Including...what's going on in the world of AI, and the 2023 Digital Culture Network Awards longlist.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Digital Snapshot, bringing you all the latest digital news, ideas, tips and guidance for the arts, culture, museums and heritage world.
You'll soon be able to buy a verification tick on Facebook and Instagram. Meta are hoping that by requiring an ID check they can avoid the impersonations that plagued Twitter's relaunch of Twitter Blue.
The Open Data Institute have published their 5-year strategy. There's an emphasis on working across sectors and the need to build "an open, trustworthy data ecosystem at scale."
There's been a lot happening in AI. Google's shares plummeted after its chatbot Bard got a question wrong during a promotional video and the suggestion that AI is the future of music has been a little controversial. If you subscribe to Nick Cave's newsletter, you'll know he's already made his feelings known: "Songs arise out of suffering, by which I mean they are predicated upon the complex, internal human struggle of creation and, well, as far as I know, algorithms don’t feel. Data doesn’t suffer."
Useful / bookmarkable
Do you need some inspiration and case studies? Browse the longlist for the 2023 Digital Culture Network Awards.
Culture24's latest Let's Get Real action research programme was about how we can build thriving hybrid working environments. See what they found out in a free webinar on Friday 12 May.
Ash Mann assessed the readability of the websites of some major cultural institutions. This newsletter scored a grade 8 by the Hemingway app, so well done me.
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
Not sure I've seen a BSL-friendly video on social media before, so well done Craftspace.
There's a Twitter account detailing all of the videogames which have or have not violated the Geneva Convention. Because of course there is.
The National Archives regularly have a crack at new content formats, the latest being a video series of historians answering some commonly searched questions. Read Steven Franklin's thinking behind the series on Linkedin.com.
If your mind gets turned into soup when you try and understand ChatGPT, then this article by Ted Chiang may help. He uses the analogy of the AI model being like a blurry JPEG of the internet, meaning something is lost in the reproduction.
And that’s all for this edition. If you come across any interesting or noteworthy content or have any of your own projects to share please do send it my way. Don't forget we're here to support you with training, research and consultancy, so please do get in touch. You can find all past editions of the Digital Snapshot here.
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