Digitization ≠ Repatriation: When Digital Humanities Provides Access But Not Restitution (Sarah E. Bond)

Sarah E. Bond: Digitization ≠ Repatriation: When Digital Humanities Provides Access But Not Restitution. “This week over at Hyperallergic, I wrote about new exhibits at the British Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum which both engage with the cultural heritage of ancient and medieval Ethiopia. An examination of the Ethiopian cultural heritage held in the libraries and museums of Britain can perhaps demonstrate a seminal point about digitization and the digital humanities more broadly: Digital editions can never fully replace an analog object. No matter how many manuscripts we digitize and make available online or 3D scans we create of the Parthenon frieze, they are not a replacement for repatriation.”

Eater London: This U.K. Chef Database Wants to Address the Industry’s Gender Problem

Eater London: This U.K. Chef Database Wants to Address the Industry’s Gender Problem . “At the same time as controversy swirls around gender representation in the restaurant industry, intensifying after Core by Clare Smyth was left off the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list — despite its head chef being named the ‘best female chef in the world’ — a group of women have set up an initiative designed to highlight and empower often-marginalised professionals. This month sees the launch of Women of Food, whose first step in the autumn will be to create a free-access UK female chef database for all those looking to work with chefs — from conference organisers and festival curators to investors and media.”

New Westminster Record: UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism

New Westminster Record: UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism. “A folk singer who posted videos on YouTube insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust has been banned from using social media. A judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Alison Chabloz on Thursday to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, a year-long social media ban and community service.”

Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here (The Register)

The Register: Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here. “An audit of the Royal Free NHS Trust and Google DeepMind’s controversial app to detect kidney disease has deemed its current use of confidential data from real patients lawful – going so far as to suggest findings from other watchdogs were misplaced.”

Google Blog: The Suffragettes and the Road to Equality on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: The Suffragettes and the Road to Equality on Google Arts & Culture. “Following decades of organized campaigning led by charismatic and brilliant women from around the UK, in 1918, women of all classes, ages and professions came together in the triumph for voting rights for many women. Ten years later, this right was extended to all women over 21, giving women the vote on the same terms as men. The Road to Equality has continued over the last century, with many brave women and men campaigning on a broad range of equal rights issues. In June this year, as a wave of Processions celebrating women and their long struggle for political and social equality comes to the UK, Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with more than 20 partners to bring online archival collections, video footage, and in-depth, visual stories of those who have helped shape history.”

Coindesk: The UK Government’s Official Archive Is Testing Blockchain

Coindesk: The UK Government’s Official Archive Is Testing Blockchain. “The National Archives (TNA), the official record-keeper of the UK government, is investigating the use of blockchain for records sharing. The research project, dubbed Archangel, is being led by the University of Surrey and involves partners such as the Open Data Institute. Among other goals, the initiative will explore the extent to which blockchain can address pressing questions related to archive management.”

The National: Scotland Is Now launches Portal AR app with partners Google

The National: Scotland Is Now launches Portal AR app with partners Google. “The Portal AR app has users travel through portals on their phone screens to visit different destinations across Scotland – spanning from riding the North Coast 500 on a motorbike to discovering food and drink culture through the heritage of our whisky distilleries. As well as allowing users to virtually visit Scotland it also offers portals into how we live, work, invest and study throughout the country. Locals provide insight into what the country means to them by way of voiceovers while 360 degree videos and stills help users immerse themselves in Scottish culture.”