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Search Bias, Australia Elections, New Mexico Laws, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Business Wire via AP: Pantene Launches S.H.E. – Search. Human. Equalizer. – to Shine a Light on Bias in Search (PRESS RELEASE). “S.H.E. is a search tool that shows us what a more equal world could look like by removing the bias in search. Available via Chrome extension, S.H.E. operates on the search back end by filtering results to produce less biased and more balanced results, ultimately giving the women behind some of the world’s greatest accomplishments and transformations the visibility they deserve.” I was COMPLETELY gobsmacked by this until I saw a little further down that it’s limited in what it can search. Still, though…. The Chrome extension wants really wide permissions and I can’t figure out which search engines specifically this is targeting.

Australian National University: A smarter comparison: ANU launches new smartvote tool. “In partnership with Nine publishing, The Australian National University has today launched smartvote Australia-an innovative online tool that lets Australian voters compare their views with candidates and parties during the Federal election.”

KRQE: New Mexico database of state laws, legal materials. “More and more New Mexicans are representing themselves in civil cases, but finding the required forms and state statutes is challenging. Residents would have to physically go to a courthouse and often pay for them. Now, the state has created a free online database.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Verge: A new startup helps podcasts get promoted on other podcasts. “Podcast startup RedCircle is officially launching today with a focus on helping small shows grow. Its first step is releasing a feature that assists podcasters in setting up cross-promotions with other podcasters, agreements in which two shows promote each other. It promises there’s more to come.” Reminds me of webrings! Remember those?

Yahoo Finance: Former Google executives Eric Schmidt, Diane Greene to leave board. “Google parent company Alphabet Inc said on Tuesday former Chairman and Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene will step down from the search company’s board in June. Robin Washington, chief financial officer of biotech firm Gilead Sciences Inc, will join the board.”

United Nations Development Programme: UNDP Kazakhstan launches a Telegram “GenderBot”. “Telegram bot offers access to the gender dictionary and displays gender statistics of Kazakhstan. It also includes a calendar of international and local events related to gender issues. One of the key features of the bot is the possibility to search for contact numbers of crisis centers all over Kazakhstan. Currently the bot is available in Russian and English.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Job Search Websites. “There’s one thing every job seeker can do to improve their chances of landing a job—use multiple resources in their job hunting efforts. This means posting your resume online and using social networks. However, the core of your efforts should be focused on job search websites that bring all of the world’s jobs to your desktop. To help you begin or continue your hunt for a new position or career, these are the best job search websites.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: ‘Academic vandalism’ – unique archive of the Troubles under threat. “The Conflict Archive on the Internet (Cain) website, based in Derry, has taken two decades to build up an unrivalled encyclopaedic digital record of the conflict. It includes oral histories, election results, political memorabilia, public records, bibliographies and the names and details of more than 3,600 Troubles-related killings in Northern Ireland, Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. The information is free to access and responsive to requests and queries ranging from school students, professors and former paramilitaries. But perhaps not for much longer. Ulster University, which hosts the archive’s three-strong team at its Magee campus, is threatening to pull the plug. The university says the cost, estimated at £170,000 a year, is unsustainable.”

The Florentine: Leonardo exhibitions in Florence and Tuscany. “The show Leonardo and His Books. The Universal Genius’s Library at Florence’s Museo Galileo will draw attention to Leonardo’s library. Running from June 6 to September 22, the exhibition highlights one of the less studied aspects of the Renaissance genius: that he was an avid reader and owned approximately 200 books, an extraordinary number for a fifteenth-century artist and engineer…. A digital library containing all of the books owned or consulted by Leonardo will be accessible online after the exhibition’s end.”

First Coast News: 3D mapping of historic cemetery aims to help preserve it. ” One of the oldest cemeteries in Florida is getting some T.L.C. A few months ago, a drunk driver slammed into the Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine. Now, it’s getting some high-tech preservation help.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Boing Boing: Jimmy Fallon played a video game on air, meaning that streaming your own game gets you taken down as a pirate, thanks to NBC. “NBC (and the other broadcasters) provides copies of its shows to Youtube’s Content ID filter, which is supposed to protect copyright by blocking uploads of videos that match ones in its database of claimed videos. That means that if you own the copyright to something that is aired on NBC, any subsequent attempts by you or your fans to upload your work will be blocked as copyright infringements, and could cost you your Youtube account. The latest casualty of this is the video game Beat Saber.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

South China Morning Post: Time to press ahead with archive law. “Just how tall is 4,488 metres? This is roughly half of Mount Everest in height or five of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Intriguingly, it is also the height of the documents destroyed by the Hong Kong government last year. The volume was a three-year high, according to the city’s official records agency. The figure certainly does nothing for the government’s environmental protection credentials. But for a bureaucracy overseeing a sophisticated city of 7 million people, such a volume may well be the result of vigorous control and restraints. However, the lack of legal supervision and sanctions means the public is unable to tell whether this is the case.”

Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors. “Washington State University researchers found a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data as they conducted a large-scale analysis of protein sequences. The work, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the world’s most cited microbiology journal, could have important implications for future genomic research.”

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