Teen Vogue: How Social Media Affects Crime Investigations

Teen Vogue (yes, really): How Social Media Affects Crime Investigations. “On September 12, 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a walk-in hotel freezer in Rosemont, Illinois, where she had been at a party. Nearly one month after the fact, the Cook County medical examiner ruled her death an accident, despite thousands of social media users insisting otherwise. News of Kenneka’s death went viral almost immediately after becoming public, and amateur sleuths quickly got to work trying to solve the mystery of what happened. Social media was flooded not only with sadness and well-wishes, but also with analyses of social media videos, conspiracy theories, and personal accusations, which have continued for weeks.”

University of Iowa: Fanzines of science fiction, fantasy and horror available to read and transcribe

University of Iowa: Fanzines of science fiction, fantasy and horror available to read and transcribe. “What would you do with thousands of fragile leaflets, known as fanzines, that chronicle the history of science fiction? Such fanzines hold rich information too valuable to sit untouched, yet the materials cannot be handled without risking destruction. At the University of Iowa Libraries, a digitization project is underway to save a large, notable zine collection.”

NiemanLab: The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?

NiemanLab: The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?. “[Meredith] Broussard and colleague Katherine Boss, the librarian for journalism, media, culture, and communication at NYU, are working on a workflow and on building tools to help organizations effectively and efficiently preserve their big data journalism projects, and putting together a scholarly archive of data journalism projects.”

MIT: Targeted, crowdsourced aid for Mexican earthquake victims

MIT: Targeted, crowdsourced aid for Mexican earthquake victims. “On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. More than 3,000 structures were damaged in Mexico City alone, according to news reports. The disaster galvanized Mexican students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) to construct a crowdsourcing platform designed to link those in need of help with volunteers best positioned to assist with specific needs.”

Universe Today: Hey Citizen Scientists! Help NASA Analyze Images Taken From The Space Station

Universe Today: Hey Citizen Scientists! Help NASA Analyze Images Taken From The Space Station. “Calling all citizen scientists, geography buffs, fans of the International Space Station and those who love that orbital perspective! CosmoQuest has a brand new project in coordination with NASA and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) where you can help identify features in photographs taken by astronauts from the space station.”

Library of Congress: Library Launches labs.loc.gov

Library of Congress: Library Launches labs.loc.gov. “The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations from leaders in the field.”

Share Your Digital Photos: Hurricane Irma (Florida Memory)

Florida Memory: Share Your Digital Photos: Hurricane Irma. “Now that Irma has passed, it will be remembered alongside Camille, Andrew, and Charley as one of many hurricanes that have shaped Florida’s history. Help the State Archives preserve that history by donating your digital images of preparation, damage, volunteers, shelters, recovery and other effects of this event. To learn more about donations, please see below.”