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Ohio Traffic Accidents, Poison Control, Google, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 30, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Cleveland .com: Vehicle crash data for every street in Ohio now mapped on the web. “Whether police want to know where to set up patrols to nab drunken drivers or local transportation officials wish to identify places to fix dangerous intersections, it’s never been easier to research accident histories for any street in Ohio. The Ohio Highway Patrol has launched an interactive web tool at this link with crash data going back to 2014.”

Washington Post: Worried you ingested something deadly? This virtual poison control website can be a lifesaving tool.. “The first fully automated virtual poison control center, Webpoisoncontrol is an interactive tool that guides you through the same process you would encounter if you called one on the phone. Designed by board-certified toxicology experts, the tool does triage and provides recommendations and information on thousands of substances. It even emails you afterward to follow up so you can get help if the situation changes. The site is available in app form, too, for Android devices and iPhones.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

VentureBeat: Google to begin publishing government requests for Cloud Platform and G Suite data. “Google says it’s taking steps to ensure it remains transparent in the ways it handles sensitive data in the cloud, and to afford its cloud services customers greater control over and visibility into when and how that data is used.”

Google Blog: 13 shortcuts made possible by . new. “Who doesn’t love finding a good shortcut? A year ago, G Suite created a handful of shortcuts: docs.new, sheets.new, and slides.new. You can easily pull up a new document, spreadsheet or presentation by typing those shortcuts into your address bar. This inspired Google Registry to release the .new domain extension as a way for people to perform online actions in one quick step. And now any company or organization can register its own .new domain to help people get things done faster, too.”

The Map Room: H-Maps, a New Discussion List About Map History. “H-Net, that venerable purveyor of academic discussion lists since I was in academia, has, with the collaboration of the International Society for the History of the Map, launched H-Maps, ‘an international digital forum in the historical study of the making, circulation, use and preservation of maps from the ancient to the contemporary period.'”

USEFUL STUFF

Genealogy’s Star: Photography Basics for Genealogists: Part Two: Digital vs. Analog. “So why is it so important to digitize photographic images? The answer lies in the issue of the individual nature of photographic analog images. Simply put, each photo is a unique original and loss of the original (negative or positive) is permanent and irreplaceable. However, digital images can be copied instantly and every copy is exactly like the original including any defects.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Droidlife: Google Pixel 4 Review: Nope, Not This One. “We’re four years into the Google experiment that is high-end Pixel phones. Google has given us two, once again, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. They are the most advanced of any Pixel phone to date, though one could argue that they are also the most lacking.”

MIT Technology Review: How memes got weaponized: A short history. “While today we tend to think of memes as funny images online, Richard Dawkins coined the term back in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene, where he described how culture is transmitted through generations. In his definition, memes are ‘units of culture’ spread through the diffusion of ideas. Memes are particularly salient online because the internet crystallizes them as artifacts of communication and accelerates their distribution through subcultures.”

Smithsonian: The Unprecedented Effort to Preserve a Million Letters Written by U.S. Soldiers During Wartime. “Andrew Carroll is never far away from the slim black portfolio he calls ‘the football.’ Inside are more than two dozen original letters, creased and faded, bullet-torn and tear-stained, spanning 225 years of American war history, from the early days of the Revolution to 9/11. Each page is sheathed in a protective plastic sleeve, and for added security, there are the handcuffs. Carroll locks the case to his wrist when he travels, which he does almost constantly. By his own count, he was on the road almost 200 days last year, using this remarkable sampling of letters to convince anyone who will listen how important—and ephemeral—such documents are. It’s all part of the historian’s ambitious effort to rescue these eyewitness accounts from attics, basements, garage sales and trash bins.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: What 26,000 books reveal when it comes to learning language. “What can reading 26,000 books tell researchers about how language environment affects language behavior? Brendan T. Johns, an assistant professor of communicative disorders and sciences in the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences, has some answers that are helping to inform questions ranging from how we use and process language to better understanding the development of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Phys .org: What use do teenagers make of YouTube?. “To complete the study of the uses and practices teens make of YouTube, the article also analyses the metaphors on YouTube that young people apply in their discourses on the platform. The teens describe YouTube as a means of support, dissemination, connection, participation, education, etc. Despite the civic potential of social media and the numerous studies focusing on participatory culture, the researchers have not found YouTube to have a civic use, although they do not rule out this possibility.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Kottke: RPG Dungeon Generator. “One Page Dungeon generates small dungeon layouts for RPG adventures (Dungeons & Dragons, etc.)” I’m surprised at how much of a timesink this is. Good morning, Internet…

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