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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

'Be Prepared' for Emails: Examining the Council of State Archivists' New Report
by Kurt Brenneman
For state and territorial archives that preserve or want to preserve emails, the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) comes to the rescue with "Be Prepared: Managing and Preserving Email in State and Territorial Governments," published in March 2023. This report, packed with useful information, emphasizes two guiding principles for the preservation of state and territorial emails with historical value—centralized governance and "no signal loss" (i.e., containing all email content, including subject lines, text, and attachments)—and describes the foundation for an email preservation program.

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Exact Editions Showcases Free Previews of Orwell Prize Finalists
Exact Editions has made the 17 books shortlisted for the 2023 Orwell Prizes for Political Fiction and for Political Writing available as fully searchable digital previews on its platform.
System, Inc. Rolls Out AI-Powered Search Engine for Health and Life Science Researchers
System, Inc. launched System Pro, "a new AI-powered search engine designed to be the most trustworthy, transparent way for researchers and doctors to quickly find, synthesize, and contextualize scientific literature."
Business Insider Examines the End of the Metaverse
Ed Zitron, CEO of EZPR, writes the following in "RIP Metaverse" for Business Insider: "The Metaverse, the once-buzzy technology that promised to allow users to hang out awkwardly in a disorientating video-game-like world, has died after being abandoned by the business world. It was three years old."
The Verge Looks at Google's New Magic Editor for Images
Emma Roth writes the following in "Google's New Magic Editor Pushes Us Toward AI-Perfected Fakery" for The Verge: "One of the most impressive demos at Google I/O [held May 10] started with a photo of a woman in front of a waterfall."
Boston Public Transit Partners With the Library to Distribute Digital Titles to Commuters
Nik DeCosta-Klipa reports for WBUR that "Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's office is working to ... open up the Boston Public Library's deep digital archive of books, newspapers and magazines to MBTA bus riders—no library cards required."

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We Are Not Safe From Mass Shootings … But We Could Be
by Alison A. Trotta
I was in high school when Columbine happened. At the time, everything about it felt surreal, unsettling. Growing up in an area that was considered safe, it seemed unfathomable that something like that could happen. Surely, it would never happen at my high school. Surely, it was an impossible thing. Still, I remember the unease, walking those halls, the whisper of worry in the eyes of my classmates. My mother's more emphatic "be careful." Then, it was an anomaly. Now, it is commonplace.

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