UK National Archives: Joint project with UAE to create new website

UK National Archives: Joint project with UAE to create new website. UAE in this case stands for United Arab Emirates. “We plan to launch a new website – the Arabian Gulf Digital Archive – with approximately 500,000 images of The National Archives’ records. These will come from a number of The National Archives’ record series and will focus on documents relevant to the UAE, mainly from Foreign Office series as well as from our Cabinet Office collections. This is the first phase of the project which will proceed with other phases as we discover more documents to be digitised and published online.”

Law Society Gazette: Blame game begins as Google Translate stands in for court interpreter

Law Society Gazette: Blame game begins as Google Translate stands in for court interpreter. “A blame game has begun over who should provide translation services after a barrister was forced to step in and download a translation app when a defendant unable to speak English was left without an interpreter at a court hearing. Mandarin-speaking Xiu Ping Yang had been accused by Redcar & Cleveland Council of food hygiene breaches related to a Chinese restaurant she ran in Eston, North Yorkshire.”

GeneaPress: Launching new FreeCEN website (PRESS RELEASE)

GeneaPress: Launching new FreeCEN website (PRESS RELEASE). “FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account. The new ‘FreeCEN2’ website (https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk) will launch on Monday 31st July 2017 with all of the records that the current website holds, but with a fresh new look and feel in-line with Free UK Genealogy and FreeREG.”

UK Web Archive Blog: The Proper Serious Work of Preserving Digital Comics

UK Web Archive Blog: The Proper Serious Work of Preserving Digital Comics. “I definitely didn’t apply for a three month placement at the British Library just to have an excuse to read comics every day. Having a number of research interests outside of my PhD topic of illustrated novels (including comics and library studies), I am always excited when I find opportunities which allow me to explore these strands a little more. So when I saw that the British Library were looking for PhD placement students to work in the area of 21st century British comics, I jumped at the chance.”

British Library: Illuminated manuscripts for polyglots

British Library: Illuminated manuscripts for polyglots. “Here at the British Library we have just completed our latest digitisation project, with over 100 manuscripts added to our website between January 2016 and July this year. The project, funded by a private donor, has focused on collection items in French and other European vernacular languages that are notable either for their illuminations or for texts of particular interest. A list of the manuscripts digitised in this project is available at online: Download French and Vernacular Illuminated project digitisation list.”

The Guardian: UK organisations could face huge fines for cyber security failures

The Guardian: UK organisations could face huge fines for cyber security failures. “British organisations could face fines of up to £17m, or 4% of global turnover, if they fail to take measures to prevent cyber-attacks that could result in major disruption to services such as transport, health or electricity networks.”

NDTV: Indian-Origin Scientist Creates Twitter Account To Track Moped Gangs

NDTV: Indian-Origin Scientist Creates Twitter Account To Track Moped Gangs. “An Indian-origin data scientist, who was a victim of a growing number of moped-riding thieves in London, has taken to social media to track the gangs operating on the streets of the British capital…. [Hira] Virdee’s fight-back comes as it emerged that moped- enabled crime has multiplied in London, with more than 16,000 moped-related crimes being logged in the past 12 months – a threefold increase on the previous year.”