Neowin: UK calls out Facebook and eBay on fake reviews through their platforms. “It’s not at all surprising to learn that fake reviews have long found refuge online, thanks in part to loose monitoring by some of the big internet companies. Today, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has urged Facebook and eBay, two of the world’s largest online brands, to purge their platforms of fake reviews.”
DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m. “UK database capturing information of drone pilots would cost an eye-watering £4m. The government database would collect the personal information of around 150.000 UK drone pilots. Apart from its very high initial price, the database would cost another £2.9m per year to maintain.”
BBC: Wales’ national broadcast archive gets £4.7m grant. “A £9m project to create a national broadcast archive is set to go ahead after securing a £4.7m lottery grant. The National Heritage Lottery money follows an initial £160,000 grant awarded last year to develop the scheme.”
The Guardian: From witchcraft to cheese theft: archive sheds light on 200 years of crime. “From the tragic case of Cecilia Samuel, found guilty of drowning her newborn baby in a ditch in Wisbech, to William Sturns, accused of stealing three cheeses, 200 years of crimes in the diocese of Ely are being catalogued for the first time.” The archives are expected to be finished in September of next year.
Elite Business: Data Commons for UK Tech is a new database dedicated to UK startups. “Currently, Data Commons for UK Tech holds information on 33,180 startups, 8,725 investors, 5,205 corporates and 231 accelerators as well as data on workspaces, service providers and universities. Moreover, the database features categories to make the search process easier, such as lists on female-led startups and potential future UK unicorns.” Looks like the information is at least partially free.
University of Glasgow: White Paper raises concerns about access to the nation’s digital past. “People are struggling to access a treasure trove of the UK’s modern digital archives due to physical, technological and legal barriers, academics have warned in a White Paper published today. The paper says that unless regulations are changed to take account of user needs in the fast-paced modern world then this priceless national digital resource could become obsolete for future generations.”
Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales. “In addressing the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales Annual Conference last week, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from nearly £1 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.”