for sharing information, enabling useful connections, and to stimulate better public understanding and debate.”

Dallas Morning News: Dallas Opera opens up online streaming service for all listeners. “The Dallas Opera has eliminated the subscription fee for its online streaming service… Most videos will be free, and some will be available at a low price…. Launched last April, the service provides a range of prerecorded videos, including past productions, recitals and concerts; kid-friendly shows; behind-the-scenes programs; imaginative opera videos created for online audiences and all episodes from the Dallas Opera Network, which features opera singers and instrumental musicians in digital mini-series.”


PCWorld: RIP Internet Explorer: Microsoft’s iconic browser is being killed off in June. “Believe it or not, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still lives. But not for long. If you’re one of those people who is still reliant on Internet Explorer (hi, Dad!), Microsoft has some bad news: Microsoft will officially end support for the Internet Explorer desktop application on June 15, 2022.”

Variety: TikTok Is Adding New Video-Crediting Features, Following Backlash Among Black Creators. “TikTok is finally going to let users of the short-form app properly give credit where credit is due. The Bytedance-owned app is introducing the first iteration of creator-crediting tools that will enable — and encourage — users to link back to the videos of TikTok creators and trend originators.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use TikTok: 11 Tips for Beginners. “TikTok is currently one of the world’s most popular apps. It’s filled with videos of people dancing, lip-syncing, performing stunts, and acting out comedic skits. After scrolling through just a few videos, you won’t want to stop. Whether you’re just a casual viewer or someone who’s planning to post videos yourself, you’ll need to know how to use TikTok in order to get started. These tips for beginners should help you become a TikTok expert in no time.”


William & Mary: William & Mary Libraries announces new Archive of American LGBTQ Political and Legal History. “Established in memory of William & Mary alumnus John Boswell, one of the most important scholars of LGBTQ history, the new archive will provide researchers and historians a foundational understanding of the political and legal advances and setbacks of LGBTQ Americans in the struggle for full citizenship.”

NiemanLab: Factchequeado launches to combat misinformation in Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S.. “Factchequeado, a team of five, is a service journalism project and its model is based on collaboration. It partners with English- and Spanish-language publications in the U.S. that want to republish its fact-checks and explainers. In return, Factchequeado asks that the organizations help them reach broader audiences and learn more about their news and information consumption habits by sharing its WhatsApp chatbot number.”


Bleeping Computer: DuckDuckGo browser allows Microsoft trackers due to search agreement. “The privacy-focused DuckDuckGo browser purposely allows Microsoft trackers on third-party sites due to an agreement in their syndicated search content contract between the two companies. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that prides itself on its privacy by not tracking your searches or your behavior while performing searches. Furthermore, instead of building user profiles to display interest-based advertisements, DuckDuckGo will use contextual advertisements from partners, like Ads by Microsoft.”


University of Dundee: Historical mental health research helps service users of today. “The University of Dundee is helping mental health service users to explore the experiences of asylum patients from the past as a way of improving their own wellbeing.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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