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.”

Neowin: Microsoft Teams announces a slew of back to school improvements

Neowin: Microsoft Teams announces a slew of back to school improvements. “The back-to-school season is rapidly approaching, and Microsoft is gearing up its education tools for the upcoming school year. The company today announced a ton of improvements that have already arrived or are coming soon to Microsoft Teams for Education.”

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’.”

Data Driven Journalism: New database showcases collaborative journalism from around the world

Data Driven Journalism: New database showcases collaborative journalism from around the world. “The database launched in early January. It contains information about more than 150 journalism collaborations around the world, and features information including when the collaboration started, who was involved, funding sources, the tools that newsrooms used, and whether the collaboration had a formal arrangement in place or someone in charge of the efforts.”

KQED: Meet Me in the Google Doc For, Uh… a Performance?

KQED: Meet Me in the Google Doc For, Uh… a Performance?. “Even for those who believe wholeheartedly in the software’s claim to ‘bring documents to life,’ Google Docs remains for the most part a working space, a place for orderly rows of facts and figures on a white piece of digital paper. But artists are here to challenge that conventional use — and, let’s be honest, all conventions — with a knowing nod to the document’s inherent power. Documents of the Future: Invitation to Edit, a one-night-only event on Sept. 9 at Oakland’s CTRL+SHFT Collective, presents individual performances (some on-site, some live streaming) and one collaborative performance all addressing the ‘unstable and transformative nature of documents.'”

TechCrunch: Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions

TechCrunch: Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions. “When Slack implemented threaded conversations, it seemed like the holy grail for internal communications. Slack finally lets you talk about multiple things in separate conversations. But Slack remains a real-time messaging service at heart, so threads don’t feel native. It works well for many teams, but some companies would prefer something a bit more asynchronous and focused. At the same time, it should be more interactive than emails. That’s why Twist is starting over from scratch and taking a different approach by focusing on threads and borrowing some of Slack’s best ideas.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover

Social Media Examiner: How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover. “Want to reach more people with your Instagram stories? Have you considered hosting an Instagram Story takeover to grow a larger following? Collaborating with highly engaged Instagram users will introduce their followers to your content. In this article, you’ll discover how to plan and execute an Instagram Story takeover.”

CNET: Facebook offers Workplace, its Slack rival, for free

CNET: Facebook offers Workplace, its Slack rival, for free. “In October, the social network unveiled Workplace, a paid collaboration service for the, well, workplace. On Wednesday, the company said it’s beginning to test a new free version to expand its user base. Now, the free tier is called Workplace Standard, and the paid one is Workplace Premium.”