Harvard: Scroll through Colonial life

Harvard: Scroll through Colonial life. “n a few weeks, the Harvard Library will release a new website for its ongoing, multiyear digitization ‘Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.’ Approximately 450,000 digitized pages of all the known archival and manuscript materials in the Library relating to 17th- and 18th-century North America will be available to the public.”

Harvard: Gauging street change over time

Harvard: Gauging street change over time. “n joint work with Edward L. Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, and César A. Hidalgo and Ramesh Raskar, associate professors at the MIT Media Lab, Kominers, an associate professor in the entrepreneurial management unit at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the department of economics, and Naik, a Prize Fellow in economics, history, and politics, authored a study that uses computer vision algorithms to examine millions of Google Street View images to measure how urban areas are changing.”

Harvard: Digitization uncovers pre-WWII fossil loan

Harvard: Digitization uncovers pre-WWII fossil loan. “Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente held up a piece of ancient amber, peering at the 40-million-year-old insect inside. Preserved whole after being trapped in sap that hardened over millennia, the fierce-looking larva was a favorite: Its image adorned his computer desktop. ‘Looks like a monster, almost — full of spikes,’ Pérez-de la Fuente said. Then he added: ‘It’s going back.'”

Harvard Gazette: Thoreau’s 200th birthday brings gift for botanists

Harvard Gazette: Thoreau’s 200th birthday brings gift for botanists. “Henry David Thoreau wandered the forests and fields around his home in Concord, making the observations that brought him fame. He also collected specimens of the plants he found there, preserving about 820 for identification and study…. In honor of Thoreau’s 200th birthday, on July 12, hundreds of new images of his specimens, along with the data associated with them, will be posted online, part of a larger effort to digitize and open to the public the 5.5 million dried plant specimens in the Herbaria’s collection.”

Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes. “Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat. A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, ‘Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens’ —on Facebook in late December, according to two incoming freshmen.”

Harvard: Analyzing Accessibility of Wikipedia Projects Around the World

Harvard: Analyzing Accessibility of Wikipedia Projects Around the World . “This study, conducted by the Internet Monitor project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, analyzes the scope of government-sponsored censorship of Wikimedia sites around the world. The study finds that, as of June 2016, China was likely censoring the Chinese language Wikipedia project, and Thailand and Uzbekistan were likely interfering intermittently with specific language projects of Wikipedia as well.”

Harvard: Learning about nutrition from ‘food porn’ and online quizzes

Harvard: Learning about nutrition from ‘food porn’ and online quizzes. “Many of our social media feeds are dominated by beautiful, mouth-watering photos of food. These photos inspire some serious food envy but could they also educate and encourage healthier eating? That was the question explored by a team of researchers from the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).”