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Wilderness Sites, Johnny Cash, Chicago Politics, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 26, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

KULR: Plan your next backpacking trip with new Wilderness. net from UM. “The University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute unveiled a new website that aims to be one-stop shopping for learning about wilderness areas and planning backpacking and camping trips. The… site guides users to over 800 wilderness areas across the United States, allowing hikers to better prepare before hitting the back country, said Wilderness Institute Communications Director, Lisa Ronald.”

Rolling Stone: Exhaustive Johnny Cash Website Compiles His Music, Tour Dates. “Cash’s tour history, both solo and with the Highwaymen, is among the most interesting aspects of the website, with nearly 4300 show dates — from his 1954 debut in West Memphis, Arkansas, to his last public performance in 2003 at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia — arranged chronologically and supplemented in many cases by set lists. Some feature photos and video from the respective concert date.”

Block Club Chicago: Has Your Alderman Been Indicted? New Website Highlights The History Of Corruption In City Hall — And Hopes You’ll Hold New Leaders Accountable. “Currently, there’s one sitting alderman that is under federal indictment. Sadly, ending up in jail is a common occurrence for Chicago’s leaders — and now South Side journalism lab City Bureau is making it easier for residents to know if their elected alderman is in trouble with he law. City Bureau’s new website… includes information on the aldermen who lead all 50 of Chicago’s wards, as well as the history of political corruption in each ward. Simply plug in your address and find out what your alderman (past or present) has been up to.”

Department of Environmental Conservation, New York: DEC Launches New ‘DECinfo Locator’ to Increase Transparency and Access to Data and Reports. “With more than 50 interactive data layers, DECinfo Locator lets users see and download permits, former industrial site cleanup plans, water quality reports, and more based on where they live, work, or play. Selecting a map feature can bring up links to database records for petroleum bulk storage facilities, oil wells, or permitted mines…. The map’s Near Me feature lets users narrow data results by creating an interactive list of data points within an area of up to 10 miles from a selected point. In addition to environmental quality information, users can explore new places for recreation such as hiking, cross-country skiing, or mountain biking, or look up the rules for a nearby Wildlife Management Area.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Alphabet shares jump after company breaks out of its brief slump. “Alphabet reported $38.9 billion in revenue for the three months ending in June, above Wall Street’s $38.2 billion projection. That number was up 19 percent from the same quarter in the previous year.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Clean Up and Archive Your Twitter Account. “I used to save my data on services forever—in case I ever needed to take a trip down memory lane—but I’ve recently found lots of relief and joy in purging my Twitter account of old tweets. Will I ever miss some dumb thing I posted back in 2008? Probably not. Could someone search Twitter’s archives and tell me what a jerk I was about my old, inane tweets? Very possibly.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Poynter: An examination of a viral YouTube video reveals a cautionary tale for the news media. “I’m obsessed with the plight of the YouTube content creator. Anyone who works with audiences or analytics in any form and in any industry should be. Consider this: Millions of people create work for YouTube every day. Their output is probably the largest on the internet. And many of them are incredibly entrepreneurial, tracking changes in consumer tastes and algorithm biases and responding to them in real time. For anyone who produces work that is published online, YouTube is a petri dish that we can use to study our own work.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Flaw in Facebook kids app let children chat with unapproved users. “Facebook said Monday that a ‘technical error’ allowed thousands of kids who used the company’s messaging app for children to join group chats with people who weren’t approved by their parents. The app, called Messenger Kids, lets children between 6 and 12 years old send messages and video chat with family members and friends who their parents accept.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Nieman Journalism Lab: Should Facebook have a “quiet period” of no algorithm changes before a major election?. “Several Facebook News Feed updates leading up to the 2016 U.S. election disadvantaged traditional news sources and favored less reliable information shared by your uncle. Should regulation keep the playing field static?”

Nature: Citizen science could map snakebite risk. “Snake bites kill an estimated 81,000–138,000 people and disable 400,000 globally every year. The World Health Organization and the Wellcome Trust are both taking action … We suggest that citizen science could also help to reduce the toll.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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