The Conversation: How the metaverse could change the purpose and feel of cities. “As more of our daily activities take place online, we believe it’s time to consider how this may eventually play out; if tomorrow’s city dwellers prefer the metaverse to brick-and-mortar stores and other urban amenities, what will it mean for cities and what purposes will cities ultimately serve? As professors in the departments of urban environment and digital culture we delve into this question and examine how the metaverse could profoundly change our relationships with urban spaces.”
Lakeshore Public Radio: In Oregon, Neighbors Use Social Media To Offer — And Ask For — Help. “Orders to stay home leave many people glued to their screens. In rural Oregon, some people are turning their time on social media into tangible help for neighbors coping with coronavirus.”
Atlas Obscura: An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities. “THE RIVERS OF THE UNITED States have a certain lore and mystique within American culture. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these roaring waterways were home to thousands. Entire communities existed on or near the water in self-made houseboats. The history of these communities has been explored briefly in river memoirs such as Harlan Hubbard’s Shantyboat Journal, but hasn’t been thoroughly examined in a present-day context. That is, until a modern shantyboat came bobbing down the Mississippi in the summer of 2014.”
Colorado Virtual Library: The Altrurian, Montrose County’s Cooperative Newspaper, Joins the CHNC!. “The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection continues to grow as we happily welcome our newest title, The Altrurian, to our online catalog! This title is especially unique not only because it began publication even before the community it represented even existed, but also because it further adds to the narrative of communal or ‘Utopian’ societies that gained a relatively significant following in the late 19th century in Colorado. The Panic of 1893, an economic crisis that was marked by the collapse of railroad overbuilding and eventually lead to a series of bank failures, left many Americans questioning the longevity of capitalism. Many felt that they had not only been abandoned by their government, but that those in power, who capitalism favored, had taken advantage of those who had no power. In response, small groups of determined settlers elected to […]
Gisborne Herald: Google Earth tours local marae. “A 100-year-old marae just outside Gisborne has become the first to open its doors to global audiences on Google Earth. Te Pahou Marae on Matakaka No.1 block in Tuaraki Road, Manutuke, belongs to Rongowhakaata sub-tribe Ngati Maru.” One of the glorious things about ResearchBuzz is I learn so much. If you don’t know what a marae is, you can get an overview here.
YouTube is asking for help in moderating itself. “The company has announced the launch of a new, crowdsourced moderation program called ‘YouTube Heroes,’ which asks volunteers to perform tasks like flagging inappropriate content, adding captions and subtitles, and responding to questions on the YouTube Help forum, among other things.” I thought Google was making huge strides in AI etc. Why is this necessary? If you need more eyes to review what AI-based tools flag, why not hire them?
This is very interesting. Statistics Canada will launch a crowdsourcing project next month to gather information on non-residential buildings in Canada. “There are currently no accurate national-level statistics on buildings— and their attributes—that can be used to compare specific local areas. The information you submit will help to fill existing data gaps and provide new analytical opportunities that are important to data users. This project will also teach us about the possibilities and limitations of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing data collection may become a way for Statistics Canada and other organizations around the world to collect much-needed information by reaching out to citizens.”
Dunedin Public Libraries (New Zealand) is starting a huge project to digitize index cards. “The 199,000 index cards from 1851-1993 containing information from newspapers and about community groups are being uploaded online as part of a digital archive entitled ‘‘Scattered seeds – He Purapura Marara”…. Material from Dunedin land search and rescue and Dunedin marine search and rescue organisations were also being digitised and Ms [Linda] Geddes hoped other groups would do so, too.””
Digg has launched Digg Dialog. “Here’s how Digg Dialog works: When we discover and feature an exceptional article (or video), we will invite the journalist or an expert to come talk with Digg’s community. If they accept, we will schedule a Dialog and post the time and guest on our homepage. A few hours before our guest arrives, the Dialog page will go online, and you will be able to start posting questions.” Sounds like a AMA’s cousin.