Screen Rant: Disney’s Toontown Is Being Preserved By Fans For Its 18th Birthday

Screen Rant: Disney’s Toontown Is Being Preserved By Fans For Its 18th Birthday. “Toontown Rewritten’s Preservation Project serves as a fan-made online time capsule for the beloved game in conjunction with the playable modern remake, Toontown Rewritten, created by the same team of fans by repurposing original assets and redeveloping servers. While Rewritten was successful in recreating the original charisma and wonderfully colorful visual style of Toontown, this project seeks to archive the history of the production and culture of the MMO. The archive lets fans explore photographs of special-edition Toontown merchandise, newsletters, concept art, and even previews of web pages from the original Toontown site.”

UN AIDS: Republic of Moldova is pioneering high-tech community-led monitoring

UN AIDS: Republic of Moldova is pioneering high-tech community-led monitoring. “The Republic of Moldova has launched an online platform, ScorecardHIV, to measure progress in the country’s HIV response. The new tool includes indicators and data on epidemiology, funding and procurement, programmes, human rights and community-led services. It will allow governmental institutions, health programme managers, HIV service organizations, communities and other stakeholders to track the progress and assess the effectiveness of HIV programmes in the country. A data filtering system allows the customization of indicators in accordance with the user’s interests and needs.”

Europeana XX: Subtitle-a-thon Challenge Warsaw (Europeana Pro)

Europeana Pro: Europeana XX: Subtitle-a-thon Challenge Warsaw. “The National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA) and The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster Warsaw invite you to the first of four subtitle-a-thons focused on audiovisual heritage. The kick-off of the subtitle-a-thon takes place on Saturday, June 12th at 11.00 CET with a two hour introductory session, and will run online for seven days with a closing session on Friday, June 18th at 17.00 CET.”

From Avocet to Zebra Finch: big data study finds more than 50 billion birds in the world (Phys .org)

Phys .org: From Avocet to Zebra Finch: big data study finds more than 50 billion birds in the world. “There are roughly 50 billion individual birds in the world, a new big data study by UNSW Sydney suggests—about six birds for every human on the planet. The study—which bases its findings on citizen science observations and detailed algorithms—estimates how many birds belong to 9700 different bird species, including flightless birds like emus and penguins.”

EurekAlert: Social media and science show how ship’s plastic cargo dispersed from Florida to Norway

EurekAlert: Social media and science show how ship’s plastic cargo dispersed from Florida to Norway. “A ship’s container lost overboard in the North Atlantic has resulted in printer cartridges washing up everywhere from the coast of Florida to northern Norway, a new study has shown. It has also resulted in the items weathering to form microplastics that are contaminated with a range of metals such as titanium, iron and copper.”

Popular Science: 9 cool ways your family can help scientists collect data

Popular Science: 9 cool ways your family can help scientists collect data. “Anyone with an interest in a project or topic, no matter their age or education level, can be a citizen scientist. It can be as simple as uploading a photo of a bird to an app, or as complex as building your own weather station and submitting detailed daily readings to an online database. It can be rewarding too, as this work has real impact and the number of studies using data from citizen science projects is on the rise.”

Crack: DJ and Intervention founder Ifeoluwa is launching a digital archive for underground music

Crack: DJ and Intervention founder Ifeoluwa is launching a digital archive for underground music. “Taking to Twitter, Ifeoluwa – real name Yewande Adeniran – wrote, ‘Hi everyone! I’m starting a digital archive for underground dance / experimental music. I’m looking for people to submit their favourite DJs, producers and composers, both established and newcomers, sesh stories, best night outs, photos and any memorabilia. From any year!’”

AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard (BBC)

BBC: AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning exist on the back of a lot of hard work from humans. Alongside the scientists, there are thousands of low-paid workers whose job it is to classify and label data – the lifeblood of such systems. But increasingly there are questions about whether these so-called ghost workers are being exploited. As we train the machines to become more human, are we actually making the humans work more like machines?”

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends. “University of Michigan researchers will enlist the help of citizen scientists in a new project to digitize thousands of historical records—some dating back more than a century—about Michigan inland lake conditions and fish abundances. Scientists will feed the digitized data into computer models to study the impacts of climate change and other factors on the fish in Michigan’s inland lakes.”

KMBC: There’s an app that will help track this year’s cicada emergence in many states

KMBC: There’s an app that will help track this year’s cicada emergence in many states. “Coming in late April or early May, the largest hoard of 17-year cicadas ever will emerge from their underground homes in dozens of states across the U.S. Researchers are asking you not to ignore the whistling and buzzing mating calls this year, but instead, photograph and identify where they’re found.”

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans

Radio Connecting Vets: Military Women’s Memorial wants to hear from women veterans. “Women who have served in the U.S. armed forces have stories to tell — and the Military Women’s Memorial wants to help share them. The MWM recently launched a partnership with PenFed Credit Union to encourage military women and their families to preserve their experiences and submit their stories to the Military Women’s Memorial national registry.”

YouTube Community Contributions Archive Now Available: A Look at the Stats (DataHorde)

DataHorde: YouTube Community Contributions Archive Now Available: A Look at the Stats. “The YouTube Community Contributions Archive is now available on the Internet Archive! You can download the entire collection, or simply search for and download files for a particular video. The collection is composed of 4096 ZIP archives which contain 406,394 folders and 1,361,998 files. Compressed, the collection is 3.83GB, and once decompressed, the collection is 9.46GB.”

ProBono Australia: The resource hub recharging Australian volunteering

ProBono Australia: The resource hub recharging Australian volunteering. “Volunteering Australia is launching an online resource hub to help reignite and strengthen Australian volunteering in a post-pandemic world. The hub brings together over 350 templates, videos, guides, and research to support volunteer managers to re-engage volunteers after COVID-19, manage the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers, and recruit younger volunteers.”

New York Times: Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That

New York Times: Squealing Children and Noisy Neighbors? There’s a Map for That. “The website, DQN Today, describes itself as a crowdsourced guide to help house hunters avoid neighborhoods inhabited by ‘stupid parents who let their children play on roads and parking lots.’ It is populated by maps visualizing the dorozoku, or ‘road tribe,’ a term that applies to people who block the way or wreak havoc in public.”

Atlas Obscura: California’s Elusive Urban Lizards Can’t Hide From Citizen Scientists

Atlas Obscura: California’s Elusive Urban Lizards Can’t Hide From Citizen Scientists. “AS A LIZARD-LOVING KID GROWING up in the San Francisco Bay area, Greg Pauly sometimes found himself running an accidental rehabilitation center for wayward reptiles out of his parents’ house. One neighbor wasn’t particularly sold on the squamates that lived around her yard, he recalls, but her cats, Crackers, Peepers, and Stinkers, kept intercepting them and delivering them to her. Pauly remembers that she paid him a dollar to take the unwelcome gifts off her hands, so he adopted the ‘three-legged, no tail’ lizards as pets.”