BBC: Zoom launches paid-for live events with OnZoom. “Video calling app Zoom has announced a system to let people pay for live ‘online experiences’. Called OnZoom, the new spin-off platform is launching in beta with live events for fitness, music and art online events.”
Indulge Express: Samsung’s annual AI forum goes online, will be streamed on YouTube. “Samsung Electronics will hold an artificial intelligence (AI) forum online next month. At this event, Samsung plans to share experts’ insights on future technologies related to human-like algorithms amid the pandemic.”
Emory University Event: Lift Every Voice 2020: Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive. “‘Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive’ is the first of three panels that will explore the history and significance of Reconstruction. Panelists will highlight the manner in which African American archives and Black print culture illuminate the African American experience and shape the stories that we tell. They will discuss such topics as the use of archival collections that shaped their research, and African American patriotism and activism.” I’m 99% sure this is both free and virtual.
New York Times: It’s Time for the Debates to Go Remote. “After the first presidential debate, it looked as if the big question looming over the next one would be whether anyone could do anything to keep President Trump from constantly interrupting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. A week later, we’re wondering if it’s possible to hold a debate without creating a biohazard.”
Johns Hopkins Events: Lunch with the Libraries – Archival Justice: Reparative Collecting with Ephemera. “Collections of ephemera—materials created to serve a time-limited purpose, which are often, therefore, cheap and disposable—offer one route to a more just archive. Fliers, brochures, pamphlets, and postcards, for example, help make visible the experiences and interests of those whose lives went unrecorded or were twisted in more permanent accounts. Technological solutions for making these kinds of materials more discoverable in libraries and archives are also on the rise—which means, they are now more available to all kinds of audiences and researchers. In this presentation, Dr. Gabrielle Dean, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts in the Sheridan Libraries, will showcase several pieces of ephemera and ephemera collections that help us see not only what has been left out of history, but also, what we can never fully recover.” This event will be presented on Zoom.
UPI: Navy’s fifth annual cybersecurity event goes online. “The second and third tracks will take place in March, but the first track — which has three phases — takes place this week and is free and open to the public. During the first phase, contestants will analyze traffic captured from maritime navigation electronics and identify the network’s sensors and devices. New members will be trained to understand the data and begin to apply their own creative solutions as they work alongside teammates.”
American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis. “This forced quantum leap into virtual visitorship intersects powerfully with young people’s preferred technologies, enabling them to participate more prolifically and publicly in museum programming than ever before. As a result, I argue, a new critical children’s museology is emerging at the forefront of virtual museological practice. As I define it, children’s museology refers to the production of museum content and programming not just for or about children, but also by and with children in ways that engage them as valued social actors and knowledge-bearers.”
Vanderbilt News: Vanderbilt University launches series on justice, healing with renowned artists and scholars. “Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host ‘Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,’ a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: A virtual Pennsylvania Farm Show without manure or milkshakes — but maybe a butter sculpture. “Manure won’t pack the same punch when the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show goes online this January. The odor’s one of the first things that visitors, particularly city dwellers and suburbanites, notice when entering the labyrinthine exhibition complex in Harrisburg, along with bleating sheep and squealing pigs, the collective din of thousands of animals from every corner of the state.”
EurekAlert: KDD 2020 showcases brighest minds in data science and AI. “The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) will hold its flagship annual conference, KDD 2020, virtually, August 23-27. The KDD conference series, started in 1989, is the world’s oldest and largest data mining conference, and is the venue where concepts such as big data, data science, predictive analytics and crowdsourcing were first introduced. Continuing this tradition, KDD 2020 will showcase leading-edge research papers in data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics and big data.”
AZ Central: Need a laugh? Phoenix improv comedy groups are streaming free shows. Here’s how to watch. “Comedians thrive off a crowd’s reactions, and improvisational comedy is nearly impossible without live audience feedback. With COVID-19 closures and safety considerations in recent months, improv groups in metro Phoenix have largely stopped hosting in-person shows. Instead, several have brought their cast members’ talents online so fans can watch from the comfort and safety of their homes.”
Bloomberg Law: Zoom Courts Will Stick Around as Virus Forces Seismic Change. “Virtual court proceedings will probably outlive the Covid-19 pandemic, as even skeptical judges and lawyers say that they’ve made depositions, oral arguments, and jury selection much more efficient. Courts forced to accelerate years of innovation into weeks may never go back to how they did business before the pandemic, according to interviews with more than 30 state and federal judges, lawyers and court staff in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The embrace of technology is a revolution for many courts that have historically resisted it.”
Arizona State University: Zócalo Public Square, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County present ‘When Women Vote’ series. “In commemoration of this year’s centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Zócalo Public Square and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will present a three-part livestreamed event that will highlight the past, present and future of women in protest, power and progress.”
The Conversation: Virtual Tour de France shows how esports has come of age during lockdown. “Elite sports events are still largely closed to the world – but July 2020 has still been an unprecedented month for the global sporting calendar thanks to the world’s first Virtual Tour de France, which – despite the name – was based nowhere in particular, as riders took part from their homes in all parts of the world. It’s historic, not just because the event brought together the world of esports cycling and the iconic and gruelling race – this was also the first time that women competed in a multistage Tour.”
The Verge: Librarians Turned Google Forms Into The Unlikely Platform For Virtual Escape Rooms. “On the day the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was supposed to unveil a superhero-themed escape room, the library had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. With no physical location to work with, librarian Sydney Krawiec started to devise an alternative: a digital escape room created in Google Forms.”