WIRED: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes. “Fires, by their very nature, are very difficult to track in real time. They can burn quickly, in every direction, and often rage in deeply wooded rural areas that are largely inaccessible. Official emergency responders, overworked and strapped by a lack of resources, struggle to fight fires and keep the public informed about a blaze’s every move…. That’s where volunteers on social media have come in. People in Facebook groups and on Fire Twitter have built whole communities of vigilant fire watchers who try to share accurate and timely fire info with the public.”
Wired: 20 Years After 9/11, Surveillance Has Become a Way of Life. “It’s harder to get lost amid constant tracking. It’s also harder to freely gather when the public spaces between home and work are stripped away. Known as third places, they are the connective tissue that stitches together the fabric of modern communities: the public park where teens can skateboard next to grandparents playing chess, the library where children can learn to read and unhoused individuals can find a digital lifeline. When third places vanish, as they have since the attacks, communities can falter.”
#CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery (Irish Examiner)
Irish Examiner: #CoronavirusSolidarity diary: Florist gives flowers ‘free of charge’ to Glasnevin Cemetery. “In the days and weeks ahead we will be highlighting for posterity those stories which capture the unique community spirit of Ireland’s repsonse to the ongoing crisis. Please let us know about community initiatives which have been set up to offer support to those most impacted by the crisis or examples of people who are going above and beyond the call of duty. Tag us at @irishexaminer and use #CoronavirusSolidarity.” Up to four parts, and a lovely read if you’re feeling down.
U of Nevada, Las Vegas: A new research tool created by University Libraries helps the world discover more connections among the region’s Jewish community.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: A new research tool created by University Libraries helps the world discover more connections among the region’s Jewish community.. “Navigator is an online research browser that uses linked data embedded in the Libraries’ Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project digital collection to create visualized links between people, organizations, and communities; allowing users to physically see relationships as well as observe how those connections have evolved over time.”
New-to-Me: An online archive/aggregation of closed pubs. I think this is pubs in the UK only. There are over 30,000 pubs listed here with over 15,000 images. Not all the closures are recent, either – I saw the Good Intent, which closed in 1919.