Newspaper Vocabulary, Character Chatbots, Nebraska Community Services, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 14, 2023


Hold the Front Page: Former editor creates dictionary of “lost language of newspapers”. “Neil Benson has created a glossary of both current and extinct newspaper production terms after launching an appeal on Facebook for journalists to contribute to it. The glossary features dozens of terms used throughout the newspaper industry’s history and has been widely shared since being published on his blog.”

New York Times: A.I. Is Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?. “At a new website called Character.AI, you can chat with a reasonable facsimile of almost anyone, live or dead, real or (especially) imagined.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: DHHS To Launch The IServe Nebraska Explore Benefits Tool. “The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will soon launch a new feature of the iServe Nebraska portal – Explore Benefits, an anonymous, mobile-friendly, pre-screening tool to help Nebraskans identify benefits for which they may qualify.” The tool will launch in both English and Spanish on January 27.


Purdue University: CGT Analysis Database Expanded w/ New Features. “The new version of the database captures economic flows across 160 countries and regions, 141 of which represent individual countries accounting for 99% of global output and 96% of global population. The economic flows are categorized into 65 economic sectors: 20 in agriculture and food, 25 in manufacturing and 20 in services. The latest version of GTAP reflects these flows for five reference years (2004, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2017).”

9to5 Mac: Tweetbot and other Twitter apps still broken as Elon Musk stays silent. “Tweetbot, Twitteriffic, and other popular third-party clients for Twitter are still completely broken due to issues with Twitter’s API. Despite growing complaints from Twitter users and developers alike, Elon Musk has remained silent. This is leading some people to speculate that this change is intentional and that Twitter is shutting down third-party clients altogether.”


Lifehacker: How to Back Up Your Gmails to Avoid Paying for Storage. “There are two steps to dealing with a Gmail backup. The first, of course, is downloading the messages from Google, but it doesn’t end there. Google will send you the files in .mbox format, a file format none of the apps on your computer can likely read. But, that’s okay. We’ll fix that.”


Central Tibetan Administration: CTA to Soon Begin Records Digitisation Project. “The Department of Religion and Culture, CTA, held a preliminary meeting on Digital Library Initiative today presided over by Sikyong Penpa Tsering, the incumbent Kalon of the department. Sikyong underlined the necessity of digitally archiving the prolonged preservation of important and invaluable paper-based documents of bygone ages and tabled the proposition of collaborating with major libraries in India, Nepal and Bhutan for the conservation of documents.”

The Verge: Microsoft doesn’t own the rights to Minecraft’s ending — no one does, its author claims. “There is no question who wrote the poem at the end of Minecraft, the best-selling video game of all time. Julian Gough is the one who gave the game’s unseen gods their voice, beautifully telling the player how the universe loves them — and how the player is the universe, dreaming of itself…. What we did not suspect — not till we read Gough’s new Twitter thread and an epic 10,000-word blog post that is well worth a full read — is that Microsoft may not actually own the rights to the game’s ending.”


Yale Climate Connections: Smartphone apps help rural Alaskans monitor effects of warming climate. “The project provides people in remote communities with training and tools to record coastal erosion rates, when sea ice melts, or other data of interest. Participants enter their observations in a smartphone app. It works offline and then syncs to an online database when cell service is available. Tribes can use the data they collect to better manage natural resources as the climate warms. And they can share it with others, like state or federal biologists.”

The Conversation: Disquiet in the archives: archivists make tough calls with far-reaching consequences – they deserve our support. “Buffeted by strong and competing forces, archivists are in a tough spot. Their ability to navigate a path forward, moreover, is made more difficult by non-archivists’ foggy and unrealistic expectations of what archivists actually do, and what they might do in the future.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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