It’s Nice That: Truthmark is a photography database aiming to stop misuse in fake news

It’s Nice That: Truthmark is a photography database aiming to stop misuse in fake news. “Photographers can upload their images to the database, while retaining copyright, along with written documentation as to the context of the photograph. This is then encrypted together with all the information as one file. Journalists and members of the public who wish to check the authenticity of images can search the database and discover the origin of the photo in more detail than most existing image banks, including the specific context of what’s portrayed.”

Google Blog: A digital exhibit to elevate Indigenous art

Google Blog: A digital exhibit to elevate Indigenous art. “In March 2020, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney opened to wide acclaim—only to close after 10 days because of COVID-19. The Biennale has since physically reopened to limited audiences, but now, through a virtual exhibit on Google Arts & Culture, people all over the world can experience it. This year’s Biennale is led by First Nations artists, and showcases work from marginalized communities around the world, under the artistic direction of the Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew. It’s titled NIRIN—meaning “edge”—a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.”

First Look: The Thing BBS (Rhizome)

Rhizome: First Look: The Thing BBS. “Founded by artist Wolfgang Staehle, The Thing made up just a few of the tens of thousands of BBSs that flourished in the years preceding the popularization of the public web, and it fostered a community that sought to experiment with cultural practices via telecommunications networks: writing and publishing, interacting with a community, performing an identity, and distributing art. Immediately preceding the rise of the public web, The Thing was an important forum where early ideas of online art were rehearsed. Despite its historical significance, much of its content has been inaccessible for years. Now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Museum’s digital art affiliate Rhizome has created a contextual archive of messages that were posted to The Thing.”

Republican American: Black-owned businesses in state get their own website

Started in January and I apparently missed it. From the Republican American: Black-owned businesses in state get their own website. “A collaborative effort by a team of 30 volunteers, the website has a directory with links to Black-owned businesses in the state and also provides marketing resources for them. Since its launch July 1, 775 businesses, covering everything from restaurants to consultants to photographers, have signed on.”

University of Washington: UW Libraries publishes new online research guides on racial justice, African American experience in Pacific Northwest

University of Washington: UW Libraries publishes new online research guides on racial justice, African American experience in Pacific Northwest. “The African American Research & Archival Collections in the Pacific Northwest Collections guide was compiled and released in June. This guide highlights archival and printed materials, photographs and moving image collections available in UW Special Collections that relate to Black communities, political groups and civil rights movements in the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries also has created a tab titled ‘Racial Justice Resources: Keeping Current.’ The guide is a starting point for students and faculty ‘seeking to better understand issues related to racial justice and racism in America.'” Yes, some of the content is university access only, but the Keeping Current page is stuffed with resources. STUFFED.

Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color

New-to-me, from Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color. “The six-year-old database, maintained by Los Angeles-based comics creator MariNaomi, features a wide range of artists and writers based everywhere from the United States to Chile and Australia. The work on display ranges from slice-of-life to fantasy to historical fiction. All of the 1400+ people listed in the database identify as people of color. It’s a testament not just to the diversity of subject matter in comics, but to the diversity of those making them.”

Unredacted: New Digital National Security Archive Collection Publishes Thousands of Declassified Nixon and Ford President’s Daily Briefs

Unredacted: New Digital National Security Archive Collection Publishes Thousands of Declassified Nixon and Ford President’s Daily Briefs. “The National Security Archive, with our partners at the scholarly publisher ProQuest, is publishing a new collection of declassified President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) from the Nixon and Ford administrations. The collection, The President’s Daily Brief: Nixon, Ford, and the CIA, 1969-1977, offers researchers an unparalleled look into daily intelligence briefings provided to the White House by the CIA from 1969 to 1977.”

The Syllabus: UNCG’s new Black Lives Matter protests archive (Winston-Salem Journal)

Winston-Salem Journal: The Syllabus: UNCG’s new Black Lives Matter protests archive. “The latest addition to UNCG’s collections is an archive of materials from area Black Lives Matter protests. The university is now seeking photos, videos, flyers, posters, protest signs, clothing and anything else from the beginning of the BLM movement in 2013 or from the recent local protests over the death of George Floyd. These items will be part of the library’s new Triad Black Lives Matter Protest Collection.”

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database. “Our campaign finance portal shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database. This is only the beginning of the tool. Candidates must file new campaign reports on a monthly basis, and we’ll keep adding them along with new insights and features for our readers.”

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM. “The online resource features photos and videos of more than 125 female STEM change-makers selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies to be IF/THEN ambassadors. The diverse group of women, who represent a range of backgrounds, will serve as role models for young women interested in the sciences and technology.”

PRNewswire: Database Of Mass Shooters Revised And Expanded (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Database Of Mass Shooters Revised And Expanded (PRESS RELEASE). “Version 2.0 of the database is being released to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which claimed 32 lives over a 24-hour period. The database now includes names and information for all 1,215 people killed in a mass shooting since 1966—the youngest was 18 months, the oldest was 98. It also includes a new firearms database of all 377 guns used in mass shootings since 1966, individually coded by when and how they were obtained. Although two-thirds were legally obtained, 30% of guns used in mass shootings came into the shooter’s possession within the month prior to being used.”

New Online Exhibition: The Jewish Home (University of Pennsylvania)

University of Pennsylvania: New Online Exhibition: The Jewish Home. “The exhibition highlights examples of the most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life: homes, houses, and households. Drawing from texts in the Penn Libraries’ collections and from around the world, the contributors interpreted Jewish domestic culture, architecture, clothing, landscape, and material evidence through the lenses of archaeological, anthropological, historical, legal, literary, and visual research.”

Derry City and Strabane: Tower Museum release new online Maritime Heritage Collections

Derry City and Strabane: Tower Museum release new online Maritime Heritage Collections. “The Tower Museum are releasing some fascinating new online collections celebrating the City and District’s rich maritime heritage. Detailed diaries from transatlantic journeys and lists of the museum’s archive collection are among the information being made public this week on the museum’s website. Bernadette Walsh, Archivist at the Tower Museum, said the archives will allow the public to explore maritime life in the city over the last 300 years.”

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem. “The first day of rehearsals for any Broadway show typically begins with a meet-and-greet, as an assortment of on- and offstage characters flood the studio. Before their names appear in the Playbill, the artists, producers, managers, marketers, and more are in a circle, ready to get to work. But exit that circle, pan out from the rehearsal room, and encounter the security attendant at the front desk of the studio.”

Sky News: National Brewery Centre Archives now available online

Sky News: National Brewery Centre Archives now available online. “The National Brewery Centre Archives feature around half a million items spanning 250 years of British brewing history. Currently, about 5,000 items of this ever-growing collection are publicly displayed at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent, while many more are now free to access on the newly launched online database.”