Soul Newspaper, Black Scholars on Black Lives, Notre Dame Window Restoration, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 12, 2023


New York Times: Soul Told Black Musicians’ Stories. Its Archives Are Going Digital.. “The newspaper, which started in 1966 with a focus on R&B, funk and disco, shut down in 1982. But one of its founders’ grandsons is devoted to finding it a new online audience.”


California State University Channel Islands: Broome Library presents Black educators across the nation for “Black Scholars on Black Lives” virtual presentations. “The ‘Black Scholars on Black Lives’ lecture series will be held periodically throughout the year, but there will be weekly lectures throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.”


Deutsche Welle: Notre Dame windows undergo restoration in Cologne. “In April 2019, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burst into flames. Experts from Cologne Cathedral in Germany are helping restore damaged church windows. Time is short as France hopes to reopen Notre Dame next year.”

Bureau of Transportation Statistics: BTS Updates Datasets to National Transportation Atlas Database. “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released its winter 2023 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, networks, and associated infrastructure.”


Wall Street Journal: ‘De-Influencers’ Want You to Think Twice Before Buying That Mascara. “After years of influencers pushing cosmetics, clothes, personal tech and supplements to the masses, a rising cohort is taking a different tack: telling people what not to buy. They’re calling it ‘de-influencing.’ The term is being popularized in videos by people whose experience runs the gamut: disappointed consumers, savvy beauty bloggers, doctors dispelling skin-care myths and former retail employees dishing on which products they saw returned most often.”

TechCrunch: Low-code database APITable is another Airtable challenger. “APITable is competing with a handful of rising startups, like Amsterdam’s Baserow and San Francisco-based NocoDB, to provide an open source, visual solution for creating smart, sleek-looking databases. Its name suggests a focus on system interoperability. In the future, users will be able to connect the low-code tool to platforms including Zapier, Slack, Google Workspace and red-hot ChatGPT using the APITable API, says the company’s co-founder and COO Gary Li in an interview.”

LAist: Civil Rights Pioneer Myrlie Evers-Williams Has Donated Her Archival Collection To Pomona College. “Myrlie Evers-Williams, a leader of the civil rights movement, has donated her archival collection to Pomona College, where she received her degree in sociology in 1968. Evers-Williams, 89, became known nationally following the 1963 assassination of her husband, NAACP official Medgar Evers, in the driveway of their Mississippi home.”


Times Now (India): ‘Sorry, it can’t be done’, Supreme Court responds to Google’s plea. “The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea by Google seeking modification of the court’s January 19 order, and asked the tech giant to raise its objections before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).”

Virginia Mercury: Virginia House rejects mandatory livestreaming bill as localities warn of six-figure costs. “Despite numerous changes in the bill meant to protect localities that, for whatever reason, can’t figure out how to put videos online without breaking the bank, the House of Delegates rejected the proposal this week on a 47-49 vote. Most Democrats voted for it. Most Republicans, including some who had previously voted for it in committee, opposed it. That indicates the bill’s defeat may have had as much to do with its controversial patron as the idea itself.”


WIRED: The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret. “The race to build high-performance, AI-powered search engines is likely to require a dramatic rise in computing power, and with it a massive increase in the amount of energy that tech companies require and the amount of carbon they emit.”

NewsWise: UTHealth Houston study: Caregivers trust social media more than physicians with CTE questions. “Those caring for people who are at an increased risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are more likely to turn to social media for answers than physicians, according to research from UTHealth Houston.”

The Guardian: TechScape: Why Twitter ending free access to its APIs should be a ‘wake-up call’. “It’s yet another example of the perils of semi-public platforms being controlled by individuals. And an example of the impact that removing or revoking access to a relatively unrecognised backbone of the internet can have on everyday users.” Good morning, Internet…

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