The Fanscene Project, Women Artists, The Open Web Search Initiative, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 28, 2022


downthetubes: British comic fanzines archive “The Fanscene Project” has a new online home. “Founded back in 2015 as the Classic UK Comic Zines site, artist and comic archivist David Hathaway-Price has been constantly adding to what is now The Fanscene Project… the project is an online, read-only archive of British comic fanzines, published across the last 50 years, including, with the permission of their original editors, titles such as BEM, Comic Media News, Fantasy Trader, Infinity, Speakeasy, and many more.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian American Art Museum Publishes Online 10 Comics Featuring Trailblazing Women Artists. “The Smithsonian American Art Museum has published online a second set of 10 short comics each celebrating a woman artist with artwork represented in the museum’s permanent collection…. Inspired by graphic novels and web comics, these short takes on artists’ lives were drawn by 10 student-illustrators from the Ringling College of Art and Design.”

Spotted in about four different places at once: the new EU initiative Open Web Search. “14 renowned European research and computing centers have joined forces to develop an open European infrastructure for web search. The project will be contributing to Europe’s digital sovereignty as well as promoting an open human-centered search engine market.” Sounds good to me!


The Clare Herald: Clare invite to Dublin Festival of History online. “Now in its eighth year, the festival will take place largely online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but will still play host to an international and domestic line up of speakers and panels. The festival will shine a light and fresh perspective on topics such as the construction of the notion of race, Ireland’s last great pandemic and the history of Ireland’s partition.” Events are free but registration is required.


Wall Street Journal: National Archives to Report on Whether More Trump Files Are Missing. “The National Archives faces a Tuesday deadline to update a congressional committee on a key question: Are there still documents from the Trump White House that are unaccounted for?”

CNBC: Trump-linked SPAC changes address to UPS Store as investors pull more than $130 million. “Digital World Acquisition Corp., the blank-check company looking to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, has changed its listed address to a UPS Store in Miami. The change from a Miami office building to a UPS address came with DWAC’s regulatory filing on Friday disclosing that some investors pulled out tens of millions of dollars.”

9to5Google: Some Google Photos users finding that old images have been ‘corrupted’ [Updated]. “In recent days, Google Photos users scrolling back several years through their library have found pictures that can be best described as ‘corrupted.’ Update 9/26: Google shared the following this afternoon: ‘We’re aware of the issue and are rolling out a fix. The original photos are not impacted.'”


The Register: Girls Who Code book series banned in some US classrooms . “The Girls Who Code series is a mashup of The Babysitters Club and Computer Science 101. A group of four or five (depending which book in the series you are on) diverse tween girls navigate friendship, life, coding and hackathons while the authors drop some code fragments into the storyline. It’s the type of stuff parents buy their kids in hopes of making IT seem cool. But apparently not everyone found it aspirational.”

NPR: Google celebrates NASA’s DART mission with a new search gimmick. “Tech giant Google took it upon itself to launch its own type of celebration following NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission successfully crashing into an asteroid on Monday evening.”


NBC News: TikTok could face a $29 million fine in the U.K. for failing to protect kids’ privacy . “The Information Commissioner’s Office issued TikTok a ‘notice of intent’ informing the Chinese-owned video app of its ‘provisional view that TikTok breached UK data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020.’ It follows an investigation into the company that began in 2019.”

Reuters: Google’s India policy head Gulati resigns – sources. “Google’s head of public policy for India has resigned just five months after taking the job, two sources told Reuters, at a potentially critical time for the U.S. tech giant as it awaits the outcome of at least two antitrust cases in the country. The reasons for Archana Gulati’s resignation were not immediately clear.”


Ars Technica: AI model from OpenAI automatically recognizes speech and translates it to English. “On Wednesday, OpenAI released a new open source AI model called Whisper that recognizes and translates audio at a level that approaches human recognition ability. It can transcribe interviews, podcasts, conversations, and more.” Good morning, Internet…

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