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Milwaukee Business, Montana Fishing, Yahoo Groups, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 13, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Milwaukee Independent: First-Of-Its-Kind Portal Launched By Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Offers Searchable Venue Database. “The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee recently launched its Venue Search Portal, a first-of-its-kind digital search platform that features information about over 400 venues from across Milwaukee and the surrounding region.”

Missoulian: Trout Unlimited unveils map of fishing access sites. “Anglers searching for a fishing access site in Montana, or a good place for one in the future, now have a new tool from Montana Trout Unlimited. On Wednesday, the nonprofit unveiled an online interactive map of Montana’s fishing sites. While Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks already has its own online fishing access map, Trout Unlimited doesn’t just show access sites.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Reminder: You have slightly longer to download data from Yahoo Groups — but you still need to move fast!. “The first deadline issued by Yahoo was December 14. This has come and gone, and the new deadline — unless there are any further extensions — is the end of this month. January 31 is just two-and-a-half weeks away, so if you’ve been putting off making a request for a data download, you really need to get moving.”

PoliceOne: NYPD to add hate crime statistics to public crime database. “In the wake of a pair of anti-Semitic attacks separated by only three weeks in New York and New Jersey, the NYPD announced on Monday that it intends to add hate crimes to its publicly-available crime database — CompStat — for the first time since the stat-tracking site’s inception.”

USEFUL STUFF

Towards Data Science: How to Scrape Tweets From Twitter. “This tutorial is meant to be a quick straightforward introduction to scraping tweets from Twitter in Python using Tweepy’s Twitter API or Dmitry Mottl’s GetOldTweets3. To provide direction for this tutorial I decided to focus on scraping through two avenues: scraping a specific user’s tweets and scraping tweets from a general text search.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Vietnam+: National geographic database to be set up. “Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has recently approved a project to set up a national geographic database. The objective of project is to establish and update the national geographic database and topographic land maps at scales of 1:2,000 and 1:5,000 for urban, future urban, rural, island, archipelago, river-mouth, and seaport areas.”

Slate: The Insanely Popular App That Mimics Those Flimsy Disposable Cameras From the ’90s. “While the hazy, overexposed aesthetic of the photos it takes isn’t all that different from what you can achieve in with Instagram or VSCO, David’s Disposable ups the verisimilitude by simulating the most inconvenient aspects of using a disposable camera. Using the app requires you to squint at a minuscule virtual viewfinder. And after you take the picture, you can’t see the resulting image until 9 a.m. the next day, a feature premised on the assumption that what kids really admire about disposable cameras is the wait time for developing photos.”

CNN: Instagram says it’s removing posts supporting Soleimani to comply with US sanctions. “Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that voice support for slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani to comply with US sanctions, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business Friday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Northern Illinois University: With the help of a federal grant, NIU is revolutionizing the way braille is taught. “More than 5,000 teachers of students with visual impairments from across the country have completed an online course developed and hosted at NIU with support from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The course, known as UEBOT-1 (Unified English Braille Online Training), was designed to train teachers already familiar with the braille code formerly used in the U.S. (English Braille American Edition) in the new braille code, Unified English Braille (UEB), which is now used in English-speaking countries throughout the world.”

EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon leverages AI to give voice to the voiceless. “The [ Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute (LTI)] researchers have developed a system that leverages artificial intelligence to rapidly analyze hundreds of thousands of comments on social media and identify the fraction that defend or sympathize with disenfranchised minorities such as the Rohingya community. Human social media moderators, who couldn’t possibly manually sift through so many comments, would then have the option to highlight this ‘help speech’ in comment sections.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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