Scientific Text Reuse Dataset, Zillow, Making YouTube Videos, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2023


Nature: A large dataset of scientific text reuse in Open-Access publications. “We present the Webis-STEREO-21 dataset, a massive collection of Scientific Text Reuse in Open-access publications. It contains 91 million cases of reused text passages found in 4.2 million unique open-access publications. Cases range from overlap of as few as eight words to near-duplicate publications and include a variety of reuse types, ranging from boilerplate text to verbatim copying to quotations and paraphrases.”


PR Newswire: Zillow’s new AI-powered natural-language search is a first in real estate (PRESS RELEASE.) “Now home shoppers can enter phrases like ‘$700K homes in Charlotte with a backyard’ or ‘open house near me with four bedrooms’ directly into the Zillow search bar, rather than starting with a location and having to filter their way to the homes they want. They can also save their searches and have Zillow notify them when new qualifying listings come online.”


Backstage: How to Make a YouTube Video. “With a user base of over 2 billion, YouTube is one of the best social media sites to post content if you’re looking to reach a wide audience. It’s particularly helpful for creators, actors, and performers who can use the platform to grow their careers. Making a YouTube video is a matter of making your own channel, creating unique and engaging content, and uploading videos to the platform.” This is a ridiculous outline. It’s REALLY good. When you’re ready to learn about making YouTube videos, print out this article, then take each step and search it for more in-depth guidance. Terrific work by Dacy Lim.

WIRED: How to Encrypt any File, Folder, or Drive on Your System. “How the most popular operating systems have handled encryption has changed over the years, and there are third-party tools that give you more encryption options to choose from. We’ll guide you through everything you need to know about these options to help you pick the right one.”


The Guardian: Elon Musk ‘doesn’t seem like’ right person to own Twitter, says co-founder. “Elon Musk ‘doesn’t seem like’ the right person to own Twitter, the social media platform’s co-founder has said, adding that improvements to morale and content policies at the business have been reversed under its new proprietor. In an interview with the Guardian, Biz Stone said positive changes he had helped oversee in recent years had been unwound by the Tesla chief executive.”

New York Public Library: The New York Public Library Acquires Archive of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. “The New York Public Library has acquired the archives of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. The dual collection comprises the couple’s literary and personal papers and stands as a rich testament to two of the most successful and important writers in postwar America.”

Bloomberg: Twitter’s trust and safety head ditches protocol for Elon Musk’s whims. “Twitter’s decisions are often later probed by politicians and regulators, and so they are typically made with careful documentation pointing to specific policy justifications for the action, the current and former employees say. But now, internal documentation shows a decision-making process amounting to little more than unilateral directives issued by Twitter’s new owner. In late November, an account belonging to the leftist activist Chad Loder was banned from the platform. In Twitter’s internal system, a note read, ‘Suspension: direct request from Elon Musk,’ according to a screenshot viewed by Bloomberg.”


Associated Press: Ukraine’s Odesa city put on UNESCO heritage in danger list. “The United Nations’ cultural agency decided Wednesday to add the historic center of Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa to its list of endangered World Heritage sites, recognizing ‘the outstanding universal value of the site and the duty of all humanity to protect it.’ The decision was made at an extraordinary session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Paris.”

Hartford City News-Times: Indiana lawmaker wants to tax social media apps to stop bullying, suicides. “The purpose of the bill is two-fold. Any social media platform with more than 1 million active account holders in Indiana, generates at least $1 million in ad revenue from the state and gains financially from the data created by Hoosier users would be taxed. The tax would be based on the app’s calendar year ad revenues, multiplied by 7%. The apps would also pay $1 for each active account in the state.”


The Conversation: What happens to our data when we no longer use a social media network or publishing platform?. “My peers and I built personal websites on GeoCities, blogged on LiveJournal, made friends on MySpace and hung out on Nexopia. Many of these earlier platforms and social spaces occupy large parts of youth memories. For that reason, the web has become a complex entanglement of attachment and connection. My doctoral research looks at how we have become ‘databound’ — attached to the data we have produced throughout our lives in ways we both can and cannot control. What happens to our data when we abandon a platform? What should become of it? Would you want a say?”

University of Central Florida: UCF Researchers Help Restore the Lost History of Indigenous Prisoners in St. Augustine. “During the Plains Wars of the mid-1800s, thousands of indigenous peoples were forced from their homelands. Dozens of their leaders and warriors were imprisoned over a thousand miles away from home in Fort Marion (now known as the Castillo de San Marcos) in St. Augustine, Florida. Today, UCF researchers are collaborating with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, the National Park Service, the Florida National Guard and Flagler College to help restore the lost prisoners’ experiences for their descendants and the public.”


University of Texas at Dallas: New Carbon Nanotube Yarn Harvests Mechanical Energy. “Nanotechnology researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have made novel carbon nanotube yarns that convert mechanical movement into electricity more effectively than other material-based energy harvesters… UT Dallas researchers and their collaborators describe improvements to high-tech yarns they invented called ‘twistrons,’ which generate electricity when stretched or twisted.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Was trying to read the Wireless article on encrypting files, etc but couldn’t. Seems like Wireless has gone behind a paywall and insists on a subscription before you can read an article. Sigh…

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