Interactive Storytelling, Drug Diversion, Hawaii Air Quality, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 3, 2019


Journalism Tool for journalists: Outriders Network database, for discovering the best interactive storytelling projects. “Outriders Network database is a knowledge-sharing platform that features 860+ real-life examples of interactive storytelling and data journalism.”

PR Web: Nonprofit Launches National Network to Track All Drug Diversion Within Hospitals and Health Systems to Combat Opioid Crisis (PRESS RELEASE). “The Healthcare Diversion Network, a nonprofit association dedicated to preventing drug diversion, today announced the launch of, a first-of-its-kind forum that aims to compile all known healthcare diversion incidents into a single national database. The new online forum is the first step in building national dialogue and transparency around one of the most critical, yet often unspoken, risks associated with the opioid crisis.” It is expected that eventually the database will be opened to the public.

Big Island Now: DOH Launches New Air Quality Website for Volcano-Readiness. “The Hawai‘i Department of Health reports that a new website that provides near real-time data on the air quality in Hawai‘i is now live to coincide with National Air Quality Awareness Week, which is recognized from April 29 – May 3. Residents and visitors to the islands now have a one-stop online resource for air quality infomation that is especially useful in the event of future volcanic eruptions.”


Linux Journal: Purism Launches Librem One, a Suite of Privacy-Protecting, No-Track, No-Ad Apps and Services. “Purism has just launched an online service it has dubbed ‘Librem One’, which is, as Purism calls it, a ‘suite of apps and services designed to provide users with convenient alternatives to Big Tech products’. There are two components of Librem One that are offered free of cost (or, at least, choose your own price): Chat and Social Media.”

Google Blog: Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI. “POEMPORTRAITS is an online collective artwork, experimenting at the boundaries of AI and human collaboration—a combination of poetry, design and machine learning. A POEMPORTRAIT is your self portrait overlaid with a unique poem, created by AI. Starting today, you can create your own and contribute to the evolving, collective poem.” You do NOT have to take a selfie to get a poem. Which is good because I was about to do a level 8 Daffy Duck.

CNN: Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as ‘dangerous’. “Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as ‘dangerous’ and said it will be purging them from its platforms.” I am so cyncial about Facebook at this point that I thought, “Oh, I guess Facebook did something that’s about to be revealed and this is some kind of proactive ‘we’re taking active measures’ release.” I don’t know that there IS anything to be revealed, just that I don’t think the company as an entity is operating from any positive motives.


MakeUseOf: 5 Super Simple Sites to Create Your Online Portfolio . “Whether you’re a writer, an artist, another creative professional, or even a coder, a professional portfolio is a key to success. For freelancers, having a portfolio of your work ready to send to potential clients is essential. And even if you have a full-time job, having a portfolio ready will be a great help next time you’re job hunting. Designing and building an online portfolio can sound complicated if you’re not technically minded. Fortunately, there are websites which allow you to create a portfolio easily and with no technical knowledge required. These are our recommendations for sites to build a clean, professional-looking portfolio.”


Muckrock: Archive the Evidence: Help Wayback Machine and MuckRock preserve the links from the redacted Mueller Report. “Help the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and MuckRock build up an annotated version of the redacted Mueller Report, including URLs to all the publicly referenced government documents, news accounts, and other reference materials. We’re partnering with to go through all submitted URLs to capture historical copies of them, and we’ll then put together an annotated version that includes the title of the material reference, links to the live material, and links to the Wayback Machine‘s archival copies of the same material, in case anything is removed or altered.”

Reuters: Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review: letter. ” Alphabet Inc’s Google unit told a U.S. House panel it annually spends hundreds of millions of dollars on content review and said it manually reviewed over 1 million suspected ‘terrorist videos’ on YouTube in the first three months of 2019.”


BetaNews: Mozilla bans Firefox add-ons with obfuscated code . “As Mozilla continues to try to make it safer than ever to use Firefox, the organization has updated its Add-on Policy so that any updates that include obfuscated code are explicitly banned. Mozilla has also set out in plain terms its blocking process for add-ons and extensions.”

Techdirt: Announcing: The Public Domain Song Anthology. “You realize something needs to be done and you are the only one crazy enough to do it. This happened when my law and music worlds collided: A D.C. restaurant stopped booking live music due to license demands from a Performance Rights Organization. I suggested that bands could play ‘originals,’ and play from a book of Public Domain popular music – but no such book exists – even though as of Jan. 1, 2019 more music is entering the Public Domain. I realized I knew the very best music, law, and library people to create such a book, of 370 songs, and to give it away – in text and musical notation software, free for creative use and adaptation – as an Open Educational Resource.”


University of Washington: Suicidal thoughts? Therapy-oriented website might help. “Researchers asked more than 3,000 website visitors how they felt before they got to the website compared with after a few minutes after arriving. Nearly one-third were significantly less suicidal, and the intensity of their negative emotions had also decreased. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, an open-access publication.” This site apparently launched in 2014, but it’s new to me. Good morning, Internet…

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