Self-Citing Scientists, NC Philanthropy, Sustainable Fashion, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2019


Nature: Hundreds of extreme self-citing scientists revealed in new database. “[Sundarapandian] Vaidyanathan, a computer scientist at the Vel Tech R&D Institute of Technology, a privately run institute, is an extreme example: he has received 94% of his citations from himself or his co-authors up to 2017, according to a study in PLoS Biology this month1. He is not alone. The data set, which lists around 100,000 researchers, shows that at least 250 scientists have amassed more than 50% of their citations from themselves or their co-authors, while the median self-citation rate is 12.7%.”

DigitalNC: The Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina is now online. “Thanks to our partner the Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh, issues from 1993 to 1998 of the Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina are now on DigitalNC. The Journal has been published since 1993. Todd Cohen, an adjunct instructor in writing at William Peace University in Raleigh, launched a weekly philanthropy column for The News & Observer in 1991 as the newspaper’s business editor. In 1993, through The News and Observer Foundation, he created the Philanthropy Journal, the first statewide paper in the U.S. to report on nonprofits.”

University of Southampton: Student launches search engine for sustainable fashion in the UK. “Project Cece uses in-house developed web tools to automatically ‘collect’ products from over 100 sustainable webshops on one website, providing a complete overview of all available ethical clothing. With insightful icons, to-the-point descriptions and filters, Project CeCe helps consumers find clothing that fits their style, budget, and values, say its founders.”


Tubefilter: The Streamy Awards Pact With YouTube For Exclusive Distribution Deal, Announce Dec. 13 Showdate. “For the third time to date (once back in 2016, and again in 2018), the Streamy Awards will air exclusively on YouTube. This year’s ceremony — marking the ninth-ever Streamys — will be broadcast live globally from the Beverly Hilton hotel on Dec. 13.”


Mashable: Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Chinese government . “Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts for running a state-sponsored propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters. Twitter says it suspended 936 accounts that were ‘deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong’ as well as 200,000 more ‘spammy’ accounts that were ‘proactively suspended before they were substantially active.'”

CNET: Google denies Trump’s accusations of voter manipulation. “Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant ‘manipulated’ millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump was referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been ‘debunked since it was made.'”

Government News Australia: Dictionary builds place nicknames data base. “Brisvegas, Shagger’s Ridge, Osty, Mullum, Freo, The Gong. If it’s a place and it’s in Australia, you can bet it’s got a nickname. The Australian National Dictionary Centre has launched an appeal for place nicknames as it builds the nation’s first database of the unique monikers Aussies have bestowed on the places they live in, drive past, or visit for holidays.”


Motherboard: Hacker Releases First Public Jailbreak for Up-to-Date iPhones in Years. “Apple has mistakenly made it a bit easier to hack iPhone users who are on the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS by unpatching a vulnerability it had already fixed. Hackers quickly jumped on this over the weekend, and publicly released a jailbreak for current, up-to-date iPhones—the first free public jailbreak for a fully updated iPhone that’s been released in years.”

TechCrunch: An anonymous hentai porn site exposed over a million users’ emails. “A popular hentai porn site that promises anonymity to its 1.1 million users left a user database exposed without a password, allowing anyone to identify users by their email addresses. You might not have heard of unless you’re into hentai and manga porn but it’s one of the most popular websites in the U.S., ranking in the top 5,000 sites in traffic, per Alexa data.”

USA Today: Billions of records exposed: 2019 on track to be worst year ever for data breaches . “The number of data breaches resulting in exposed records is up by 54% year over year in the first half of 2019, and the number of records exposed in those breaches is up by 52%. More than 3,800 data breaches were reported in the first six months of this year, and just eight of those exposed more than 3.2 billion records, nearly 80% of all records exposed so far in 2019.”


EurekAlert: New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired. “In a new study, led by University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics student, Alexandra Vtyurina, who collaborated with Microsoft researchers and the University of Washington’s Assistant Professor, Leah Findlater, a way was found to merge the best elements of voice assistants with screen readers to create a tool that makes free-form web searches easier. The tool is called Voice Exploration, Retrieval, and Search (VERSE).”

AL .com: Hey, Alabama, public data are public documents, too. “David Simpson is curious, which is a good thing for a researcher to be. Simpson is a PhD student studying political science at Columbia University. Also, he’s an Alabama native. So when it came time to direct his study to a particular interest, he naturally turned his attention to his home state.” Good morning, Internet…

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