National Theatre, Twitter Data Sets, Parkland Memorials, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, June 14, 2019


Broadway World: The National Theatre Launches National Theatre Collection, A New Digital Service. “The National Theatre today launches the National Theatre Collection, with two new partnerships with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest. This new service draws on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive. The National Theatre Collection will make the best of British theatre available to libraries, schools, universities and the education sector around the world.” As you might guess, this is not free.

Twitter Blog: Information operations on Twitter: principles, process, and disclosure. “In October 2018, we published the first comprehensive archive of Tweets and media associated with known state-backed information operations on Twitter. Since its launch, thousands of researchers from across the globe have downloaded datasets, which contain more than 30 million Tweets and over 1 terabyte of media, using our archive to conduct their own investigations and to share their insights and independent analysis with the world. Today, we’re adding six additional datasets to our archive, covering coordinated, state-backed activities originating from four jurisdictions. All accounts have been removed from Twitter.”

People: Parkland Dad Gathers ‘Incomplete’ Items Left Behind by Victims to Show Devastation of Gun Violence. “The sneaker is the starting point for the story Manny Oliver wants to tell about the joyous, interrupted life of his 17-year-old son, and the lives of too many others that were abruptly ended by gun violence.”

Techdirt: Historical Documentation Of Key Section 230 Cases. “We’ve been talking a lot lately about the fact that people seem incredibly confused (i.e., mostly wrong) about the history, purpose, and even language of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. No matter how many times we try to correct the record, it seems that more people keep getting it wrong. We’ve talked a few times about Jeff Kosseff’s excellent new book called The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, and, as Kosseff explains, part of his reason for putting together that book is that some of the early history around CDA 230 was at risk of disappearing. And now Kosseff has teamed up with professor Eric Goldman to create an archive of documents related to key Section 230 cases.”


LinkedIn: New Features To Help You Start Conversations and Build Community on LinkedIn. “Every day, millions of people and companies are talking on LinkedIn: helping each other to find new opportunities, discussing the latest news that affects their jobs and careers, and sharing their own ideas and experiences with others. We’re always working on new and better ways to help you talk with each other and wanted to share some of the latest.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. “It’s unlikely a city hall reporter will ever have occasion to build an iPhone app in Swift, or construct a machine learning model on deadline. But there is definitely a more basic and straightforward set of technical skills — around data analysis — that can be of use to nearly anyone in a newsroom. It ain’t coding, but it’s also not a skillset every reporter has. The New York Times wants more of its journalists to have those basic data skills, and now it’s releasing the curriculum they’ve built in-house out into the world, where it can be of use to reporters, newsrooms, and lots of other people too.”


Tiny Subversions: How to be a library archive tourist. “When I’m traveling and am at a loss for how to spend my time, I look up as many libraries I can in the area I’ll be traveling to, and I check to see if they have special collections. Then I make an appointment with the library to visit those special collections, and usually it means I get to spend a day in a quiet, climate-controlled room with cool old documents. It’s like a museum but with no people, and where you have to do all the work, which is honestly my idea of a perfect vacation.”


AdAge: Fortnite emerges as a social media platform for Gen Z. “Fortnite’s audience remains much smaller than Facebook and YouTube, which each have roughly 2 billion users. Still, the game isn’t that far off from Twitter and its 330 million members. And Fortnite enthusiasts are extremely loyal: Those between the ages of 10 to 17 and who play the game at least once a week spend 25 percent of all of their free time playing Fortnite, higher than any other form of entertainment, according to the NRG report.”

Builtin: 31 edtech companies taking learning to the next level. “When you think of educational technology, do you picture a classroom full of teens immersed in their tablets—perhaps dissecting cyber-rats? That happens, no doubt, but edtech goes beyond K-12 classroom engagement tools, and plays an increasingly crucial role in the educational experience.”

Mashable: Influencers have become a vital source of information on the crisis in Sudan . “On Thursday, Shahd Khidir, a Sudanese influencer and blogger who mainly shares beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content, went ‘off-brand’ to raise awareness to her nearly 64,000 Instagram followers about the dire situation in Sudan. Khidir, who is based in New York City, posted a photograph of herself crying at her desk along with a heartbreaking story about her friend, who she learned had recently been murdered in Sudan.”


EurekAlert: The whisper of schizophrenia: Machine learning finds ‘sound’ words predict psychosis. “A machine-learning method discovered a hidden clue in people’s language predictive of the later emergence of psychosis — the frequent use of words associated with sound. A paper published by the journal npj Schizophrenia published the findings by scientists at Emory University and Harvard University. The researchers also developed a new machine-learning method to more precisely quantify the semantic richness of people’s conversational language, a known indicator for psychosis.”

Campus Technology: UC System, Carnegie Mellon Pilot Tool for Sharing Research Methods . “The University of California system and Carnegie Mellon University are both piloting the use of a platform … in an effort to bring down a major barrier to reproducible research: the creation and sharing of detailed methods in published articles. As part of the larger open access movement, the universities hope to facilitate collaborative method development and to increase research reproducibility.” Good morning, Internet…

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