New York Times: Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus. “Chinese citizens are overcoming a lack of reporting on the crisis in the state-run media by sharing their own videos and information about the coronavirus outbreak.”
ESPN: How the internet helped crack the Astros’ sign-stealing case. “During MLB’s three-month investigation, the public scrutiny was unprecedented, a baseball scandal — itself about technology — unfolding in real time, with more incriminating evidence seemingly uncovered on Twitter by the hour. Not just fans and journalists but players — and league officials — noticed. The internet’s social media sleuthing skills played a crucial role in shaping the investigation, dramatically reducing the time the league needed to comb through video for evidence, league sources tell ESPN. While the activity online shot a jolt of adrenaline into the baseball fan community, it was also helping to shape MLB’s first uniquely 21st century scandal.”
Hindustan Times: How crowdsourced archives are making Indian history personal and accessible. “Online initiatives such as the Indian Memory Project, The Citizen’s Archive of India (CAI) and 1947 Partition Archives, along with Instagram handles – Brown History and Gulf South Asia, SOAS Postcards – present history in an accessible, unacademic form. They combine an ever-increasing interest in personal stories with modern storytelling techniques to document bygone times.”
New York Times: Wanted: A Home for Three Million Records. “Housed in a nondescript building in TriBeCa is the Archive of Contemporary Music, a nonprofit founded in 1985. It is one of the world’s largest collections of popular music, with more than three million recordings, as well as music books, vintage memorabilia and press kits. For point of comparison, the Library of Congress estimates that it also holds nearly three million sound recordings…. Rent in the neighborhood has continued to rise, challenging the organization to stay on budget, said Bob George, the founder and director of the archive. Recently, Mr. George reached an agreement with his landlord to get out of his lease early. He has until June to find another space.”
PRNewswire: GroupChips. com Launches Golf Puns Website – Announces Pun Contest (PRESS RELEASE). “GroupChips.com, the creator of an innovative social media platform for golf instruction has rolled out a new website to create an online database of golf related puns. The website, at https://golfpuns.com, will begin displaying puns in January 2020, but is currently accepting pun submissions from anyone who thinks they are clever and funny!”
Science: New website aims to gather all those camera trap mugs of wildlife. “Wildlife Insights will allow users to upload camera trap images and then have software powered by artificial intelligence analyze them. Users will be able to ask the system to search for their animal of interest, and all of the images will be publicly available. That could be a huge help to researchers, Kinnaird says, saving time and putting a global data set within easy reach.” I spent a few minutes playing with this, and for the most part it’s pretty good, but I really doubt there’s a camera in North Carolina capturing pictures of white-nosed coati. Call me cynical.
Harvard Business Review: Why Crowdsourcing Often Leads to Bad Ideas. “Why do many crowdsourced ideas turn out so bad, and what can firms do about it? My recent research finds that it comes down to understanding the motivations of crowd members. The research drew on qualitative and quantitative data from InnoCentive — one of the largest global crowdsourcing platforms for innovation.”