Postsecondary Education Value, Maine Health Inspections, San Francisco Law Enforcement, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 6, 2021


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Equitable Value Explorer is a Gamechanger in Understanding Postsecondary Value. “Institutional leaders and policymakers need to ‘know their numbers’ and have reliable, transparent, and accessible data that show the return on investment in education after high school…. This week, as part of that work, a new, innovative diagnostic tool called the Equitable Value Explorer is being released that puts the commission’s approach to defining, measuring, and acting on the definition of value into effect. This new tool – which captures earnings outcomes for students at more than 4,000 colleges and universities – allows institutions to better understand whether their students are getting ahead, simply getting by, or even falling behind.”

State of Maine: Maine CDC Makes Health Inspection Violations Available Online. “The portal is available on the Health Inspection Program (HIP) website. This portal allows the public to view inspection violations within the past three years for establishments licensed and inspected by HIP. These establishments include restaurants, take-out food vendors, mobile food vendors, lodging, B&Bs, campgrounds, youth camps, public pools/spas, and body artists such as tattooists, body piercers, micropigmentationists, and electrologists.”

KPIX: San Francisco DA Launches New Portal For Criminal Justice Data. “The office of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin revealed the new portals on its website allowing residents to access detailed criminal justice information. The recently built ‘SFDA Prosecutions of SFPD Incidents & Arrests’ dashboard tracks the number and types of incidents reported to the San Francisco Police Department that result in arrest as well as those that are prosecuted.”

NASA: NASA, USGS Release First Landsat 9 Images. “Landsat 9, a joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that launched Sept. 27, 2021, has collected its first light images of Earth. The images, all acquired Oct. 31, are available online. They provide a preview of how the mission will help people manage vital natural resources and understand the impacts of climate change, adding to Landsat’s unparalleled data record that spans nearly 50 years of space-based Earth observation.”


TechCrunch: Twitter expands API with support for posting and deleting tweets, Super Follows and more. “Twitter has been steadily updating its rebuilt API following its mid-2020 relaunch. Most recently, the company added support for Twitter Spaces to its developer platform. Today, it’s announcing support that will enable developers to build better Twitter bots by launching new end points that allow you to tweet, delete tweets, post polls, use Reply settings and tag people in images. It also now supports Super Follows functionality, so developers can build out solutions to support creators, the company says.”


Mashable: How to use Waze and Google Maps to find cheaper gas. “The U.S. national average for a gallon of gas is $3.40 — and in places like Hawaii, California, and Pennsylvania the average is over $3.50, according to AAA. There are gas tracking apps like GasBuddy, but that requires a separate search on your phone. When you’re already using Waze or Google Maps, it’s much easier to find the cheapest gas near you. Both navigation apps have gas prices built in.”

The Verge: How to print a document when you don’t own a printer. “It can be difficult to figure out what to do when you’re asked to provide a hard copy of a document but don’t have access to a printer at home. While it used to be a safe bet that everyone had a printer at home, that’s no longer the case — but if you don’t have one, odds are that at some point, you’ll come across someone who hasn’t gotten the memo and insists on a hard copy. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you’ve got options. To help, I’ve researched the various methods you can use to get a document from your computer to whoever needs it and have come up with a few tips and considerations for printing without your own printer.” One more option if you’re in a hurry: if your document is not particularly sensitive and you belong to a nice NextDoor (I know they vary a lot) you can ask there if someone can print something for you.


Ubergizmo: Hackers Used Twitch To Launder $10 Million In Stolen Credit Cards. “One of the features of Twitch is donations, where viewers can donate money to their favorite streamer to support them financially. However, it seems that this feature could have actually been used by hackers to help them launder money from stolen credit cards.”

Vanity Fair: Why Hackers Love Cracking the Art World. “Its severity notwithstanding, news of the breach certainly gave pause to every dealer who had ever participated in Art Basel or any of its global spin-offs—the art market serving as a nexus of money, fame, and power and all. This is some potentially primo data.”


Western Producer: Project creates one-stop genetics database. “A unified digital platform will organize information from separate breed-specific databases under one system, allowing it to be easily accessed via devices such as smartphones.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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