Kotaku: GTA VI’s Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Using MS Paint, Google Earth, And Maths

Kotaku: GTA VI’s Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Using MS Paint, Google Earth, And Maths. “Previously this week, early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto game, assumed to be Grand Theft Auto VI, leaked all over the internet. You probably already know about all that. Since then, it’s become harder to find the leaked footage, and sites — including Kotaku — aren’t able to showcase footage or screenshots from the leaks. But that hasn’t stopped a dedicated group of GTA fans from coming together in various places in an effort to map out as much of the new Vice City and its surroundings as they can using maths, MS Paint, Google Earth, and teamwork.”

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals. “The Justice Initiative Fund focuses its efforts only on war-crimes suspects officially ‘wanted’ by Ukrainian or foreign authorities. It states that it is ‘against vigilantism’ and doesn’t order assassinations of suspects. Instead, it seeks information it can verify and pass along to law enforcement to facilitate an arrest, as well as ‘previously unknown evidence of the crimes of the wanted person.’”

Northumbria University: Major New Project To Reveal New Insights Into 19th Century British And Other Immigrant Sailors In The U.S. Navy

Northumbria University: Major New Project To Reveal New Insights Into 19th Century British And Other Immigrant Sailors In The U.s. Navy. “The ‘Civil War Bluejackets’ Project—so named because of the distinctive uniform worn by U.S. Civil War sailors—is a collaboration between historians at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and computer scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Koblenz-Landau. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project launches on 6 September 2022 with a call for citizen volunteers to help transcribe tens of thousands of Civil War “Muster Rolls”, documents that were carried on board U.S. ships and which capture the personal details of the c.118,000 men who fought on water for the Union between 1861 and 1865.”

New York Times: A Panorama of Design

New York Times: A Panorama of Design. “Coming to the rescue of leaflets, typefaces and ticket stubs is the People’s Graphic Design Archive, a crowdsourced database that recently went live after eight years of development. The digital archive, which currently contains about 5,000 items, allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to upload — and thereby keep — any piece of ephemera.”

PBS: Not all scientists wear lab coats. Volunteers are fueling research nationwide

PBS: Not all scientists wear lab coats. Volunteers are fueling research nationwide. “There’s a term for people who contribute to this knowledge purely out of love of the game: citizen scientists. And opportunities to get involved with federally run or sponsored initiatives — from mapping mosquito habitats with smartphones to tallying up plastic pellets spotted on the beach — have only expanded over time.”

WIRED: A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes

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.”

Engadget: ‘PowerWash Simulator’ players can now aid mental health research

Engadget: ‘PowerWash Simulator’ players can now aid mental health research. “PowerWash Simulator players can now take part in a research project that looks at the links between gaming and mental health. Developer FuturLab has teamed up with independent researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute for what it calls a ‘a one-of-a-kind anonymous research study centered around the wellbeing of PowerWash Simulator’s players.’”

West African Manuscripts Crowdsourcing Project Fellowship: Call now open (British Library Endangered Archives Blog)

British Library Endangered Archives Blog: West African Manuscripts Crowdsourcing Project Fellowship: Call now open. “We are delighted to be partnering with Chevening to offer a professional development fellowship. The Chevening Fellow will develop a community crowdsourcing project to improve the discoverability of approximately 10,000 digitised West African manuscripts within the EAP collections. We are keen to ensure these manuscripts are assigned titles in Arabic script, making them more accessible to local researchers.”

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene . “In 2021, Europeana’s Research Grants Programme awarded funding for innovative projects exploring crowdsourcing and research. What did the winners achieve? We hear from Ulrike Sturm, Scientific Officer Innovation for Nature and Society at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, who spoke on behalf of the project team.”

Shetland News: Team behind new online dictionary of Shaetlan hopes for lively community participation

Shetland News: Team behind new online dictionary of Shaetlan hopes for lively community participation . “SPEAKERS of the local language now have the chance to actively help collect and record words and phrases relevant to Shaetlan, thanks to a new initiative by language group I Hear Dee. Creating an interactive dictionary with the help of the local community also enables the new online tool to become a representative snapshot of contemporary local speech as it will include local versions of today’s words and expressions.” Shaetlan is a dialect of Scots spoken in Shetland. Shetland is an archipelago in the extreme north of Scotland.

#LastSeen: Searching for forgotten photographs of Nazi deportations (University of Southern California)

University of Southern California: #LastSeen: Searching for forgotten photographs of Nazi deportations . “USC Dornsife’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research is the only non-German partner in the first major international initiative to gather and analyze images showing Nazi deportations during World War II — and they want the public’s help.”