Research Journals, Samoa, Pawtucket Yearbooks, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 25, 2016


Search engine MetaBUS is launching early next month. “Academics currently spend months or even years combing through published research journals to do meta-analysis — the process of summarizing past findings in a given field — as they conduct research. The team behind metaBUS has coded nearly one million journal findings, dating back to 1980, into metaBUS in the fields of organizational psychology and human resources. Instead of manually finding, reading and summarizing journal articles, metaBUS users will be able to create field level summaries in real time by classifying metadata to achieve a never-before-seen level of research curation. MetaBUS is free for registered users and includes some data from journal articles that are currently locked behind subscription paywalls.”

Samoa is getting an archaeological and heritage database. “The archaeological and cultural history will be revisited by local archaeologists and historians from the National University Centre for Samoan studies for the purpose of documenting, conserving and preserving cultural heritage. The US government is funding the project with a 65 thousand US dollar grant announced by the US Ambassador for Samoa, Mark Gilbert.”

The Pawtucket Public Library (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) has digitized and uploaded to Flick a collection of yearbooks. “The library’s yearbook collection, dating back to 1918, was scanned and digitized onto DVDs, and librarian Tim McDuff uploaded all 123 digitized copies of the Tolman and Shea High School yearbooks to the library’s Flickr account.”


Twitter is making some changes to the way it handles character counts. “On Tuesday, Twitter said it planned to introduce a series of changes in the coming months to make it easier for people to communicate with one another on the social media service. In particular, the modifications will loosen the 140-character limit of a Twitter post, a restriction that has at times stumped and infuriated people, but that has come to define the tweet as an economical and idiosyncratic form of communication.”


Do you want a Google rep to take a look at your site? Here ya go. “Google’s John Mueller and friends do a ton of what they call ‘office hours,’ which are Google hangouts where they run through questions submitted and answer them as best as they can. Anyone who reads here knows I cover them a lot as sources of content and information to share with you all. There is a special office hours coming up where Google’s John Mueller will do a site clinic and review your web site live in front of everyone for an hour.”

Good stuff from Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Good Options for Creating End-of-Year Audio Slideshow Videos.

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Tools to Present & Share Your PDF Files Online.


A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to hacking Google and Apple e-mail accounts. “[Ryan] Collins admitted that from November 2012 until the beginning of September 2014, he engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for his victims. He sent e-mails to victims that appeared to be from Apple or Google and asked victims to provide their usernames and passwords. When the victims responded, Collins then had access to the victims’ e-mail accounts. After illegally accessing the e-mail accounts, Collins obtained personal information including nude photographs and videos. In some instances, Collins would use a software program to download the entire contents of the victims’ Apple iCloud backups.”


Hey, something on that isn’t spam: Design and Implementation of Sentiment Analysis Technique Over Twitter Data. “Sentiment analysis in a data streams is aimed to detect an author’s attitudes, emotions and opinions from text in real time. To reduce the labeling efforts needed in the data collection phase, active learning is often in applied streaming in scenarios, where a learning algorithms is allowed to select a new examples to be a manually labeled in order to improves the learner performance. Even though there is many online platforms which performed a sentiment analysis, there is no publicly available interactive online platforms for dynamic adaptive sentiment analysis, which would be able to handle changes in data streams and adapts its behavior in over time. This paper described a cloud Flows, a cloud based scientific workflows can platform, and its extensions are enabling the analysis of data streams and active learning. Moreover, by utilizing the data and workflows sharing in Cloud Flows, the labeling of examples can be distributed through crowd sourcing. The advanced features of cloud flows is demonstrated on a sentiment analysis use case, using actives learning with a linear Support Vector Machine for a learning sentiment classification models to be applied in micro blogging data streams.”

INSEAD Knowledge: the most influential CEOs on Twitter. “Digital leaders that get the most attention for themselves and their brands on social media are those who share their personal causes, express their hopes and ambitions and engage with their followers. Traditionally, leaders’ ability to influence has been based on the extent to which they harness their power and strength. Authority and the ability to guide others through hardship have historically been central to the growth of leaders from military generals to CEOs. But in today’s digital age a new kind of ‘democratic leadership’ has emerged, a process by which engagement is much more bi-directional: from top to bottom and bottom to top.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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