EurekAlert: One class in all languages. “Now anyone from around the world can listen live to a Nobel Prize Laureate lecture or earn credits from the most reputable universities with nothing more than internet access. However, the possible information to be gained from watching and listening online is lost if the audience cannot understand the language of the lecturer. To solve this problem, scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, presented a solution with new machine learning at the 240th meeting of the Special Interest Group of Natural Language Processing, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ SIG-NL).”
New-to-me, from Al-Fanar Media: A Social Way to Learn About Arab Culture. “The audience members were not geologists or petroleum engineers. They did not even know in advance the subjects of the talks they had come to hear. Only the names of the speakers and the event’s location were publicized beforehand. The event was organized by a group called Afikra, founded four years ago by a 32-year-old Lebanese social entrepreneur and former high school teacher, Mikey Muhanna. The purpose of Afikra is to provide a social environment in which people can learn about and discuss Arab history and culture.” This would make a great podcast! A digital archive of past lectures is available.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University has started a online video archive for its lectures. Sample lectures: “Globalising the Mediterranean’s Iron Age”, “Medicine and the Humanities from Ancient to Modern”, and “Fantastical Space and Heroic Journeys in Mesopotamian Literature”.
The Next Web: 20,000 unfairly deleted UC Berkeley lectures are now available for free. “Earlier this week, the University of California at Berkeley purged some 20,000 lectures from various academic fields from its YouTube channel following a less-than-sensible ruling from the US Department of Justice. But it seems not all content might be lost. In an effort to preserve the material, digital archive firm LBRY announced it has taken the initiative to copy all 20,000 videos and make them permanently available for free on its website.”
New-to-me, from Next Web: FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks. “FindLectures is an effort to centralize the vast quantities of free online lectures and talks into one searchable repository of knowledge. It pulls from a number of reputable sources, including Oxford University, TalksAtGoogle, TED, the Library of Congress, and more. At the time of writing, it boasts a catalog of over 25,968 lectures.”