Jeopardy!, Twitter, ToTok, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 7, 2020


New-to-me, from Polygon: The chroniclers of Jeopardy!. “Jeopardy!, now in its 36th season, celebrates the brain’s limitless capacity to carry inessential insight. The archive is of the same breed. Those breezy interviews that Trebek conducts with the contestants after the first commercial break? The site’s moderators transcribe them like they’re court records.”


TechCrunch: Twitter offers more support to researchers — to ‘keep us accountable’. “Twitter has kicked off the New Year by taking the wraps off a new hub for academic researchers to more easily access information and support around its APIs — saying the move is in response to feedback from the research community.”

The Verge: Google lets alleged spying app ToTok back into Play Store. “Google has made the popular chat app ToTok available again for download after the service was banned from the Play Store for reportedly functioning as an espionage tool of the United Arab Emirates.”

Straits Times (Singapore): Parliament: Government e-Gazette to be free to public by end-January, says Iswaran. “By end-January, all publications on the Government e-Gazette website will be made available to the public for free, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran. In a written parliamentary reply to Workers’ Party Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera on Monday (Jan 6), Mr Iswaran said this includes publications that have been published for more than five days.”


Analytics India: 10 Free Resources To Learn GAN In 2020. “Generative Adversarial Networks or GAN, one of the interesting advents of the decade, has been used to create arts, fake images, and swapping faces in videos, among others. GANs are the subclass of deep generative models which aim to learn a target distribution in an unsupervised manner. The resources we listed below will help a beginner to kick-start learning and understanding how this model works. In this article, we list down 10 free resources to learn GAN in 2020.” These are informational, not tools.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (one of my best choices for finding cheap escape reading, in case you need that right now for whatever reason): Track Your 2020 Reading With This Nifty Spreadsheet!. “I LOVE THIS SPREADSHEET SO MUCH. I’ve used it all year, I love it, and I’m so pleased I’m not alone in enjoying the process of tracking what I read and how I read, too. I’ve made a few updates to the 2020 version, but the great thing about this spreadsheet is that it’s so very easy to customize. Aarya has a version that she’s modified to track an extensive number of book characteristics, for example. So you can make it your own!”


My Yellowknife Now: Library and Archives Canada funds projects to help preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings. “Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is providing $2.3 million to support 31 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations. As part of the Government of Canada’s reconciliation efforts, LAC is supporting Indigenous communities as they seek to preserve and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations.”

The Connexion: Paris museum welcomes ‘Instagram artist in residence’. “The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is to welcome a French ‘artist in residence’ on its Instagram social media account, who will each week highlight one of the museum’s great artists as if they were still alive today. Artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, who works in both France and the United States, is best known for his humorous cartoons. They have appeared in publications such as Le Monde, Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and The New Yorker.”


Neowin: France tells the U.S. it will retaliate over any action against its digital tax. “France has announced it will retaliate against any action taken by the United States against its digital services tax. The announcement by France’s economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, comes as a bit of a surprise because the two sides seemed to have come to an agreement over the issue back in August during the G7 event.”


Peninsula Press: In the Wild West of online medicine, crowdsourcing is the next frontier. “While patients commonly Google their symptoms early on, crowdsourcing diagnoses has gained traction in recent years as an unconventional approach to solving particularly tricky medical mysteries—especially when doctors struggle to resolve an illness.”

The Conversation: Building a digital archive for decaying paper documents, preserving centuries of records about enslaved people. “The goal is to ensure this information – including some from documents that no longer exist physically – is accessible to future generations. But preserving history by taking high-resolution photographs of centuries-old documents is only the beginning. Technological advances help scholars and archivists like me do a better job of preserving these records and learning from them, but don’t always make it easy.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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