July 11, 2020

New From the British Library: Shakespeare’s Only Surviving Playscript Now Online

From The British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog One of the most iconic literary manuscripts by one of the world’s most famous playwrights, William Shakespeare (1564–1616), can now be viewed in full online on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore does not immediately spring to mind as among Shakespeare’s masterpieces. This late 16th […]

Catherine Stihler is the New CEO at Creative Commons

From Open Knowledge: Our Chief Executive Catherine Stihler OBE has accepted a new opportunity and will soon be leaving the Open Knowledge Foundation. She goes with our very warmest wishes and we hope to continue a strong relationship with her in her new role as CEO of Creative Commons. Catherine joined the Open Knowledge Foundation […]

Report: “International Probe Launched into Facial Recognition Firm That Scrapes Images From the Internet”

From CNBC: Privacy regulators in the U.K. and Australia have announced a joint probe into Clearview AI’s “data scraping” practices. The New York-headquartered company has built a facial recognition database by taking images from social media platforms and other websites without the consent of the people featured. It is reported that Clearview has “scraped” more than 3 billion […]

UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition

From UConn Today: The UConn Library and the School of Engineering are working to develop new technology that applies machine learning to handwriting text recognition that will allow researchers to have improved access to handwritten historic documents. Handwritten documents are essential for researchers, but are often inaccessible because they are unable to be searched even […]

Roundup (July 9, 2020)

Electronic Whole Earth Catalog, a CD-ROM Version (1989) of the Publication, Now Available Online From the Internet Archive (via IA Blog) Google Scrapped Cloud Initiative in China, ‘Sensitive Markets’ (via Bloomberg) Opinion: Could This Be the Start of a New Era in Scholarly Communication? by Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director, F1000 Radio Interview: Sandra Collins, Director […]

Re-thinking Open Library’s Book Pages

From an Open Library Blog Post: We’ve redesigned our Book Pages: Before →After. Please share your feedback with us. A web page for every book… This is the mission of Open Library: a free, inclusive, online digital library catalog which helps readers find information about any book ever published. Millions of books in Open Library’s catalog have been […]

Higher Education: New Report Releases IPEDS Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees

From the National Center For Education Statistics (via E-Mail): Between 2017–18 and 2019–20, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions increased less than 1 percent for in-state and decreased approximately 1 percent for out-of-state students (after adjusting for inflation). During that same time period, tuition and required fees increased approximately 1 percent […]

Report: “Google and Amazon are Funneling Money to Conspiracy Sites, Study Says”

From Bloomberg: Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million to websites spreading misinformation about Covid-19 this year, according to a study released Wednesday. Google’s platforms will provide $19 million, or $3 out of every $4 that the misinformation sites get in ad revenue. OpenX, a smaller digital […]

59 Episodes of the Historic Public Affairs Series “Black Journal” Now Available Online via the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

From AAPB: A collection of episodes from Black Journal, the first nationally televised public affairs program produced for, about, and by Black Americans has been released by The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress. Largely unseen since they aired between 1968 and 1977, the 59 episodes have been […]

New Experiment: LC Labs Testing Speech to Text Viewer

From the LC Labs Newsletter (Posted on “The Signal” Blog): The Speech to Text Viewer is an experiment to test, document, and refine ways to increase accessibility to American Folklife Center collections using off-the-shelf transcription tools. This proof-of-concept tool shows the potential to browse, play audio, and read time-synced auto-generated transcripts of online collections from the American Folklife Center. […]