Public Opinion Polls, Car Seats, Scandinavia Literature, More: Monday Evening Buzz, November 5, 2018


Thanks to Paul P. for this heads-up from Ontario Council of University Libraries: Ontario University Libraries openly release over seven decades of historical public opinion polls and guide. “In advancement of library open access and collaborative stewardship of digital data in Canada, Ontario university libraries are pleased to announce the release of over seven decades of important public opinion data to the broader academic community and the public.”

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles . “With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country.”

EurekAlert: New open access database for medieval literature . “Norse World is a new database which will make it easier for researchers to study perceptions of the surrounding world in Medieval Scandinavian literature. The new tool is a digital resource aimed at researchers in fields such as language history and philology, comparative literature, manuscript studies and digital humanities. It will be freely available to both researchers and the public.”


Digital NC: More additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection Now Online at DigitalNC. “More additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection, provided by our partner, the Durham County Library, are now online at DigitalNC. This collection of funeral programs and obituaries of African American residents of Durham was compiled by R. Kelly Bryant (1917-2015), a historian with an extensive knowledge of Durham, North Carolina.”

CNET: YouTube’s Super Chat hijacked for hate speech. “It may’ve been designed to let people playfully pelt YouTube celebs with water balloons, but it looks like YouTube’s live Super Chat feature is now being used to spread hate speech.”


Northeastern University: Think You’re Getting Your Message Out On Twitter? This App Lets You Find Out For Sure.. “A new tool from Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research can identify Twitter users who are honing their ideas into tweets others want to share. The app boils an account down to a single number, called the Q-factor, to separate out users who are truly influential from those who are merely popular.”


ProPublica: How Big Oil Dodges Facebook’s New Ad Transparency Rules. “A Facebook ad in October urged political conservatives to support the Trump administration’s rollback of fuel emission standards, which it hailed as ‘our president’s car freedom agenda” and ‘plan for safer, cheaper cars that WE get to choose.’ The ad came from a Facebook page called Energy4US, and it included a disclaimer, required by Facebook, saying it was ‘paid for by Energy4US.’ Yet there is no such company or organization as Energy4US, nor is it any entity’s registered trade name, according to a search of LexisNexis and other databases. ”

San Diego State University: A Glimpse Into the Long-ago . “Visitors to New York, London, Athens and other cities often flock to museums to view their collections of priceless Greek pottery dating from the BCE period. What visitors don’t see are the many other pottery fragments that lie, broken and forlorn, in the museums’ storerooms. Some of these fragments are the work of unscrupulous art dealers, who deliberately shattered small vases and urns and used the sherds to repair larger, more valuable pieces. Danielle Smotherman Bennett has ambitions to bring those pottery shards into the light with a digital archive that would eventually contain tens of thousands of 3-D models of sherds from museums around the world.”


Slate: Humans Are Getting More Botlike on Twitter. “We know for sure that Cesar Sayoc, who allegedly targeted high-profile Democrats with mail bombs in late October, isn’t a Russian bot. His mugshot proves that he’s a flesh-and-blood Florida human rather than a computer program. But if you had read the postings from his now-suspended Twitter account, it wasn’t so easy to tell. You might have concluded that Sayoc was, in fact, a robot. And that’s a problem.”

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: New Report Says ‘Citizen Science’ Can Support Both Science Learning and Research Goals; Inequities in Education, Opportunities, and Resources Must be Addressed to Meet Participants’ Learning Demands . “Scientific research that involves nonscientists contributing to research processes – also known as ‘citizen science’ – supports participants’ learning, engages the public in science, contributes to community scientific literacy, and can serve as a valuable tool to facilitate larger scale research, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. If one of the goals of a citizen science project is to advance learning, designers should plan for it by defining intended learning outcomes and using evidence-based strategies to reach those outcomes.” Good evening, Internet…

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