YouTube, Google Scholar, Twitter, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, July 21, 2019


Engadget: YouTube’s exclusive MLB coverage begins streaming today. “Earlier this year YouTube announced an exclusive 13-game streaming deal with Major League Baseball — and it’s starting today.” It started on July 18, but I’m cleaning out my RSS feeds. Go watch some baseball.

Google Scholar Blog: 2019 Scholar Metrics Released. “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2019 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2014–2018 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of July 2019.”

BBC News: Twitter suspends Iran news agencies over ‘harassment of Baha’is’. “Twitter has suspended several Iranian news accounts over alleged harassment of people who follow the Baha’i faith. Young Journalists Club (YJC), run by state broadcaster IRIB, state-run IRNA, and Mehr were among the Farsi-language accounts suspended on Saturday.”


Lifehacker: Experience the Apollo Missions With This Free Flight Simulator. “If you want to have an even more exciting Apollo 11 week, it’s easy to try out beautiful simulations of different Apollo missions on your PC—for free. All you need is the open-source application Orbiter and the Project Apollo add-on, which is a heck of a lot easier to manage than going to Space Camp.”

How-To Geek: How to Restrict Data in Google Sheets with Data Validation . “If you use Google Sheets to collaborate with others, you can prevent people from typing the wrong data in your spreadsheet’s cells. Data validation stops users from inserting anything other than properly-formatted data within specific ranges. Here’s how to use it.”


The Next Web: Kazakhstan begins intercepting citizens’ web traffic to ‘protect them from cyber threats’. “The Kazakhstan government has started to intercept all HTTPS traffic from all devices within its borders effective July 17, reports ZDNet.”

Internet Archive: Correct Metadata is Hard: a Lesson from the Great 78 Project. “We have been digitizing about 8,000 78rpm record sides each month and now have 122,000 of them done. These have been posted on the net and over a million people have explored them. We have been digitizing, typing the information on the label, and linking to other information like discographies, databases, reviews and the like. Volunteers, users, and internal QA checkers have pointing out typos, and we decided to go back over a couple of month’s metadata and found problems.”


Techdirt: Researchers Build App That Kills To Highlight Insulin Pump Exploit. “By now the half-baked security in most internet of things (IOT) devices has become a bit of a running joke, leading to amusing Twitter accounts like Internet of Shit that highlight the sordid depth of this particular apathy rabbit hole. And while refrigerators leaking your gmail credentials and tea kettles that expose your home networks are entertaining in their own way, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the same half-assed security in the IOT space also exists on most home routers, your car, your pacemaker, and countless other essential devices and services your life may depend on.”

KUOW: ‘Our women are no longer invisible.’ Counting missing and murdered indigenous women from the Northwest. “Seattle’s Native community wants better data on missing and murdered indigenous women, and they’re taking it on themselves to make that happen. The Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, is holding events where people can enter information about missing loved ones into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a federal database.”


University of Kentucky: University of Kentucky Researchers Examine Twitter Use Among School Leaders. “Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Education collected results from studies showing the ways school leaders engage with Twitter. They then analyzed how Twitter usage can impact leaders’ ability to make a difference at their schools through the lens of the professional standards for educational leaders. The standards, devised by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, are designed to ensure educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges of the job today and in the future.”

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance. “Urban traffic congestion currently costs the U.S. economy $160 billion in lost productivity and causes 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 56 billion pounds of harmful CO2 emissions, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil engineering, and Zhenhui “Jessie” Li, associate professor of information sciences and technology [both at Penn State], aim to tackle this issue by first identifying machine learning algorithms that will provide results consistent with traditional (theoretical) solutions for simple scenerios, and then building upon those algorithms by introducing complexities that cannot be readily addressed through traditional means.”

Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka): Preserving books for posterity. “I once visited a leading public library in the city, and almost on every shelf I saw at least one brown envelope with a red sticker saying, ‘Do not remove.’ I wondered why. The librarian explained that each envelope contained the remnants of a book that can no longer bear the touch of human hands. She lowered her voice and said, ‘These books are dead, and these are their graves.’ One day I took an old tattered book to a binder. He had a close look at it and said, ‘Sorry, I can’t bind this book.’ When I asked the reason why, he said, ‘It’s dead.’ Sometimes, librarians and book binders are kindred spirits.” Good morning, Internet…

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