BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Suretypedia, the free encyclopedia for surety bonds, launches a major upgrade to https://www.suretypedia.com/, which provides a brand new interface and allows surety experts to contribute articles, update information and submit forms on its vast encyclopedia of surety bonds. The new home page provides users a dashboard to easily navigate the thousands of dedicated surety bond pages, browse featured articles, news, upcoming events and legislative updates affecting the surety industry.”

MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections

MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections. “The FDA and National Institutes of Health are tapping the clinical community and a newly launched mobile platform in its search for novel infectious disease interventions. Called CURE ID, the online data repository will allow clinicians to report instances in which existing FDA-approved drugs are used to successfully treat infections.”

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science. “The fact that we can learn the story of a 22-year-old goose today is due to a large effort to digitize millions of avian profiles from paper and microfilm. Contractors did much of the labor, but a group of college-aged students also played a significant role by uploading 500,000 Bird Banding Laboratory records. The contractors made $1 per record. The students, who were autistic, earned nothing.”

William & Mary: ‘Hamilton’ heightens interest in King George III

William & Mary: ‘Hamilton’ heightens interest in King George III. “This month marks five years since England’s Royal Archives opened its collections from the Georgian monarchy to the public. By providing online access to these materials, scholars and historians around the globe are making new discoveries about the Georgian kings, and specifically about King George III…. Faced with nearly a half million pages of text to be transcribed, W&M Libraries is turning to the community for help.”

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins . “The project aims to develop an interactive digital map of past and present inequities in Charlottesville, and its first layer will show housing discrimination origins by plotting every deed in the City that contains a racially restrictive covenant — clauses within property deeds that restricted the sale of properties to only white residents and often explicitly prohibited sales to African-Americans.”

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Quantifying the contribution of citizen science to broad‐scale ecological databases

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Quantifying the contribution of citizen science to broad‐scale ecological databases. “Ecological research increasingly relies on broad‐scale databases containing information collected by personnel from a variety of sources, including government agencies, universities, and citizen‐science programs. However, the contribution of citizen‐science programs to these databases is not well known. We analyzed one such database to quantify the contribution of citizen science to lake water‐quality data from seven US states.”

Houston Chronicle: Texas outlaws, giant crocodiles and Houston’s Astrodome in historical photos database

New-to-me, from the Houston Chronicle: Texas outlaws, giant crocodiles and Houston’s Astrodome in historical photos database. “Traces of Texas is a historical database of sorts, which collects photos of the state’s people, places, roadways, stories and captures the culture of the Lone Star State. In one recent photo taken around 1925, readers can learn about the Mineola Black Spiders baseball team, which was an independent, all-black team based in Mineola, Texas. Another photo reveals the history of ‘infamous Newton Gang,’ a group of outlaws who robbed banks and trains in the early 1900s.”