Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Which nations have cultural inferiority complexes?

How much money has each country spent, each year, on its military? - Data is Plural: “Different datasets have different answers, cover different timeframes, and use different methodologies. Miriam Barnum et al.’s Global Military Spending Dataset attempts to bring them together. By uniting “76 variables from 9 dataset collection projects,” the authors write, “we provide the most comprehensive and complete set of published datasets on military spending ever assembled.” 

Each of the variables represents one source/methodology, and each observation is a country-year. “Disagreement on the actual expenditure value for a given country-year is common, even between datasets produced by the same project,” they find. Previously: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Military Expenditure Database (DIP 2017.03.29), one of the sources.”

Which nations have cultural inferiority complexes?

Here is the link, via the wisdom of Garett Jones.  And OK, which nations have the cultural inferiority complexes?  The ones that rate themselves highly, or the converse?

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The Getty Makes Nearly 88,000 Art Images Free to Use However You Like

Open Culture: “Since the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content program back in 2013, we’ve been featuring their efforts to make their vast collection of cultural artifacts freely accessible online. They’ve released not just digitized works of art, but also a great many art history textsand art books in general

Just this week, they announced an expansion of access to their digital archive, in that they’ve made nearly 88,000 images free to download on their Open Content database under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). That means “you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.” The Getty suggests that you “add a print of your favorite Dutch still life to your gallery wall or create a shower curtain using the Irises by Van Gogh.” But if you search the open content in their archive yourself, you can surely get much more creative than that. 

The portal’s interface lets you search by creation date (with a timeline graph stretching back to the year 6000 BC), medium (from agate and alabaster to woodcut and zinc), object type (including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, of course, but also akroteria, horse trappings, and tweezers), and culture. The selection reflects the wide mandate of the Getty’s collection, which encompasses as many of the civilizations of the world as it does the eras of human history…”