BuzzMachine: COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-3. “In our Social Journalism program at the Newmark Journalism School, we believe community journalism must start with listening to the community. Well, science journalism must start with listening to the scientists. This is why I have been maintaining a COVID Twitter list of more than 500 credentialed, relevant experts. So I have spoken so far with an epidemiologist, an infectious disease expert, and a virologist. I will continue with other experts in more disciplines. Here are the first three interviews.”
Spotted on Reddit via IFTTT: Reddit Covid-19 AMA Database. From the GitHub page description: “A collection of over 1,000 AMA questions and answers on COVID-19 from various experts, professionals, and journalists. If you find it helpful, star this repo!” The GitHub page itself offers you ways to download the data, but also links to a Web-based database of the questions if you’d rather just browse.
Search Engine Journal: How to Find Subject Matter Experts Using Slack & Other Web Communities. “It is blatantly obvious when a non-expert tries to write something for an expert audience. To succeed at SEO through non-branded educational content, brands and websites must attempt to raise their editorial standards to that of a magazine or newspaper. This starts with developing relationships and making connections with experts in the community of people interested in the topic you are publishing about.”
Lifehacker: How to Create a Great Podcast, According to the Professionals. “Starting your own podcast is hard. Making your podcast better is even harder. And a lot of advice out there is too vague. How do you make it more interesting? How do you identify your target audience? So we asked 14 successful podcasters one question: What’s a podcasting tip that most people don’t think about? Here’s what they said.”
California Genealogical Society & Library: Speakers’ Bureau Revived. “Rumor has it that CGS used to have a Speakers’ Bureau. Well, that tradition has been revived by members of the Development & Member Services and Events committees. This recently reconstituted committee brings together several functions of the society including development, membership (data entry), volunteers and outreach. As part of our Outreach responsibilities we felt it would be helpful to have a database of speakers and topics. We created a spreadsheet that lists seventy-five different topics that are offered by fifty-two different speakers. Most speakers are members of the society who give these talks at no charge. A few are professionals and typically ask for a modest honorarium.”
Korea Bizwire: New Website Provides Answers to 300 Curiosities of Foreigners in 13 Languages. “Joinus Korea, a non-profit organization focusing on the exchange of culture and languages, announced on Tuesday that it had selected the 300 most asked questions about Korean culture and decided to provide the answers in 13 languages on its website. ‘Joinus World’, which is administered by Joinus Korea, has 7,000 talented language volunteers answering questions about Korea from foreigners on its website.”
Cognilytica: 50 AI Twitter Influencers to Follow in 2018. “The field of artificial intelligence continues to grow and evolve daily. To keep up-to-date on all the latest developments, news, and more related to AI, Cognilytica has put together a list of 50 AI influencers to follow on twitter (listed alphabetically).” Cognilytica also made a Twitter list. The annotations aren’t extensive here, but it’s a lot of accounts.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Female Historians Try to End the I-Didn’t-Know-Any-Women Excuse for Men-Only Panels. “Following in the footsteps of other disciplines, a group of female historians unveiled a searchable online database on Tuesday listing their peers’ areas of expertise and contact information. The site — called Women Also Know History — is meant to make it abundantly easy to find female historians to invite to speak at conferences, quote in articles, or add to a syllabus.”
Quora now has 100 million users a month. I rarely go there deliberately, but those digest e-mails Quora sends are addictive. 90% of the time I end up going to the site and devouring all the other answers. “As per the official record of the company, it is seeing 100 million monthly unique visitors to its Q&A social network, an increase of 22 percent from January when it acknowledged having 80 million.”
Good one from Hongkiat: the top 10 sites to ask all your programming questions. Quora and Stack Overflow are great; don’t know much about the others.
I have an Academia.edu account just to ask people to upload papers. And Jonathas Magalhães did! His paper, Social query: a query routing system for twitter, is now available. “Social Query is a new and efficient way to get answers on the social networks. However, the popular method of sharing public questions could be optimized by directing the question to an expert, a process called query routing. In this work, we propose a Social Query System for query routing on Twitter, currently, one of the most popular social networks. The Social Query Systems analyzes the information about the questioner’s followers and recommends the most suitable users to answer the questions.” While Quora is an amazing resource, easily finding experts to answer questions is still a search area that could stand a lot of exploration.