National Fisherman Photography, VenomMaps, United Facts of America, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2022


National Fisherman: The National Fisherman Collection: Penobscot Marine Museum. “National Fisherman is the nation’s preeminent publication in the commercial fishing industry, originally a consolidation of earlier, regional fisheries trade papers. In 2012, Diversified Communications of Portland, ME, donated the magazine’s entire pre-digital photographic archive to the Penobscot Marine Museum. After three years of digitally capturing and describing the comprehensive photo archives of National Fisherman magazine, we’ve come to the effective end of the project.”

Clemson News: Where are the venomous snakes? An app created by a Clemson scientist can tell you. “[Rhett] Rautsaw created VenomMaps, a database and web application containing updated distribution maps and niche models for all 158 pit viper species living in North, Central and South America. Pit vipers are a group of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths. While Rautsaw needed the information for his evolutionary biology research, the maps provide vital information for conservation efforts, citizen scientists and medical professionals.”


Poynter: Poynter and PolitiFact announce speakers for United Facts of America. “The virtual celebration of facts will stream Sept. 27-29 and offer sessions with keynote speakers that bring voters context and clarity on the country’s most pressing issues leading up to the midterm elections like inflation, privacy, climate change, misinformation and more.”


The Verge: Twitter tests a special tag to highlight phone number-verified accounts. “Elon Musk’s bot-baiting aside, Twitter has had many people call for changes to how it identifies accounts and what can be done to call out which ones are more legit than others. Now engineer Jane Manchun Wong has dug up a Twitter label that would put a mark on accounts with a verified phone number.”

9to5 Google: Google releases ‘Online Insights Study’ app on the Play Store. “Google’s newest Android app on the Play Store is called ‘Online Insights Study’ to allow ‘registered users to participate in market research.’ A site attached to the Play Store listing explains that the “Online Insights Study is a research project conducted by Google.'”


Gizmodo AU: Every Time Your Data Is Sent to Google, This Linux Add-on Beeps to Warn You . “This add-on for Linux operating systems lets you know whenever Google receives your data with a sound effect. Listed on Github as ‘Googerteller’, the Linux add-on gives you ‘audible feedback on just how much your browsing feeds into Google.’ When it is in action, it sounds a bit like a geiger counter.”


Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Awards Nearly $1.2 Million in Grants to Texas Libraries. “Selected Texas libraries will soon undertake new projects with funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). Workforce development resources, tools for promoting tech literacy and a wide range of impactful community programs topped the list of grant proposals recently approved by TSLAC. Agency commissioners awarded 42 library grants totaling $1,168,717 for numerous Texas libraries and institutions of higher education at their July 29 meeting in Austin.”

New York Times: How Dan Price’s Social Media Fame Fueled Abuse Allegations. “Mr. Price’s internet fame has enabled a pattern of abuse in his personal life and hostile behavior at his company, interviews with more than 50 people, documents and police reports show. He has used his celebrity to pursue women online who say he hurt them, both physically and emotionally. Ms. [Kacie] Margis is one of more than a dozen women who spoke to The New York Times about predatory encounters with Mr. Price.”


Yahoo Finance: Elon Musk demands Jack Dorsey turn over Twitter info on fake accounts. “On Monday, attorneys for Musk filed court documents showing they had issued a subpoena requiring Dorsey to share documents on Twitter’s fake accounts, an issue at the heart of Musk’s rationale for backing out of the $44 billion agreement to acquire the company.” Jack Dorsey stepped down as Twitter CEO last November and completely left the company in May, so I’m not sure what this is trying to accomplish.

Internet Archive Blog: Launching Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining – Cross Border (LLTDM-X) . “NEH funding for the project, entitled Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining – Cross Border (LLTDM-X), will support research and analysis that addresses law and policy issues faced by U.S. digital humanities practitioners whose text data mining research and practice intersects with foreign-held or licensed content, or involves international research collaborations.”


Newswise: Big Data in the ER . “Scientists from the Department of Traumatology and Acute Critical Medicine at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine developed an AI algorithm to predict the risk of mortality for patients suffering a major injury.”


Associated Press: New space telescope shows Jupiter’s auroras and tiny moons. “Scientists released the shots of the solar system’s biggest planet on Monday. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze.” Good morning, Internet…

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