National Library of Finland, National Library of Israel, Malta Film Commission, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2023


National Library of Finland: Dozens of online forums collected for the Finnish Web Archive. “Online forums and message boards have long been significant venues for special-interest discussion and debate. They have also played an important role in the emergence of Finnish online culture. The National Library of Finland has now collected 55 Finnish online forums as a part of national cultural heritage.”


Haaretz: Deal Reached With Israeli Gov’t to Protect National Library’s Independence. “Israel’s education minister and the National Library of Israel have reached an agreement on the appointment of senior library officials, ending government efforts to undermine the institution’s independence.”

Times of Malta: Film commissioner IMDB page emptied following industry backlash. “Film commissioner Johann Grech’s IMDB page was temporarily wiped of its film and TV credits following criticism from industry insiders. In their place, five articles were added to Grech’s ‘Publicity’ section, the latest of which is Times of Malta’s story on the commissioner’s ‘completely unethical’ credits.”

CNBC: Google is bringing A.I. chat to Gmail and Docs. “Google is deepening its push into generative artificial intelligence, introducing features Tuesday that will let users create text in Gmail and Docs using the company’s AI technology.”


Wired: Make ChatGPT Work for You With These Browser Extensions . “Whether you’re using ChatGPT for free or paying for ChatGPT Plus ($20 a month), the impressiveness of its text-generating capabilities aren’t really matched by its interface, which sticks largely to the basics. That’s where third-party browser extensions come in: They can help you get easier access to ChatGPT from other websites, add missing features such as a chat exporter, and suggest better prompts for getting better answers out of the AI bot.”


George Mason University: NEH grant helps Mason, partners create digital archive of Civil War graffiti. “Working with R.B. Toth Associates LLC of Oakton, this grant will use a range of digital imaging technology and work processes to capture the graffiti on the walls of Historic Blenheim and the Graffiti House at Brandy Station, and develop a metadata schema that will allow for the digitization and contextualization of the graffiti. This schema will serve as a model for future digitization projects of images on vertical surfaces.”

TechCrunch: Google introduces Open Health Stack for developers. “Google announced a new open source program called Open Health Stack for developers to build health-related apps. These tools, unveiled at the company’s ‘The Check Up’ special event this week, include a Software Developer Kit (SDK) for Android and design guidelines for health apps.”


Sky News: Disney wants Reddit and Google to reveal who leaked Marvel script. “Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania premiered last month, but not before dozens of pages of dialogue were posted online and revealed key story details. The 63-page transcript was shared as a Google Docs file on a Reddit community page dedicated to sharing and discussing leaks and rumours about Marvel films before they hit cinemas.”

Ars Technica: Botnet that knows your name and quotes your email is back with new tricks. “When Emotet has returned from previous breaks, it has brought new techniques designed to evade endpoint security products and to trick users into clicking on links or enabling dangerous macros in attached Microsoft Office documents. Last week’s resumption of activity was no different.”


MIT News: Python-based compiler achieves orders-of-magnitude speedups. “Codon compiles Python code to run more efficiently and effectively while allowing for customization and adaptation to various domains.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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