Scots Language, BBC Apps, Snapchat, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 21, 2019


The Courier: Explore Innergourie, Meffen and Scoun on new interactive Scots language map. “After two years of sifting through old documents, poems and audio recordings, the Scots Language Centre (SLC) unveiled its first digital map of Scotland at a ceremony in Perth. All place names are written in Scots, showing how the mother tongue has changed over the centuries.”


Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children. “The BBC has announced the availability of its Own It keyboard app which aims to improve the digital wellbeing of children. The Own It app is interesting in that it functions as an app but also doubles as a keyboard which you can use across different apps. BBC has baked in machine learning which visually alerts the child if they’re writing something negative, prompting them to rethink whether or not they want to issue the message.”

Search Engine Journal: Snapchat Introduces 3D Effects for Selfies . “Snapchat is introducing a new 3D camera mode that adds depth to photos taken with the front-facing cameras of certain phones.”


Make Tech Easier: Why Are Browsers Ending Flash Support and How to Access Flash Content Afterwards. “Major browsers have been slowly pulling support for years now, and Adobe itself has announced that it would be stopping development and support in December 2020. This means that within the next year, pretty much no mainstream browsers will be able to access Flash content on the Web. No videos, no games, no vintage Flash sites, nothing. So why exactly is this happening, what’s the timeline, and what do you do if you really need to access some kind of flash content later?”


Poynter: Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that. . “It sounds like an arcane, almost bureaucratic problem, but the structure of data journalism is often a Wild West in need of a lasso. Data journalists rely on multiple programming languages and countless processes and techniques to get their jobs done — rendering collaboration between newsrooms or even individual journalists an exercise in translation. It makes sense that the Associated Press, a newsroom that exists to work with other newsrooms, would want to solve this problem. Last week, the AP unveiled AP Datakit, a free and open source tool built to make it easier for newsrooms and journalists to collaborate on data journalism.”

Tulane: Grant Supports Creation of Comprehensive Database of Fatal Police Shootings. “‘Before we make new public policy, it’s important to know how things are currently operating,’ explains Patrick Rafail, an associate professor in the School of Liberal Arts Department of Sociology. Much of Rafail’s research has centered on policing protest, the institution of policing, and social control. Earlier this summer, Rafail was awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to create a comprehensive database of fatal police shootings in the U.S.”

Modern Ghana: How Social Media Has Changed The Face Of Politics In Ghana. “The use of social media in politics including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how majority of Ghanaians interact with their aspiring candidate or elected officials.”


The Register: Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me ‘grandpa’, engineer claims. “Google has been hit by another age discrimination lawsuit, just two months after the search giant settled a previous case brought by over 200 people. In his complaint, Rodney Broome accuses Google of age discrimination, harassment based on age, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and non-payment of overtime.”


National Library of Medicine: Enhancing Data Sharing, One Dataset at a Time. “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an ambitious vision for a modernized, integrated biomedical data ecosystem. How we plan to achieve this vision is outlined in the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science, and the long-term goal is to have NIH-funded data be findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). To support this goal, we have made enhancing data access and sharing a central theme throughout the strategic plan.”

Newshub New Zealand: NZ’s litter problem: Citizen scientists hope rubbish data will provide wake-up call for Kiwis. “In a programme being rolled out at over 100 beaches, groups of volunteers are collecting and analysing the rubbish that washes up on New Zealand shores to build a database of evidence to inspire action.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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