Cornell University: Tear down academic silos: Take an ‘undisciplinary’ approach

Cornell University: Tear down academic silos: Take an ‘undisciplinary’ approach. “Solving societal problems such as climate change could require dismantling rigid academic boundaries, so that researchers from varying disciplines could work together collaboratively – through an ‘undisciplinary’ approach, a new Cornell study suggests. Instead of rallying around a specific mission, it’s best to incorporate a human approach and fixate on the process to find solutions. The work published May 16 in Nature’s Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.”

The National Archives (UK): The National Archives and Arts Council England embark on a new three-year collaboration

The National Archives (UK): The National Archives and Arts Council England embark on a new three-year collaboration. “The National Archives and Arts Council England are pleased to announce that they have signed a collaboration agreement until 2024, building on a long history of mutual support. Archives, libraries and museums are closely connected in their work and our two organisations have many shared values and goals.”

University of New Mexico: Scholars seek greater collaboration among zoos and museums

University of New Mexico: Scholars seek greater collaboration among zoos and museums. “The animal collections housed at zoos and natural history museums — living specimens in the first case, preserved in the other — constitute an exhaustive trove of information about Earth’s biodiversity. Yet, zoos and museums rarely share data with each other. A new paper published in the journal BioScience lays out a pathway to increasing collaboration that would enhance our understanding of the animal kingdom. “

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel: Historic Agreement Signed Between National Archives of the UAE and the National Library of Israel. “The National Archives (NA) of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem have signed an historic memorandum of understanding, which ‘commits the two organizations to work together in support of mutual and separate goals and for the benefit of the international cultural and documentary heritage sector,’ according to the agreement signed by the institutions’ directors.”

IAEA Data Animation: INIS Scientific Database Evolution Proves Power of Global Cooperation (International Atomic Energy Agency)

International Atomic Energy Agency: IAEA Data Animation: INIS Scientific Database Evolution Proves Power of Global Cooperation. “All for one and one for all: A new IAEA data animation demonstrates the power of global scientific collaboration, charting the 50-year evolution of the Agency’s International Nuclear Information System (INIS) into one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of scientific and technological literature which is now visited by around 8000 researchers every day. The animation shows the Repository’s exponential growth over five decades, breaking down the contributions by country and international organization.”

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?. “Decades of research have shown that diverse organizations are more engaged and able to develop creative solutions to problems. The more diverse voices in the room, the more likely meaningful innovation will happen. But diversity is not the same as inclusion. Not everyone attending a meeting feels empowered to share their best ideas or offer opinions they feel the group may not want to hear. Can virtual meetings level the playing field? Not usually.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Apps for Creative People and Teams to Collaborate Digitally

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Apps for Creative People and Teams to Collaborate Digitally. “Creative teams depend on the free and easy flow of ideas to collaborate and inspire new thoughts. When you have to work digitally, these free apps help foster creativity and brainstorm fresh ideas. The most obvious starting point for creative brainstorming is to use a mind-mapping tool. This article won’t go into that because we’ve already reviewed the best free mind-mapping apps for single users or teams. Instead, we’ll focus on tools that ease creative collaboration across a range of fields, like design, writing, music, and more.”

Tech Voice Africa: Hacklab Foundation Launches Open Database to Facilitate COVID-19 Combat Project Collaboration

Tech Voice Africa: Hacklab Foundation Launches Open Database to Facilitate COVID-19 Combat Project Collaboration. “The Hacklab Foundation has launched an Open Database to facilitate the collaboration between teams, individuals and organizations working of projects aimed at alleviating COVID-19 in Ghana. This open database will address the challenge of project duplication, access to financing and speed to market. Funding organizations can quickly browse through projects and reach out directly to collaborate. Countries seeking similar innovations to combat COVID-19 can also reference this database for free.”

CMX Hub: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

CMX Hub: A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak.”Virtual conferences can be quite powerful, and scale to many thousands of attendees that would be very difficult to gather in-person. And online meetups and roundtables give your members an opportunity to have intimate discussions from the comfort of their home. Are they the same? No. But they do have unique benefits. So while this is a *really* difficult time for a lot of community teams and event organizers, you can also look at this as an opportunity to build your chops on running virtual events. Who knows, you might decide to keep hosting them as a complement to your physical events long after we’ve found a Covid-19 vaccine!”

CNET: Facebook’s new card-playing bot shows AI can work with others

CNET: Facebook’s new card-playing bot shows AI can work with others. “Facebook has already built artificial intelligence-powered bots that can crush pros in popular games such as Texas Hold’Em poker and the board game Go. On Friday, the company’s AI researchers said they’ve conquered another challenge: creating a bot that can achieve high scores in a card game called Hanabi that involves teamwork.”

Poynter: Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that.

Poynter: Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that. . “It sounds like an arcane, almost bureaucratic problem, but the structure of data journalism is often a Wild West in need of a lasso. Data journalists rely on multiple programming languages and countless processes and techniques to get their jobs done — rendering collaboration between newsrooms or even individual journalists an exercise in translation. It makes sense that the Associated Press, a newsroom that exists to work with other newsrooms, would want to solve this problem. Last week, the AP unveiled AP Datakit, a free and open source tool built to make it easier for newsrooms and journalists to collaborate on data journalism.”

Making Collaborative Data Projects Easier: Our New Tool, Collaborate, Is Here (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Making Collaborative Data Projects Easier: Our New Tool, Collaborate, Is Here. “Collaborations are a major part of ProPublica’s approach to journalism, and in the past few years we’ve run several large-scale collaborative projects, including Electionland and Documenting Hate. Along the way, we’ve created software to manage and share the large pools of data used by our hundreds of newsrooms partners. As part of a Google News Initiative grant this year, we’ve beefed up that software and made it open source so that anybody can use it.”

NDTV: National Digital Library To Collaborate With Top Digital Libraries Of World

NDTV: National Digital Library To Collaborate With Top Digital Libraries Of World. “The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is all set to collaborate with several top digital libraries form across the world. Giving this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh said that NDLI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with British Library for integrating contents of its ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print Project’.”