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Arizona Politics, Global Soil Health, US Navy Bureau of Medicine, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 15, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

KJZZ: New Website Lets Citizens Comment On Proposed Bills In Arizona Legislature. “A website maintained by the Arizona Legislature has a full rundown of proposed new laws, amendments to proposals, and even the roll-call votes in committees and on the floor. But it’s even more interactive than that. One function of the website allows people not only to watch hearings but even sign in to ‘testify’ for or against measures, all without making the trek to the Capitol.”

Nature: A database for global soil health assessment. “Field studies have been performed for decades to analyze effects of different management practices on agricultural soils and crop yields, but these data have never been combined together in a way that can inform current and future cropland management. Here, we collected, extracted, and integrated a database of soil health measurements conducted in the field from sites across the globe.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

I haven’t gotten to do one of these in a while, so I’m excited! Flickr Blog: Welcome the US Navy Bureau of Medicine to the Flickr Commons!. “Items in this collection include albums and historical photographs of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as naval hospitals, including hospital ships, around the world. The collection also includes modern images of the Navy Medicine corps work to ensure the health and well-being of all beneficiaries.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: Live Test Fonts On Browser Easily With Font Dragr . “The font used on the website affects to the reading experience of the users which is why web designers often spend a lot of their time finding good fonts pair that will suit their website’s design. We pick a font, then convert it to a Web-compatible format, and then add it into the style-rules. It’s far from efficient, especially when you have to repeat the process multiple times, with multiple fonts. Here is an alternative: Font Dragr.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free CV Apps to Create a Beautiful Resume That Recruiters Will Read. “This list only features web apps, but there are a few that might catch you by surprise. For instance, there is now a chatbot to build a CV by talking. There’s also artificial intelligence that will write a resume for you. Of course, we’ve included basic free resume makers too.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Register: Google’s clever-clogs are focused on many things, but not this: The Chrome Web Store. Devs complain of rip-offs, scams, wait times. “Programmers are complaining that Google’s Chrome Web Store still looks more like an ill-tended shack than a legitimate store. Developers are continuing to complain about dubious extensions with fake users, extension copying, and long waits for extension approval, among other gripes.”

The Verge: Why activists get frustrated with Facebook. “On Monday morning I met with a group of activists who live under authoritarian regimes. The delegation had been brought to San Francisco by the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation as part of a fellowship focused on the relationship between activism and Silicon Valley. And the big question they had for me was: why do social networks keep taking down my posts?”

The Art Newspaper: Secret papers on famous artists including Gauguin, Renoir and Monet to be revealed. “The non-profit WPI, founded in 2017, is throwing open the legendary Wildenstein archives accumulated since Georges Wildenstein published the firm’s first catalogue raisonné in 1922…. So, 100 years of annotated sale catalogues, letters and notes are being digitised to be made available to the public for free on the WPI’s platform.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds. “The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published an analysis of how popular apps are sharing user data with the behavioral ad industry. It suggests smartphone users have little hope of escaping adtech’s pervasive profiling machinery — short of not using a smartphone at all.”

Wired: A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages. “Facebook Pages give public figures, businesses, and other entities a presence on Facebook that isn’t tied to an individual profile. The accounts behind those pages are anonymous unless a Page owner opts to make the admins public. You can’t see, for example, the names of the people who post to Facebook on WIRED’s behalf. But a bug that was live from Thursday evening until Friday morning allowed anyone to easily reveal the accounts running a Page, essentially doxing anyone who posted to one.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Library of Congress: Library’s Collections Come to Life as 3D Models. “The 3D Digital Modeling, Imaging, and Printing Working Group was created to explore the use of 3D technologies to expand access to the Library’s collections. In Fall 2019, the working group launched a pilot in which a limited selection of items from the online collections were 3D scanned and the 3D models made publicly available. In the blog post below, I share what it was like to be trained to build 3D models alongside other Library staff, how we collaborated as a cross-functional working group, and lay out the potential uses of the models we created as part of the LOC 3D pilot project.”

TorrentFreak: ‘Academic’ Torrent Client Hopes to Shake up the Entertainment Industry. “Researchers at Delft University of Technology have secured another €3.3 million in funding for academic research into the ‘Internet-of-Trust’. The money will in large part be used to continue development on the Tribler BitTorrent client. Professor Johan Pouwelse, who leads the Tribler lab, hopes that the software and underlying technology will shake up the entertainment industry by shifting the balance of power.” Good morning, Internet…

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