Ohio Dance, Makerbook, ESRB Family Gaming Guide, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 10, 2022


New-to-me, from WOUB: ‘Ohio: A State of Dance’ profiles pioneers of dance in the buckeye state. “Since 2016, OhioDance has been documenting and contextualizing the rich history and contemporary presence of dance throughout the state with their Virtual Dance Collection. The Virtual Dance Collection is an interactive, online museum of sorts – featuring profiles of the various prominent movers and shakers in the field of dance in Ohio.”

Spotted on Reddit: Makerbook. It’s a specialty search engine for finding woodworking, metal fabrication, or blacksmithing shops in your area that will let you rent the use of their space/tools. The advanced search is decent, allowing you to filter by tool or experience level, but I don’t see any kind of About page or changelog as more information is added to the site.

Game Developer: The ESRB debuts a “family gaming guide” to aid parent game purchases. “It’s notable that the Family Gaming Guide offers much more nuance and explanation for parents befuddled by the intricacies of modern online games. ESRB ratings don’t generally directly cover concepts like microtransactions, loot boxes, or possibly toxic online chat. This guide breaks these topics (and others) out into a number of sections that can’t be summed up in a rating.”

KCCI: 300 missing Iowans: Iowa DPS relaunches missing person website. “The Iowa Department of Public Safety says more than 300 Iowans are currently missing. Iowa DPS is launching a new website, hoping this makes identifying and locating missing people easier.”


NiemanLab: An incomplete history of as a platform for scams, grift, and bad journalism. “Forbes’ staff of journalists could produce great work, sure. But there were only so many of them, and they cost a lot of money. Why not open the doors to to a swarm of outside ‘contributors’ — barely vetted, unedited, expected to produce at quantity, and only occasionally paid? (Some contributors received a monthly flat fee — a few hundred bucks — if they wrote a minimum number of pieces per month, with money above that possible for exceeding traffic targets. Others received nothing but the glory.)”

The New Times (Rwanda): Ibuka in drive to build digital genocide archive. “The umbrella body of the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Ibuka has embarked on a project to electronically store the archives related to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Components of the project will mainly include the content of different electronic documents, books and other devices that provide more details on how genocide was prepared and executed.”

Variety: Motown Records and Google Launch Program to Elevate Women of Color in Music Industry. “The Motown Records Creator Program Supported by Google will find and fund the next outstanding woman content creator, videographer, or creative producer/director and offer an opportunity to collaborate with Motown Records’ executives and its roster of artists, including TianaMajor9.”


Daily Beast: Hipster Couple Charged in $4.5 Billion Crypto Heist Is Even Weirder Than You Think. “Bitcoin. NFTs. A PPP loan. And a rapping tech entrepreneur. A New York City couple were arrested Tuesday morning by federal agents on charges of laundering some $4.5 billion stolen in a massive 2016 cryptocurrency exchange breach. As might be expected in 2022, the latest federal law enforcement takedown features the buzziest of buzz-worthy themes—as well as some pretty awful rap lyrics.”

Motherboard: VIDEO: Ukraine Busts Alleged Russian Bot Farm Using Thousands of SIM Cards. “Ukraine’s Security Service said it has shut down a troll farm in the city of Lviv. ‘The SSU cyber specialists uncovered and dismantled two bot farms in Lviv with a total capacity of 18,000 fake accounts,’ an SSU press release said.” Know how many people are needed to control two bot farms with a total capacity of 18,000 fake accounts? Three.


Radio Iowa: U-I wins grant for health stories project. “A project-based at the University of Iowa has won a national grant to launch a digital library for demonstrating the importance of stories about health. The narratives will teach people how to gather personal stories about health — in English and Spanish. Codirector Daena Goldsmith says the project has the ability to improve patients’ lives and improve health care provider morale, especially during a pandemic.”

CNBC: TikTok shares your data more than any other social media app — and it’s unclear where it goes, study says. “Two of your social media apps could be collecting a lot of data on you — and you might not like what one of them is doing with it. That’s according to a recent study, published last month by mobile marketing company URL Genius, which found that YouTube and TikTok track users’ personal data more than any other social media apps.”

American Astronomical Society: New Tool Launches for Astronomy Software Users. “Astronomers rely on scientific software to analyze data sets and model complex astrophysical objects and phenomena. But as the collection of astronomy-related software grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for scientists to discover relevant packages for data analysis, determine which software version was used in a specific study, or provide credit to the developer of the software used for a scientific discovery. Asclepias combines different platforms to make these tasks possible.” Good morning, Internet…

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