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Wednesday Late Night ResearchBuzz, February 17, 2021 – ResearchBuzz

NEW RESOURCES

KGUN: 3 African American military newspapers from Fort Huachuca digitized. “The three newspapers came out of the fort in the 1920s through the 1940s. During that period of history, three infantry divisions at Fort Huachuca were made up of black men. The 25th, 92nd and 93rd. Each had their own unique newsletter designed to keep families of those soldiers up-to-date with what they were doing.”

University of Tokyo Library System: General Library’s Digital Archives Now Available Through the Internet Archive. “The materials from the General Library now available through the Internet Archive include 4180 items from 25 collections, all of which can be used freely without prior permission. At the Internet Archive, these materials can be viewed online as well as downloaded as PDFs. Also available at the UTokyo Academic Archives Portal, these items can now be found through searches of the Internet Archive’s vast range of resources from institutions throughout the world.”

Associated Press: Famed medieval Bayeux Tapestry goes online – every thread. “The world-famous medieval Bayeux Tapestry may be off-limits to visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic, but its keepers have put a digital version online so the public can enjoy its fabled cloth from the safety of home. At nearly 70 meters (77 yards) long, users may have to be skilled at using the scroll function of their computers.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Data Center Knowledge: GitHub Sponsors Expands to Help Open Source Developers Make More Money . “GitHub Sponsors wants to make sure independent open source developers can get paid for what they do, so the project has been expanded by adding corporate patrons.”

CNET: YouTube to roll out Shorts, its TikTok rival, in the US in March. “YouTube on Wednesday said it will begin testing Shorts, a short-form video feature that aims to compete with TikTok, in the US in March. The Google-owned video platform first launched a beta version of Shorts in India in September.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Texas Tribune: How to help and get help in Texas as the winter storm causes power outages. “Millions of Texans are without power, heat and essential services during a winter storm that has led to freezing temperatures and hazardous road conditions throughout the state. City officials, local outreach teams and other organizations are providing warming shelters and support for people seeking help. Many nonprofit organizations are also asking for donations so they can help people experiencing homelessness or those who are in need of support. Here’s a list of the resources being offered in cities across the state.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Arab News: Turkey free speech advocates pin hope on new app. “Clubhouse is a San Francisco-based app that was launched last year and requires newcomers to be invited by existing users before they can join. It offers a selection of audio chat rooms that are divided by topic. Turkish citizens, in particular, have been drawn to the medium for political expression.”

The Crimson: Possible Remains of Enslaved People Found in Harvard Museum Collections. “Harvard has formed a steering committee to catalogue and develop policies around the human remains housed in the school’s museums, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in an email to affiliates on Thursday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Nature: Hundreds of ‘predatory’ journals indexed on leading scholarly database. “The widely used academic database Scopus hosts papers from more than 300 potentially ‘predatory’ journals that have questionable publishing practices, an analysis has found1. Together, these titles contributed more than 160,000 articles over three years — almost 3% of the studies indexed on Scopus during the period. Their presence on Scopus and other popular research databases raises concerns that poor-quality studies could mislead scientists and pollute the scientific literature.” Good evening, Internet…

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