Nature: I critiqued my past papers on social media — here’s what I learnt

Nature: I critiqued my past papers on social media — here’s what I learnt. “On Good Friday this year, traditionally a time of self-reflection in the Christian calendar, I began critiquing my own scientific record — writing down something critical about each of my publications. Much of my career, my writing and now my podcast, ‘The Error Bar’, has been spent criticizing others’ work. In 57 tweets… I recalled the worst things about each of my publications.”

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear. “From their home near Dallas, Hal and Ted Barker run the Korean War Project, a free-to-use online archive and database documenting those lost in Korea. The site represents more than four decades of research and effort to tell the stories of Korean War veterans such as their father. The Barkers and KWP volunteer researchers estimate there are some 2,000 name discrepancies in the DCAS list publicly available through NARA, they told Military Times.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups. “[Rory] Nolan belongs to historical reenactment groups that sometimes dramatize Revolutionary War-era militias (you can begin to see the problem), and he manages the Facebook and Instagram pages for several of them. He tried to establish new accounts under new email addresses, but they didn’t last long before getting swept up in the same moderation process. Again, they were banned with no possibility of appeal. And like that, Nolan’s social media presence—and much of his social life—quietly winked out of existence.”

The Guardian: Ex-Trump aide tweets ‘executive orders’ after Google lists him as president

The Guardian: Ex-Trump aide tweets ‘executive orders’ after Google lists him as president. “Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence turned potential Republican candidate for governor of California, gleefully seized on an error by Google on Saturday, promising ‘a plethora of executive orders’ after the search giant listed him as ‘President of the United States since 2021’.”

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support. “Yes, just listing standard video player features like support for the ‘ASS’ subtitle format was apparently enough to temporarily earn a suspension. The developer says they ‘immediately filed an appeal’ and today, the app is back up with the ASS subtitle listing still in the description.” ASS in this case stands for “Advanced Sub Station Alpha” and I really hope y’all get this newsletter after so many iterations of a Word The Robots Do Not Like.

Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors

Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors. “Washington State University researchers found a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data as they conducted a large-scale analysis of protein sequences. The work, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the world’s most cited microbiology journal, could have important implications for future genomic research.”

Google gone mad: pranksters mess with Cowra on Maps (Cowra Guardian)

Cowra Guardian: Google gone mad: pranksters mess with Cowra on Maps. “After a quick search of the town on Wednesday afternoon, the Cowra Guardian spotted some funny and rude additions to Cowra’s region on Google Maps. It’s not clear who the perpetrators are, however names have been placed on parks, businesses and houses across town and at the time of publication, more have popped up around town. ” It should not be this easy to screw up Google Maps.

Vox: A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning.

Vox: A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning. “There are a lot of problems in science right now: Publication bias, p-hacking, incentives to publish a quantity of papers over quality papers. Those are big, systemic problems, as we’re outlined extensively here at Vox. But Michèle Nuijten, a PhD student at Tilburg University in the Netherlands who co-created Statcheck, has her sights on fixing a much smaller but surprisingly impactful problem in science: rounding errors.”

An Atlas of Audio-Visual Artifacts

Big thanks to Matt S. for a heads-up on the new-to-me A/V Artifact Atlas (which is set up as a wiki.) Multimedia archivists, I think you’ll dig this. From the about page: “The AV Artifact Atlas is for use in the identification and definition of the technical issues and anomalies that can afflict audio and video signals. The goal of AVAA is to advance the audiovisual archiving field generally by strengthening the practice of reformatting archival media content. Archivists, curators, librarians, conservators, digitization service providers — plus all the users of cultural heritage content — benefit from the use of a common vocabulary, with supporting examples, when discussing such issues with one another.” In addition to the problems, possible remedies for the problems are also mentioned.