Scholarships-Africa, IOS Press Labs, North Carolina Black History, More: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My spreadsheet project kind of exploded over the weekend and I’ve been spending a lot of time working on it. It’s an instant-overview tool for Wikipedia, for when you hear a name or a topic and need a quick stack o’ facts without going through lots of searches. (I need this often in the process of doing ResearchBuzz.)

It really started coming together yesterday and I was able to share it with my patrons on Patreon. (Thanks for playing with it last night, y’all!) Today I want to see if I can use a tool to turn it into an app. And of course now that I’ve got the APIs all nicely integrated, I can do more with the Wikipedia data I’m bringing in. One thing at a time.

But I also woke up this morning and realized I had 800 emails, so I’m going to spend the morning addressing that. The fun has to wait until this afternoon. Thanks for reading. Much love, as always.


KIVI: Boise State Senior creates social media platform, Scholarships-Africa. “Boise State Senior, Sunday “Paul” Adah is the Founder and CEO of Scholarships-Africa. He left his friends and family back in 2015 to enroll in a university more than 73-hundred miles away…. ‘Growing up in Africa there’s a lot of challenges with finding funding to get a good education,’ he said, ‘I noticed that a lot of Africans and black minorities have the same struggles.’ It was those struggles that inspired Scholarships-Africa, a social media platform created to connect students to scholarship opportunities.”

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live. “Offering a platform that promotes collaboration and feedback, Labs content centers around the following categories: data management, innovation, open science, the research ecosystem, STM publishing, and technology. Topics of particular interest are: artificial intelligence; case studies; “failing forward;” corporate/brand identity; data policies/data sharing; digital transformation; diversity and inclusion; editorial policies; knowledge graphs; linked data; machine learning; open access; open source; publication ethics; software development; and workflow tools for scholarly publishing.”

Western Carolina University: WNC Tomorrow Black Oral History Project brings 1980s-era recordings to digital age. “Western Carolina University’s Special and Digital Collections at Hunter Library has digitized a collection of interviews conducted between 1986 and 1989 with Black residents from Western North Carolina, all of whom were older than 69 at the time. Recorded as part of the Western North Carolina Tomorrow Black Oral History Project are memories of interactions during segregation, life in the mountains as a Black person and the importance of church and school in the community. Their stories are of days spent sharecropping, service in the military and fighting in world wars, the civil rights movement and integration and other social changes in their lifetimes.”

The National (Scotland): Online Indy Tales library to help boost campaign for indyref2. “AN online library of short stories and poems in favour of Scottish independence has been launched ahead of the May 6 Scottish Parliament elections. The creation of Bob Hastings, a Scot who’s been living in Spain for more than 30 years, Indy Tales is a forum for exchanging fictionalised accounts of the need to regain this nation.”

PR Newswire: Launch Of Two Online Exhibitions Allows The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Serve A Broader Audience (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum unveiled new, free-to-access online exhibitions: Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter and Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. These multimedia exhibits are the first designed exclusively for the museum’s website.”


CNET: Twitch users could face ban for off-service behavior. “Twitch has developed an off-service conduct policy to deter users from serious offenses done either offline or on other internet services, the company said Wednesday. People investigated for violations could face penalties including an indefinite suspension of their accounts.”

Engadget: Google is shutting down its iOS and Android Shopping apps. “Google is adding another entry to its app graveyard and this time it’s Shopping that’s getting the guillotine. After XDA Developers spotted the word ‘sunset’ in the Shopping app code, Google confirmed to 9to5 Google that it’s closing the app on iOS and Android by the end of June. Instead, it will direct users to the Shopping website.”


ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

Mashable: Google I/O is back and it’s going virtual in 2021. “Not only is Google I/O actually happening this year, but it’s also free to ‘attend.’ Due to the ongoing pandemic, Google I/O 2021 will be held virtually, which is better than nothing considering the company fully cancelled the event last year.”


The Verge: Google reportedly ran secret ‘Project Bernanke’ that boosted its own ad-buying system over competitors. “Google wrote in the unredacted filing that data from Project Bernanke was ‘comparable to data maintained by other buying tools,’ according to the Journal. The company was able to access historical data about bids made through Google Ads, to change bids by its clients and boost the clients’ chances of winning auctions for ad impressions, putting rival ad tools at a disadvantage. Texas cited in court documents an internal presentation from 2013 in which Google said Project Bernanke would bring in $230 million in revenue for that year.”

Globe and Mail: Court rejects appeal by Google Canada in long-running patent case. “The 3-0 decision written by Justice Yves de Montigny said it would be better to have the central issues go ahead and be considered by the trial judge, rather than be delayed by Google’s appeal on a secondary matter. Google Canada and its parent companies are defendants in an action brought to the Federal Court in 2018 by Paid Search Engine Tools LLC, which is seeking compensation for the use of intellectual property that is covered by a Canadian patent.”


EurekAlert: Paranoia therapy app SlowMo helps people ‘slow down’ and manage their fears. “A new clinical trial from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience, in collaboration with Oxford University, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex University, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has established an innovative therapy as an effective means of treating paranoid thoughts in people experiencing psychosis.” Good morning, Internet…

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