May 26, 2019

BBC: Mona Lisa ‘Brought to Life’ With Deepfake AI

From the BBC: The subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting has been brought to life by AI researchers. The video, achieved from a single photo, shows the model in the portrait moving her head, eyes and mouth. The latest iteration of so-called deepfake technology came out of Samsung’s AI research laboratory in […]

Research Resources: New Online Database of Court Records of Cases of Enslaved People Seeking Their Freedom

From The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently debuted an online database of more than 500 court cases in which enslaved persons had sued to gain their freedom. The Dred Scott case in 1857 is the most famous of such cases but there […]

New Report: “Data Stewardship on the Map: A Study Of Tasks and Roles in Dutch Research Institutes

From LCRDM (National Coordination Point Research Data Management): During October 2018 through March 2019, a LCRDM task group, taking into account the prevailing uncertainty about the interpretation of data stewardship, worked on providing insight in what Dutch research institutes currently demand of data stewards and also what has been implemented and developed by and for […]

Wayfinding in New Zealand: A 3-D Virtual Mapping at University of Otago’s Library Now Provided at Info Kiosks

From Otago Daily Times: University students visiting one of Dunedin’s most sprawling open plan buildings can now navigate their way around using a recently installed, 3-D, 360-degree virtual tour kiosk. More than a year in the making and using more than 1000 panoramic shots stitched seamlessly together, two of the “way-finding” mobile kiosks have just […]

Social Media: Men Appear Twice as Often as Women in News Photos on Facebook (New Report From Pew Research)

From Pew Research: A new study of the images accompanying news stories posted publicly on Facebook by prominent American news media outlets finds that men appear twice as often as women do in news images, with a majority of photos showing exclusively men. The Pew Research Center analysis used machine vision to examine the representation of women […]

Video: Data Discovery in PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed

From the National Library of Medicine: Over the last two years, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been exploring efficient ways to link the literature with associated datasets. The nine-minute video Data Discovery in PMC and PubMed looks at the outcomes of those explorations thus far. Topics covered include identifying the sources of datasets and data […]

New U.S. Population Estimates: The Fastest-Growing Cities Primarily in the South and West; Phoenix Tops List

From the U.S. Census: The South and West continue to have the fastest-growing cities in the United States, according to new population estimates for cities and towns released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Among the 15 cities or towns with the largest numeric gains between 2017 and 2018, eight were in the South, six were […]

A New White Paper From Sage Publishing: “The Latest Thinking About Metrics for Research Impact in the Social Sciences”

From SAGE Publishing: While measurement of science impact has traditionally been synonymous with citation counts in academic journals, such counts fail to capture the influence that research can have on policy, practice, and the public. While the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) are uniquely positioned to make this impact and thus benefit society, their true […]

Roundup (May 23, 2019)

Google Introduces A New Look For Mobile Search (via Media Post) How Does Facebook Measure Fake Accounts? & Measuring Prevalence of Violating Content on Facebook (via Facebook Newsroom) Library of Virginia Needs Money to Speed Production Of Governors’ Records (via Virginia Mercury) University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO): What’s New, May 2019

Research Tools: German Holocaust Archive Puts More Than 13 Million Documents Online

From the Los Angeles Times: Sixteen women at the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp were forced by the SS guards to work as prostitutes for 86 other inmates on the night of Aug. 7, 1943. Stahlheber, Zange, Rathmann, Fischer, Kolbusch and Zimmermann — the last names of some of the women — embodied a painful story […]