Google Blog: ¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here. “Every year, for over 12 centuries, thousands of people have gone on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago trail from various parts of the world to arrive at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In a unique natural and cultural setting that amazes pilgrims with every step they take, the Camino has been and continues to be the oldest, most widely used and most famous pilgrimage route in Europe. Today the ‘¡Buen Camino! project — a virtual pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago — invites everyone to explore its most emblematic routes, the cultural, natural and architectural wonders, and the stories of the people who bring it to life.”
Manila Times: The National Museum of the Philippines launches its new website. “The new website hopes to strengthen the relationship of the museum with its communities, especially those who have limited access to our facilities brought about by closure due to health protocols or physical limitations. We intend it to be a reliable online information resource site that can serve the needs and interest of fellow government employees, and its varied audiences, locally, nationally, and globally. Some of its salient features are views to exhibitions in video format or 360 virtual tours, highlights to collections in our care, news and events, job opportunities in our museum and downloadable forms.”
Analytics India: Google Releases Wikipedia-Based Image Text (WIT) Dataset. “Google recently released a Wikipedia-Based Image Text (WIT) dataset, a large multimodal dataset created by extracting various text selections associated with an image from Wikimedia image links and articles. It was conducted by rigorous filtering to retain high-quality image-text sets. “
UCLA: The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence Welcomes Attendees From Across the Globe. “The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Department of Ethnomusicology held eight virtual panels and performances as part of “The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence” series November 2020 – May 2021…. The symposia offered a series of grand performances, captivating workshops, and enthralling presentations by scholars and artists whose work relates to Indo-Persian musical cultures that span from the Indian subcontinent to Central Asia and Iran….Many thanks to the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive for making all of the lectures and performances available in their online archive, which is found below.”
The Economist: Debrett’s goes digital. “The entire database [of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage], dating back to 1769, is now searchable: 2,000 hereditary titles, more than 700 life peers and around 150,000 assorted relatives—or, as Debrett’s calls them, ‘collateral’ (aristocrats, like accidents, cause fallout). Even including collateral, it covers little more than 0.2% of the British population.” I thought because of what it was it would be expensive, but even an independent researcher could afford it.
Bay State Banner: Black, queer and part of Boston’s history. “Inspired by the racial reckonings of 2020, The History Project, New England’s largest archives of LGBTQ materials, is working to flesh out its collection related to Black queer history. Funded by a Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant and spearheaded by Community Curator Fellow Micha Broadnax and Community Connector slandie prinston, Documenting Black Queer Boston will provide physical and digital records for the community to experience and build on.”
WWLP: New tool maps birds, fish in offshore wind areas. “While federal and state officials eagerly pursue a rapid and significant deployment of offshore wind turbines to generate cleaner power along the East Coast, scientists and advocates on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool designed to give developers, regulators and the public a better sense of the natural resources below the surface in the neighborhood of proposed wind projects.”
Google Blog: How Indonesia helped spice up the world. “Spice Up The World, a new destination on Google Arts & Culture, is a collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy and Indonesia Gastronomy Network. It features 45 immersive digital stories that dive into Indonesia’s 1,000-year history of spices and give you a taste of the delicious dishes that make up Indonesian gastronomy.”
Florida Politics: With public website live, Florida’s redistricting process kicks into gear. “‘I would say it’s going to be difficult to do a roadshow like anything you have seen in the past,’ said Rep. Tom Leek, the Ormond Beach Republican chairing the House redistricting effort. But the new website does mean more data and tools will be available to the public. The website includes baseline maps of the current districts, including how much population must be gained or lost to reach ideal population counts.”
Route Fifty: A Free Tool to Help Cities Take Full Advantage of Federal Aid. “The Covid Federal Assistance e311 site, a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, gives cities free access to a searchable database of questions and answers about the rules and regulations governing the use of federal coronavirus relief dollars. The resources are also available to county leaders, as the rules dictating use of the funds are similar for both types of governments.” The writeup makes it sound like the information is restricted, but it’s not. I was able to search the database and view questions and answers without any problem.
Nevada Today: Neon in Nevada: Preserving the glow of neon. “I’m excited to work for the University Libraries again on the Neon in Nevada Project. The team working on the project collected and processed thousands of images of neon signs across Nevada and preserved them in an interactive digital archive that is now accessible to the public. I am grateful to work on this project because I believe it’s important to showcase the neon sign jewels that exist across Nevada. The goal was to create a space where people in Nevada and elsewhere can view and interact with a vast collection of neon signs from all corners of the state in one place. The Neon in Nevada website and digital archive is a showcase of Nevada’s pride illuminated in neon, telling a vast visual and cultural history of our state.”
MIT News: How quickly do algorithms improve?. “In total, the team looked at 113 ‘algorithm families,’ sets of algorithms solving the same problem that had been highlighted as most important by computer science textbooks. For each of the 113, the team reconstructed its history, tracking each time a new algorithm was proposed for the problem and making special note of those that were more efficient. Ranging in performance and separated by decades, starting from the 1940s to now, the team found an average of eight algorithms per family, of which a couple improved its efficiency. To share this assembled database of knowledge, the team also created Algorithm-Wiki.org.”
ABC News: Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data. “Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find.”
The Advocate: Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it
The Advocate: Segregation erased generations of Black history. This Louisiana funeral home is rediscovering it. “The [Janie Bell] Williams pamphlet is one of 300 included in a new archive at Southeastern University and recreated online on [Dr. Antoinette] Harrell’s website. The archive holds funeral programs amassed over generations by a single funeral home built to serve Black residents of this rural part of the Florida Parishes east of Baton Rouge. It’s a continuation of Harrell’s years-long mission to assemble historical records in a pocket of the Deep South rich with Black history, but where racism and segregation left generations with few resources beyond oral storytelling to preserve it.”
Niagara Gazette: Niagara Falls library announces Gazette digitization. “The Niagara Falls Library has announced the completion of the digitization of the Niagara Gazette from May 1854 to February 1916. This digitization was performed by the Local History Department and funded under the Access and Innovation Grant through a member project grant from the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program (RBDB).”