Fishing Stories, Indianapolis Mayors, Lupus/Arthritis Data Sets, More: Saturday Buzz, February 24, 2018


Toledo Blade: All fish stories turn out to be keepers. “South Dakota angler Buddy Seiner has created FishStories…. as an international storehouse to preserve the voices of fishermen talking about the sport they love and the people that share the experience with them. His is the first online audio archive dedicated specifically to anglers.” I took a quick look and this is a wow. I do have concerns that there don’t appear to be transcripts available for the oral histories.

University of Indianapolis: University Of Indianapolis Unveils New Enhanced Digital Mayoral Archives. “The University of Indianapolis has unveiled a digital tool that enables students, educators and the general public to easily access information about four decades of Indianapolis civic history. As part of its efforts to connect its vast collection of resources with a broader audience, the University’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives launched ‘Digital Backpacks,’ a free interactive feature in which a user can create a folder with various items from collections amassed during the administrations of Indianapolis mayors since 1968.”

National Institutes of Health: NIH program to accelerate therapies for arthritis, lupus releases first datasets .”Datasets characterizing individual cells in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus disease tissue from the Accelerating Medicines Partnership for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (AMP RA/SLE) Phase I study are now available to the research community. Scientists from across the biomedical research community can access the AMP RA/SLE datasets to explore important research questions about these autoimmune conditions.”


Handelsblatt: German publishers cozy up to weather social media storm. “Seven of Germany’s largest publishers unveiled a new powerhouse alliance that they hope will bolster print media against the growing dominance of social media. Three of Germany’s three largest media groups — Burda, Bauer and Funke Group — have joined forces with other well-known imprints such as Axel Springer and Spiegel Publishing, behind the investigative magazine Der Spiegel, in what’s being called a ‘publishers coalition’.”

Wikimedia Blog: You can now upload 3D models to Wikimedia Commons. “Wikimedia projects are continuing to explore new dimensions, this time with a new feature that allows you to upload three dimensional (3D) models. This feature was #11 on the Community Tech Wishlist in 2015 and the Multimedia team at the Wikimedia Foundation are excited to help bring this new functionality to Wikimedia.”

Digital Trends: Samsung rescues data-saving app Opera Max, launches new version. “The app came from well-known browser developer Opera, and sought to reduce users’ data usage, compressing images and videos and blocking requests for data from unauthorized apps. Despite a loyal following and solid reviews over its lifespan, the app had been consigned to the recycling bin following a decision from Opera, citing that the app was too different from Opera’s popular browsers, and that it would be shelved as a result.”

Times Higher Education: Publisher drops plan to charge extra for old papers after outcry. “Publisher Taylor & Francis has dropped plans to charge extra for access to older research papers online, after more than 110 universities signed a letter of protest. The latest renewal of UK universities’ deal with Taylor & Francis, which was agreed in principle at the end of January but is yet to be signed, for the first time covered papers published only in the past 20 years.” It gets worse. Read the whole article.


Social Media Examiner: Twitter Engagement: How to Connect With People on Twitter. “Wondering how to increase your reach on Twitter? Want tips for building your audience and boosting engagement? To explore the Twitter algorithm and creative ways to interact with others on Twitter, I interview Andrew Pickering and Peter Gartland.” The only reason I clicked on the headline was because I saw it was from Social Media Examiner, and I knew the article would be the exact opposite of crap. And I was right! Very good read.

Ars Technica: Find out if your password has been pwned—without sending it to a server. “A new system that securely checks whether your passwords have been made public in known data breaches has been integrated into the widely used password manager, 1Password. This new tool lets customers find out if their passwords have been leaked without ever transmitting full credentials to a server.” You can also use it online without using 1Password.


Bloomberg: In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value. “Shares of the Snapchat parent company sank 6.1 percent on Thursday, wiping out $1.3 billion in market value, on the heels of a tweet on Wednesday from Kylie Jenner, who said she doesn’t open the app anymore.”


Berkeley Lab: Berkeley Lab ‘Minimalist Machine Learning’ Algorithms Analyze Images From Very Little Data . “Mathematicians at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new approach to machine learning aimed at experimental imaging data. Rather than relying on the tens or hundreds of thousands of images used by typical machine learning methods, this new approach ‘learns’ much more quickly and requires far fewer images.”

New York Times: In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over. “Bits of color were peeking out through cracks in the dark shades of ‘La Miséreuse accroupie,’ a 1902 painting by a young Pablo Picasso during his ‘Blue Period.’ That was not surprising. X-ray images taken a quarter- century ago had shown that Picasso had painted this work, known in English as ‘The Crouching Woman,’ over another artist’s landscape.” Good morning, Internet…

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