Nobel Laureates, Bing Maps, Online Comics, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 23, 2019


Nature: A dataset of publication records for Nobel laureates. “Despite a long-standing interest in the careers of scientific elites across diverse disciplines, it remains difficult to collect large-scale career histories that could serve as training sets for systematic empirical and theoretical studies. Here, by combining unstructured data collected from CVs, university websites, and Wikipedia, together with the publication and citation database from Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG), we reconstructed publication histories of nearly all Nobel prize winners from the past century, through both manual curation and algorithmic disambiguation procedures.”


Bing Blog: See the Road Ahead with Traffic Camera Images on Bing Maps. “The Bing Maps Routing and Traffic Team is constantly working to make navigation and route planning easier! Hot on the heels of our previous announcement about traffic coloring, the Bing Maps team is proud to announce that we have made it possible for users to access traffic camera images along a planned driving route! You can now see traffic camera icons along a short to moderate-length route. By clicking on a traffic camera icon, you can view the latest image from the traffic camera at that location.”


MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Ways to Read Comics Online for Free. “Marvel and DC have gained a lot of new fans with their increased cinematic presence, meaning a boost to the comic book industry as a whole. Unfortunately, visiting your local comic book store can prove expensive. Single issues typically cost $3.99, with milestone issues and variants costing even more. Thankfully, you can save some money by using these sites to read comics online for free. No matter what kind of comics you’re into, you should find them on one of these sites.”


The Mandarin: Anne Twomey: National Archives ‘completely dysfunctional’ for serious scholarship. “Constitutional law professor Anne Twomey thinks the National Archives is nearly useless for serious academic and historical research, partly because it is ‘starved of funding’ and takes too long to decide whether to open old government records.”

The Northern Scot: Rare agricultural footage goes under the hammer. “A RARE collection of 22 digitised video clips showing scenes from Scotland’s rural and agricultural heritage is going up for auction in Elgin this week…. Running for 5 hours and 21 minutes, it showcases Clydesdale horse history and their role in agriculture, seed sowing 1940s-style using the fiddle, typical rural school circa 1950s, and the start of the harvest in the 1960s, among many other videos of Scottish rural life.”

Boing Boing: Google walkout organizers say they’re being retaliated against for demanding ethical standards. “Meredith Whittaker… and Claire Stapleton were two of the principal organizers of the mass googler walkouts over the company’s coverup and rewarding of sexual assault and harassment, as well as other Google employee actions over the company’s involvement in drone warfare and Chinese censorship; now, in a widely circulated letter to colleagues, they say that they have been targeted for retaliation by Google management.”


Motherboard: Report: 26 States Now Ban or Restrict Community Broadband. “A new report has found that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. Quite often the laws are directly written by the telecom sector, and in some instances ban towns and cities from building their own broadband networks—even if the local ISP refuses to provide service.”

TechCrunch: A hotspot finder app exposed 2 million Wi-Fi network passwords. “The app, downloaded by thousands of users, allowed anyone to search for Wi-Fi networks in their nearby area. The app allows the user to upload Wi-Fi network passwords from their devices to its database for others to use. But that database of more than two million network passwords, however, was left exposed and unprotected, allowing anyone to access and download the contents in bulk.”


EdTech Magazine: Digital Library Opens Avenues for Data Analysis in Academic Research. “At the HathiTrust Digital Library, there are no carrels, no tables, no card catalog and no reference desk. There’s almost nothing physical at all. This collection of nearly 17 million digitized volumes from dozens of campus libraries exists entirely online. An estimated 95 percent of those volumes were originally scanned by Google when it partnered with universities to create its Google Books project starting in 2002, says Mike Furlough, executive director of HathiTrust at the University of Michigan.”

The Guardian: My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair. “In the theatre, senior executives of Facebook had been ‘warned’ beforehand. And within minutes of stepping off stage, I was told that its press team had already lodged an official complaint. In fairness, what multi-billion dollar corporation with armies of PRs, lawyers and crisis teams, not to mention, embarrassingly, our former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, wouldn’t want to push back on the charge that it has broken democracy? Facebook’s difficulty is that it had no grounds to challenge my statement.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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