Global health inequalities threaten to doom millions of people to die from AIDS. While wealthy western nations talk of one day making HIV infection history, marginalised communities at risk of infection in African countries are often unable to access healthcare. Wealth and healthcare inequalities between continents, countries, and communities in those countries threaten to sustain the spread of this preventable disease. Still, the World Health Organisation ambitiously plans to make AIDS history by 2030.

Screen capture still of animated 3D street art video from the StreetArtifact.xyz Instagram feed.

Inspired by the rise in the prevalence of street art during the pandemic, the StreetArtifacts group created an interactive AR platform on which they host scans of street art using a sophisticated camera that captures a “4k color textured 3d scan” and then use “spatial web and augmented reality” technologies to realise a map linked to authentic, detailed three-dimensional renders of the artwork in each location. The result is a virtual tour of immersive street art that digitally conserves this important part of our modern cultural heritage.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has joined the open access revolution, committing to make all of its journals open access by 2027. Better still, the RSC hopes to be able to fund its journals through “institutional or funder level agreements” without demanding APCs from individual authors in a move hailed by one academic as a “big step forward in pursuing open science.”

Martin Gonzalez has animated a musical score and combined it with the original scene from the 1984 film Amadeus in which a dying Mozart dictates part of his unfinished Requiem to fellow composer Antonio Salieri. If you have any interest in music or composition at all, this change really adds a lot to the original scene.

Hampshire Constabulary, working with Student Watch volunteers and marking kits supplied by Portsmouth City Council are popping up once again at lunchtime today to offer free cycle marking pop-ups around campus.  Bring your bike to the Library between 1.30- 3.30 pm today and get it security marked and registered on the national property database.

Who, ultimately, is responsible for the integrity of the scientific literature – the enduring product of the research endeavour?  Dr David Sanders from Purdue University will argue that journals and research institutions have a vital but often neglected role to play in ensuring research outputs are reliable and honest, exploring the reasons why research integrity is so often left almost entirely up to authors and reviewers verify, and propsing solutions to the problems involved.

Face with colour spray. Signed Roo Abrook - For Arta.

There’s a surprisingly large amount of really high quality graffiti art around Southsea. Occasionally, someone in the library finds themselves passing some of it on foot in good light and without parked cars or hordes of people walking in front. …

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Are the organisers behind shadow libraries today's Robin Hoods?

Behind every great economy lurks a shadow economy offering what the regulated economy cannot and libraries are no exception. For every library buying ebooks and subscribing to ejournals and full-text databases, there is a shadow library attempting to provide the same resources for free without paying.

Seen by some as modern day Robin Hoods, could these shadow libraries be about to bring down unintended and far-reaching consequences upon us all?

You can now get an AI artist to create fantasy artwork on demand. While this is a boon for creating a huge volume of new artworks for use in the publishing industry, including the cottage industry of writing fantasy content from novellas to roleplaying adventures without having to pay steep royalties to the artists who created the art, this somewhat unexpected development (unexpected for anyone who like me thought AI was years away from emulating human creativity) means that any artist can have their distinctive art style they have spent half a lifetime creating emulated in minutes by a computer programme. Such AIs can spin off thousands of original works in the style of an existing artist they have studied. This begs the question, can and how will copyright law protect creatives from having their work emulated? As yet, the law seems able and willing but the details are still missing.