Towards Data Science: Explore a database of the most popular “Florida Man” headlines. “For almost a decade, ‘Florida Man’ has been a mainstay antihero of internet culture. Headlines like ‘Florida man too fat for jail’ and ‘Florida man steals dinosaur bones’ are easy fodder for meme-ification. In early 2013, ‘Florida Man’ was canonized on Twitter with @_FloridaMan and on Reddit with the r/FloridaMan subreddit. And after seven years of retweeting and upvoting, we can gather the most popular headlines to see what makes a ‘Florida Man’ headline successful.”
Another December one I missed, from Florida Museum: Mission accessible: Florida’s historic Spanish missions go digital. “Researchers, educators, students and the curious can explore the history of Florida’s Spanish missions via a new online database….the Comparative Mission Archaeology Portal includes digitized artifacts, image galleries, personal narratives and details of excavation sites.”
WUFT: Important Floridian Artifacts Collection Receives Almost $100,000 For Upgrades. “The Florida Museum of Natural History has received almost $100,000 to upgrade over 20,000 artifacts from excavations of the Franciscan mission site of San Juan Del Puerto.”
Florida Memory has launched a new collection of citrus fruit crate labels. From the collection page: “Most of the labels in this collection advertise citrus fruits, but corn, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, avocados and other fruits and vegetables are also represented. The labels range in size from the standard 9-inch square label that was placed at the indented end of a wooden shipping crate, to the 6-inch square and 3-by-9-inch labels that were used for half boxes and gift boxes.” There are over 600 labels in the collection. If you’re interested in advertising / graphic design, take a glance.
From the State Library of Florida’s Facebook Page: “Our State Publications section has just completed scanning and uploading the full run of the magazines Florida Heritage (published 1993-1999) and Florida History & the Arts (published 2000-2007).”
Sunshine State Digital Network: SSDN Welcomes Florida Memory. “Florida’s Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) is pleased to announce that more than 62,000 new records from Florida Memory are now discoverable through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Florida Memory is a digital outreach program of the State Library and Archives of Florida, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services. With this new content, SSDN has now contributed more than 148,000 records to DPLA. This expands the network of people, communities, and stories that we represent and can share with you, our community.”
News-Press: Relive old Florida through FGCU’s oral histories digital collection. “Oral histories have long been a trove of fascinating information for historians and researchers, but accessing those histories can be difficult. Many oral narratives are collected by small local museums or community organizations, and they’re often recorded on cassette tapes. This means the oral narratives are only available to those who are willing to make the trek to listen in person. But [Florida Gulf Coast University] has been collecting these histories and digitizing them, turning the oral narratives into online files that are accessible to the public.”