Falklands Biography, Iran Startups, American Ceramic Society, More: Monday Buzz, January 29, 2018


MercoPress: Falklands’ Dictionary of Biographies, from text to a new website. “The entire text of the fantastically informative Dictionary of Falklands Biography has been placed on a new website…. In addition to the original 476 biographies, six new names have been added and more are to follow. Among the newcomers are Constance Allardyce, the wife of Governor Sir William, who was a respected palaeontologist and expert on Falklands fossils (written by Dr Phil Stone).”

Financial Tribune: Visualized Database of Iranian Startups Online. “A new service has been launched named NopaHub (fledglings’ hub in Persian) which operates as an interactive visualized database of Iranian startups and accelerators. Using the service with a few clicks you can see who is who in Iran’s startup environment.”

American Ceramic Society: Introducing the Bulletin Archive Online—A complete digital library of ceramic and glass expertise dating back to 1922. “The American Ceramic Society is excited to announce that the entire library of past ACerS Bulletin issues—97 volumes, dating all the way back to 1922—is now available online in a fully searchable and downloadable Bulletin Archive Online digital database…. And with more than 8,300 technical articles, the Bulletin Archive Online is a vast resource for all things ceramic and glass, from slip casting to sanitaryware to superconductors—no matter what your interest in ceramics and glass, there’s something in the archive for you. Articles cover topics related to the science, theory, process, and manufacturing of ceramic and glass materials, which have evolved considerably throughout this rich history.” The archive requires membership in the American Ceramic Society.


TechCrunch: Hoodline is trying to fix local news deserts with a new automated news wire. “Hoodline has been attempting to bring some granularity to local and neighborhood news since it was founded as a blog about the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. Now they’re rolling out their first product that helps other news rooms get a boost by fleshing out local coverage that they lack the resources to tackle.”

Google Blog: Facilitating the discovery of public datasets. “To provide better discovery and rich content for books, movies, events, recipes, reviews and a number of other content categories with Google Search, we rely on structured data that content providers embed in their sites using vocabulary. To facilitate similar capabilities for datasets, we have recently published new guidelines to help data providers describe their datasets in a structured way, enabling Google and others to link this structured metadata with information describing locations, scientific publications, or even Knowledge Graph, facilitating data discovery for others. We hope that this metadata will help us improve the discovery and reuse of public datasets on the Web for everybody.”


Museum Hack: How A Targeted Facebook Ad Campaign Led To 6X The Facebook Page Likes For The Illinois State Museum. “Many museums already face a bit of an uphill climb when it comes to attracting and engaging new audiences. When state budget constraints closed the Illinois State Museum for nine months, museum officials knew they needed some fresh new ideas to regenerate interest in the museum once its doors were reopened.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Send Emails with Google Forms Based on User’s Answers. “With the Forms Email Notifications add-on, you can automatically send emails to anyone each time a user submits your Google Form. You can choose to notify the form owner, the form respondent, your team members or anyone else and the emails are triggered immediately after a form is submitted.”


Martinsville Bulletin: Going Digital: Grant will help Martinsville museum put fossil collection online. “A grant from the Bureau of Land Management will allow the Virginia Museum of Natural History to catalogue an important fossil collection, soon making it accessible to anyone with internet access. VMNH Assistant Curator of Paleontology Dr. Alex Hastings said that the museum recently received a $43,289 grant from the Bureau of Land Management. According to Hastings, the grant will be used to catalogue and photograph a collection of nearly 5,000 fossil specimens, many of them collected in Montana in the 1990s by Dr. John Happ.”

Los Angeles Times: YouTube changed its ad rules to appease advertisers. YouTubers say they’re the ones paying for it. “Over the last 11 years, Chris Thompson has built a career on YouTube. His personal videos about relationships, sex and LGBTQ issues won him more than 385,000 subscribers. But recent shifts by YouTube led Thompson to cast aside the platform that provided his primary source of income. This year, he’s trying to bring his audience with him to the Amazon-owned livestreaming service Twitch.”

Wired: The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google. “FIRED GOOGLE ENGINEER James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity. Now outspoken diversity advocates at Google say that they are being targeted by a small group of their coworkers in an effort to silence discussions about racial and gender diversity.”


CBC News: Canada’s privacy commissioner proposes right to change inaccurate search engine results. “Canada’s privacy commissioner thinks you should have the right to ask that inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information appearing in search engines be either amended or removed — and that under Canadian law, internet companies should have to comply.”


Quartz: Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients. “A new research paper, published Jan. 24 with 34 co-authors and not peer-reviewed, claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes like whether a patient will die in the hospital, be discharged and readmitted, and their final diagnosis. To conduct the study, Google obtained de-identified data of 216,221 adults, with more than 46 billion data points between them. The data span 11 combined years at two hospitals, University of California San Francisco Medical Center (from 2012-2016) and University of Chicago Medicine (2009-2016).” Good morning, Internet…

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