NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest. “Over 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago, almost 900 in Philadelphia, and more than 500 in New York City so far in 2020 — all up significantly from the same time last year (1,018 in Chicago, 701 in Philadelphia and 355 in New York). The surge in shootings has been particularly painful for communities of color, which have disproportionately endured the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, the economic recession and social unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.”

Philadelphia Business Journal: Visit Philadelphia launches regional database of open tourism and hospitality jobs

Philadelphia Business Journal: Visit Philadelphia launches regional database of open tourism and hospitality jobs. “Visit Philadelphia has launched an online platform centralizing open jobs in Greater Philadelphia’s tourism and hospitality industry to help people get back to work as the region navigates its Covid-19 recovery. The resource out of the tourism marketing organization features two databases, one for work opportunities at nearby hotels and the other specifically for restaurants. The page will soon expand to include jobs at museums and tourist attractions, creating a comprehensive guide for those looking for employment in the industry and streamlining the application process.”

NiemanLab: Philly news outlets are collaborating to offer new kinds of COVID-19 coverage

NiemanLab: Philly news outlets are collaborating to offer new kinds of COVID-19 coverage. “In this article, we explore the information needs of this community and other marginalized communities in the Philadelphia region. We follow [Solmaira] Valerio’s work to increase access to Spanish-language news, and how it converged with the efforts of three local journalism projects in Philadelphia: Kensington Voice, the Germantown Info Hub, and Resolve Philadelphia.”

Technical .ly Philly: Media Mobilizing Project is launching an online archive of Philly’s social justice movements

Technical. ly Philly: Media Mobilizing Project is launching an online archive of Philly’s social justice movements . “Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), a nonprofit that works to amplify voices of communities fighting for justice, equity and human rights, has launched the first stage of its digital archive of social justice movements in Philadelphia. The archive will contain more than 800 hours of footage documenting local movements, including clips from grassroots campaigns for education funding, immigrant rights and workers’ rights.”

‘Up close and personal’: Mütter Museum maps the spread of Philly’s 1918 flu epidemic (WHYY)

WHYY: ‘Up close and personal’: Mütter Museum maps the spread of Philly’s 1918 flu epidemic. “When the Mütter Museum began looking into the historic epidemic five years ago, it discovered a trove of information in archives around the city, including tens of thousands of death certificates. Part of the project was to create a public online database of all those death certificates and place them on an interactive map. Users can search by name or neighborhood to track how the flu swept the city.”

Philly Voice: Watch the first trailer for ‘Recorder’, about the Philly woman who recorded 30 years of TV news

Philly Voice: Watch the first trailer for ‘Recorder’, about the Philly woman who recorded 30 years of TV news. “Marion Stokes was an activist and a librarian, and also a Philadelphia resident, who decided to record more than 30 years of American TV news from 1979 until her death in 2012. Filmmaker Matt Wolf is telling Stokes’ compelling story in a new documentary, called ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’, which has already made its way around film festivals ahead of a theatrical release in November.”

Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects

Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects. “The site, called Philly Unsolved Murders, includes a database of unsolved murder cases featuring photos and stories or descriptions about victims. The stories and photos are submitted by the victims’ families, police said.” The site is not complete; more cases will be added over time.

Billy Penn: Philadelphia just published its $4 billion checkbook for all to see

Billy Penn: Philadelphia just published its $4 billion checkbook for all to see. “Remember the ‘missing $33 million’ that had Philly taxpayers up in arms last year? And how the figure then dropped to $23 million, then $2 million, until all but $528,000 was accounted for as of January? Next time that happens, you should be able to do some of the math yourself.”

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data

Technical .ly: Cypher Philly, a project born from a meetup, wants to unlock the power of open data. “For Cypher Philly founder Jess Mason, the copious amounts of open data produced every year by OpenDataPhilly needed another layer that could maximize their potential impact. It’s why he set out — alongside cofounder Jason Cox and about 40 volunteers — to build an application that can connect the dots between data sets meant for transparency and higher government efficiency.”

Technical .ly: Media Mobilizing Project wants to create a digital archive of its activism history

Technical. ly: Media Mobilizing Project wants to create a digital archive of its activism history. “The latest project out of activism nonprofit Media Mobilizing Project is an online repository of its digital history. With the Philadelphia Social Movement Archive, the West Philly organization looks to digitize hundreds of video tapes and establish sturdy backups of around 30 terabytes of documentation from its 13-year history, making it searchable and accessible to other groups working on similar causes.”

Penn Today: Penn brings Philadelphia’s rare manuscripts to the world

Penn Today: Penn brings Philadelphia’s rare manuscripts to the world. “‘If medieval manuscripts—which are historical documents, marks of lives well spent, and also consummate works of art—are going to reach their full potential in the 21st century, then they have to reach new audiences,’ says William Noel, director of Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The collaborative three-year project, Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis, or BiblioPhilly for short, will digitize 475 European medieval and early modern manuscripts, and additional individual pages from the collections of 15 universities and other Philadelphia-area institutions. The high-resolution images and accompanying analyses will be made available to the public, free of charge, on Penn Libraries’ OPenn database.”

The Inquirer: How the Hoagie Historian is fighting to save Philly’s beleaguered History Museum

The Inquirer: How the Hoagie Historian is fighting to save Philly’s beleaguered History Museum. “Howard [Robboy] lives in Delray Beach, Fla., now. He’s a regular at the only Philly bar within miles — the Hurricane, where on Sundays he watches Eagles games with his soft pretzels. Last week, he fired up his computer and dashed off a passionate email to Mayor Kenney: Howard’s beloved museum was shuttering, perhaps indefinitely, and someone had to stick up for it. Howard decided this job fell squarely on his 73-year-old shoulders. Besides being the place’s biggest booster, a letter from him packs a certain amount of clout. He has made a career out of chronicling our city’s ephemera. He’s published multiple papers on the history of the hoagie. Sample title: ‘The sociocultural context of an Italian American dietary item.'”

Hidden City Philadelphia: Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online

Hidden City Philadelphia: Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online. “Cycling was immensely popular in the 1890’s, and Estoclet produced what seems to be a unique set of American narrative bike routes published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The detailed routes and hand-drawn maps described and showed crossroads, geographic features, and towns in the surrounding area, as well as local gossip. This allowed readers and riders to follow along. The routes ran regularly from 1896 to 1898 as a column called ‘Trips Awheel: Where to Go and How to Get There,’ and then as part of a special travel insert, The Inquirer Roadster, sporadically for another few years. The routes for 1897 through 1898 have been transcribed and digitized by faculty and staff of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers Camden, and are now available online. “

Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage

Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage. “In recent years, the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has been on a long-term mission, collecting countless photographs and other materials for a digital library to preserve the city’s rich Greek heritage and history. But it is not just any digital library; it is a historical record being put together through public photo submissions that tells the story of more than 100 years of Greek music in Philadelphia.”

Curbed Philadelphia: New Atlas tool has everything you need to know about Philly properties

Curbed Philadelphia: New Atlas tool has everything you need to know about Philly properties. “Searching for homes and vacant lots in Philly is about to get a whole lot easier with the launch of Atlas, a new online mapping tool that pools nearly every bit of information about one property into one place…. Atlas now compiles everything one needs to know about a single address into one comprehensive database, including deed information, permits, 311 data, crime statistics, zoning appeals, and the registered community organization (RCO) that’s associated with that property. It also includes historic imagery of the site, dating as far back as 1860.”