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Colorado Byways, PACER, Article 26 Backpack, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Colorado Travel Office: Colorado Tourism Office Spotlights State’s 26 Scenic And Historic Byways Through New Microsite. “Colorado has the most America’s Byways® – the highest designation a byway can receive – of any state in the nation. A newly-launched microsite developed by the CTO features each of the 26 byways with a collection of traveler resources including an overview video, travel itinerary, trip tips, side-trip recommendations and a photo slideshow.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

United States Courts: Judiciary Launches Redesigned PACER Website. “The Administrative Office of the U.S Courts on June 28 will launch a redesigned informational website for the Judiciary’s electronic court records system, known as PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). The new PACER website includes features that will make it easier for users to learn how to navigate the system, find what they are looking for more quickly, and understand the fee structure for downloading records. The update is also designed to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.”

UC Davis: Article 26 Backpack Humanitarian Tool Now Includes Expanded Languages, New Features. “UC Davis recently released an updated version of Article 26 Backpack, a digital tool and ecosystem for refugees and other displaced peoples to safely and securely curate, store, and share critical academic and career development documents with universities, possible employers, and agencies.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Want to learn to code? We found 5 online coding courses for beginners. “My husband is a tech guy through and through — tinkering in code to build simple apps and websites just for fun. I’m not. I knew my way around MySpace HTML back in the day (enough to change my background at least) and could navigate WordPress for my college newspaper, but those skills are quite rusty now. Learning to code is a valuable skill for almost anyone working in our digital world. And though unemployment levels are high due to the coronavirus pandemic, tech companies like Apple and Amazon are still hiring. Picking up some coding skills could help you get a foot in the door.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Apps for Creative People and Teams to Collaborate Digitally. “Creative teams depend on the free and easy flow of ideas to collaborate and inspire new thoughts. When you have to work digitally, these free apps help foster creativity and brainstorm fresh ideas. The most obvious starting point for creative brainstorming is to use a mind-mapping tool. This article won’t go into that because we’ve already reviewed the best free mind-mapping apps for single users or teams. Instead, we’ll focus on tools that ease creative collaboration across a range of fields, like design, writing, music, and more.”

Search Engine Journal: A Simple Guide to Perform a Comprehensive Content Audit. “If you’re wondering if your content is performing well, there’s a good chance it’s time for a content audit to check for sure. By following the right steps, knowing what to look for, and what you’re hoping to get out of your content audit, you can look forward to creating a better website.”

BetaNews: Get back deleted data with Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool. “Windows File Recovery is a free app in the Microsoft store which can be used to recover data that has been lost for a variety of reasons. The command line tool can be used to retrieve data from local hard drives as well as removable media such as USB drives and memory cards.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Vox: Working for Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy isn’t always easy since it means working for Mark Zuckerberg. “At an emotional company town hall last week that blew past its hour-long time limit, one of Mark Zuckerberg’s engineers asked him to quit as CEO of Facebook. But the appeal did not, as one might expect, come from an engineer at Facebook. It came from an engineer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the education, science, and policy philanthropy Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, founded in 2015.”

Techdirt: Just Like Every Other Platform, Parler Will Take Down Content And Face Impossible Content Moderation Choices . “Like Gab before it, the hot new Twitter-wannabe service for assholes and trolls kicked off of Twitter is Parler. The President and a bunch of his supporters have hyped it up, and the latest is that Senator Ted Cruz (and Rep. Devin Nunes) have recently joined it, and like others before them they have hyped up the misleading claim that Parler supports free speech unlike Twitter…. But, I did want to take a closer look at the claims that Parler supports free speech, because it does so in basically the same way every other platform — including the way Twitter, Youtube and Facebook do: by saying that they can remove your content for any reason they want.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

RIT: RIT building imaging systems to help libraries and museums uncover lost texts. “Scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology are developing affordable imaging systems to help libraries and museums preserve and expand access to their historical collections. The project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, aims to create a low-cost spectral imaging system and software that can be used to recover obscured and illegible text on historical documents.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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