Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, PBS US History Collection, Giant Bible of Mainz, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 30, 2022


Northeastern University School of Law: 1,000 Racial Homicides Investigated in Unprecedented Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive. “The Archive brings together evidence demonstrating the extensive scale and scope of killings between 1930 and 1954 in the Jim Crow South. Many of the 1,000 cases of anti-Black killings were mishandled by local police and prosecutors or went unreported until investigated by Northeastern students in law and journalism and their faculty. Built on open-source architecture, the Archive offers users the opportunity to learn about how violence affected people’s lives, defined legal rights and shaped politics during the Jim Crow era.”

Current: GBH launches U.S. History Collection as resource for educators. “GBH in Boston is rolling out a new collection of free-to-use digital multimedia resources to help middle and high school educators teach American history. The U.S. History Collection, accessible through PBS LearningMedia, spans pre-colonial history to the present and draws on public television’s extensive archive of documentaries.”

Library of Congress: The Giant Bible of Mainz Digitized by the Library of Congress
. “The Giant Bible of Mainz, one of the last handwritten giant bibles in Europe, has now been digitized by the Library of Congress, ensuring online access to an important national treasure from the 15th century…. The Giant Bible is famous for having been copied by a single scribe, who precisely dated his progress between April 4, 1452, and July 9, 1453. These dates are remarkable because they place the creation of this manuscript bible in proximity to the first printed bible crafted in Europe, the Gutenberg Bible.


Archaeological Institute of America: Tweetathons Are Back For 2022!. “The popular International Archaeology Day Tweetathons that started as a pandemic innovation will be back again for the third year in a row. We’ll have a full set of Tweethaon instructions, sample tweets, and more like we did in 2020 and 2021 soon, but so that everyone can start planning, here is a list of hashtags and dates!” The tweetathon starts Monday, October 3rd, and continues for most of the next two weeks.


TechCrunch: Here are all of the new features and updates coming to Google Maps. “The company says all of the features announced today are part of its efforts to build a visual-first Maps experience to help users navigate the world more naturally.”

The Verge: Google is trying to reinvent search — by being more than a search engine. “Google now exists on a more visual, more interactive internet, in which users want to be surprised and delighted as often as they just want an answer to their questions. In that world, what is a search engine even for? The Google you see tomorrow might not be completely different, but the change is already starting.”

ReviewGeek: You Can Now Find Songs on Deezer Just by Humming. “Music streaming platform Deezer just made it a lot easier to find songs you don’t know the name of. In a blog post, the company announced its in-app song detector, SongCatcher, can now identify tunes hummed, whistled, or sung by the user.”


WIRED: How to Back Up Your Digital Life. “If the perfect backup existed, then sure, three would be overkill, but there is no perfect backup. Things go wrong with backups too. You need to hedge your bets. At the very least, you should have two backups, one local and one remote. For most people, this strikes the best balance between safety, cost, and effort.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best All-In-One Messaging Platforms to Simplify Your Messaging. “With all the messaging apps available, it’s often hard to keep track of whose messaging you and where. All-in-one messaging platforms offer a solution to this modern-day problem. These platforms allow you to organize various messaging apps in one place, allowing you to say goodbye to the days of juggling multiple apps to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers.”


Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future. “While Nintendo, the games’ publisher, hasn’t worked to make older Pokémon games accessible on modern hardware—or affordable on older gear—a certain demographic of dedicated fans has taken it upon themselves to not just preserve legacy Pokémon titles but to actively improve them. These volunteer ROM hackers and preservationists work to keep the passions of an aging generation of Pokémon masters alive, all while fighting occasionally brutal legal crackdowns from Nintendo.”


ITV: Bruce Willis becomes first Hollywood actor to sell image rights to artificial intelligence company. “The deal means the firm, Deepcake, can now use both his moving and talking image within films and TV productions. It comes after the 67-year-old announced his retirement from acting in March, after being diagnosed with aphasia, which affects a person’s speech and language.”


Center for European Policy Analysis: The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it. “The Open Internet turned out to be an illusion. Tech giants created a commercial space, not a public commons, more like a shopping mall than a public park. In this ‘space,’ the public discourse is owned by corporations accountable to a different set of interests than democratically elected governments. In countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Ethiopia, social media has had bad, and in some cases, tragic side effects.” Good morning, Internet…

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