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California Datasets, Worldwide Drug Decriminalization, Indiana Schools, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 3, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Smart Cities Dive: California releases interactive, public Geoportal database. “California has adopted a massive, interactive online database of location-based government data that includes over 1,200 publicly-available data sets from 25 state entities.”

Talking Drugs: New Interactive Map: Drug Decriminalisation Across the World. “A new web-tool launched this month shows that 49 countries and jurisdictions across the world have adopted some form of decriminalisation for drug use and possession for personal use. Experts say the number of jurisdictions turning to this policy option is likely to increase in the coming years.”

Indianapolis Business Journal: Indiana has new tool to give parents data about schools. “Indiana has launched a new online tool that aims to make it easier for parents to access and compare information about their schools, including, for the first time, how much each school spends per student.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Rutgers Today: Rutgers, Google Partnership Will Provide Online Access to Nearly 190,000 Books. “Candidates for digitization include publications by federal, state and city organizations ranging from the U.S. Geological Survey to the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Documents capturing Rutgers’ rich history are also represented, such as Rutgers College alumni publications and songbooks from the New Jersey College for Women, the predecessor to Douglass College. Literary classics from Jane Austen, Jorge Luis Borges, George Eliot, John Milton, Walt Whitman and several others populate the list as well.”

Gothamist: Museum Of Chinese In America Archives “Very Much Salvageable” After Fire. “The archives of the Museum of Chinese in America may be in better shape than feared, after a five-alarm fire destroyed part of the Chinatown building where they were kept. City workers began the process of recovering the museum’s boxes from the building at 70 Mulberry Street on Wednesday.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

KVAL: UO museum works to digitize collection of fragile Native American baskets. “Close up and through a camera – that’s what’s happening quietly behind the scenes at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History….Teams from the museum are digitizing the UO’s entire collection of historic Native American baskets, a project made possible through grants from the State Heritage Commission and other sources.” There’s a video news story that goes with this — about two and a half minutes — that’s worth watching.

Mic: Buying Instagram shoutouts on Fiverr and the tricky cost of social media clout. “‘Check this man out.’ The Instagram Story is beamed to my phone. Sure enough, there is my handle, ‘@Luke_Winkie’ in red-and-yellow neon, hovering in the feed of a meme page with 62,000 followers. The whole transaction took less than a minute. I sent $20 to Michael Macauley’s Fiverr account, and he blessed me with the teeming virality he’s carefully assembled on his Instagram since 2019. This is called a ‘shoutout,’ and Macauley is one of the many vendors on Fiverr selling them. $20 isn’t much, but it represents one of the best ways to alchemize internet clout into hard cash.”

Slate: How Not to Be an Influencer During a Coronavirus Outbreak. “Arizona State University has been on edge since the Arizona Department of Health Services announced on Sunday that someone at the school had been diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus…. But ASU also found itself containing something else this week: a foolhardy joke about the coronavirus scare by an undergraduate with a famous dad and a considerable social media presence. The result was a lesson, maybe, in the limits of Twitter hijinks amid an actual health panic—that, or an example of how to win followers and influence people during a coronavirus outbreak.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Ransomware hits TV search engine popular among political campaigns. “One of this year’s first hacks to affect the 2020 US presidential election happened Thursday. TVEyes, a broadcast television search engine used by political campaigns to monitor opponents and track ads, said Friday it was hit with a ransomware attack.”

Ars Technica: Dear Ashley Madison user. I know everything about you. Pay up or else.. “Four years after hackers dumped the intimate details of 32 million Ashley Maddison subscribers, criminals have revived an extortion scheme that targets people who used the dating website to cheat on their partners.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

NiemanLab: The fact-checker’s dilemma: Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview. “Motivated reasoning is what social scientists call the process of deciding what evidence to accept based on the conclusion one prefers. As I explain in my book The Truth About Denial: Bias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion, this very human tendency applies to all kinds of facts about the physical world, economic history and current events.”

CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Study Shows Promising New Web Approach to Prevent Firearm Suicide. “Access to firearms and other lethal methods of suicide during periods of risk can make it more likely that a suicide attempt will end in death. Yet many patients with suicidal thoughts or behaviors receive no counseling about this from healthcare providers, and many have questions about options for firearm or medication storage. To address the issue, clinicians and researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus partnered with Grit Digital Health. The team created Lock to Live, a web resource to help suicidal adults – and family, friends or providers – make decisions about reducing access to firearms, medications, and other potential suicide methods.” Good morning, Internet…

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