India Missing Persons, Horticulture Internships, Coronavirus Searches, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 1, 2020


The Hindu: Countrywide missing persons and vehicle databases go public domain. “Citizens all over the country can now search for missing persons and check police records of any vehicle from a countrywide database. The citizen-centric services were launched by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) platform.”

Nursery Management: New free Horticulture Careers Internship Search Tool connects students to practical job experience. “On Jan. 30, Seed Your Future announced the launch of its new free online Horticulture Careers Internship Search Tool to help students find internships across the broad diversity of the horticulture profession. This is the newest resource from Seed Your Future, a coalition of more than 200 partners — including horticulture companies, gardening organizations, schools, colleges, universities, public gardens, youth organizations, nonprofit organizations and individual advocates — united in their mission to promote horticulture and careers working with plants.”


Mashable: Coronavirus: Google Launches SOS Alerts For Searches Of The Fatal Virus. “Whenever global tragedy strikes, people on the internet rush to exploit it. The spread of the deadly coronavirus is no different, with fake stories going viral in an attempt to accomplish who knows what. Google, however, wants no part of that, and today announced a new feature in collaboration with the World Health Organization that will hopefully both reduce the spread of misinformation and get valuable information to those in need.”

Gizmodo: Google’s Next Chrome Update May Cause ‘Modest Breakage’ To The Internet. “Version 80 of Chrome is coming to the stable channel of the browser, and with it, a change in the way cookies are handled. As the cookies crumble, it turns out, so does the Internet, with Google saying it hopes that it will cause only ‘a modest amount of breakage’ to websites.”

CNET: You can now report misleading election information on Twitter. “Twitter on Wednesday said it’s rolling out a tool that lets users report misleading information on the 2020 US election. People can report content they believe includes false information on where or how to vote or register to vote.” Whether Twitter does anything about it is of course another matter entirely…


School Library Journal: Kids and Authors Alike Love Instagram. Here’s How To Leverage It To Get Kids Reading.. “We’re in an era of unprecedented access to the best, most interesting authors writing for young people. Thanks to social media—Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other outlets—authors are sharing much more than the latest news about their books. For librarians and teachers, this means opportunities to connect students with their favorite writers—and others they might not know yet—to get them excited about reading in a whole new way.”

Social Media Examiner: Social Media Content Strategy: How to Respond to a Changing Marketplace . “Do you have a content strategy for your social media marketing? Wondering how content and social media strategies can fit together? To explore how to use content strategically for 2020 and beyond, I interview Jay Baer on the Social Media Marketing Podcast.” As always with Social Media Examiner, an excellent transcription/article accompanies the podcast link.


BBC: Censorship claims emerge as TikTok gets political in India. “Ajay Barman, 22, is a fading TikTok star in India. Not because he is past his prime, but because – he alleges – he’s been ‘shadow banned’ for uploading videos on Hindu-Muslim brotherhood on the popular video creation and sharing platform.”


New York Times: Phone Hacks Can Happen to Anyone. Here’s How to Protect Yourself.. “In the last two years, security experts have seen a steady increase in simple schemes to get into accounts, like phishing, as well as more complicated campaigns to gain control over a victim’s financial life, like taking over a phone or a computer.”


US National Library of Medicine: Get Rapid Access to Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Sequence Data from NLM’s GenBank®. “NLM, through its GenBank® sequence database, is providing the biomedical community free and easy access to genome sequences from the novel coronavirus associated with the recent outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020 and GenBank® continues to rapidly release data associated with this outbreak as it comes in and welcomes sequence data submissions as well.”

Phys .org: Seniors struggle with technology, and often their kids won’t help. “Many seniors who struggled with digital devices felt they lacked support. In particular, they said their own families often displayed a ‘can’t be bothered explaining’ attitude. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is very unhelpful. There is plenty all of us can do to help the seniors in our lives get connected.”

Open Data Science: 7 Top Data Science Trends in 2020 to Be Excited About. “As a practicing data scientist, educator, and tech journalist, I automatically have three big motivations for keeping a constant pulse of the industry. Staying in tune with what’s happening, consuming all the news from the movers and shakers, and evaluating new and updated tools as they arrive, I can simultaneously fuel my ability to service my clients, teach my students, and also have fresh content to communicate with my readers. In this article, I’m happy to layout the data science trends I’m seeing in the near term, namely 2020, in terms of important trends in data science, machine learning, and AI. I’m impressed by what I’m seeing, and I’m looking forward to being down in the trenches with data science in 2020!” Good morning, Internet…

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