USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database. “For the better part of three decades, Black baseball players competed on identical fields under the same rules as their white counterparts, but were considered inferior – even if their style of play and level of competition said otherwise. Last December, Major League Baseball took a giant step toward correcting that by officially elevating the Negro Leagues to major league status. The transformation takes another step forward Tuesday with Negro League statistics now listed alongside those of the American League and National League on Baseball-Reference.com.”
Gas Compression Magazine: Illustrated Online Database Of Rotating Machinery Terms. “More than 2500 words and 200+ illustrations make [Kane’s Rotating Machinery Dictionary] one of the most comprehensive digital resources for students and experts alike to gain a better understanding of the products, practices, and technologies utilized in the rotating machinery industry.” Free to access, surprisingly.
SportsPro: PTO creates online portal for triathlon data analytics and statistics. “The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has hailed a ‘new era in athlete and fan engagement for triathlon’ after launching a new data analytics and statistics website. The new platform… will become a single destination for key performance stats and analytics on all PTO professionals, including all-time record scores and times, as well as all major long-course triathlon results since 1978.”
University of Minnesota Duluth: Online Atlas launches to cover Minnesota. “The Atlas provides users access to nearly 400 layers of data in 10 categories: agriculture, biota, boundaries, climate, environment, geology & topography, imagery & land cover, infrastructure, society & economy and water.”
Berkeley Linguistics: New online Iquito-English Dictionary. “This new dictionary is basically a digital version of the dictionary published by Abya-Yala press(link is external) in 2019, with an expanded grammar sketch and corrections of minor errors.” Iquito is a language of Peru.
Stats New Zealand: New tool for exploring wellbeing data. “New Zealanders can explore how wellbeing has changed over time in a new interactive tool, Stats NZ said today. The wellbeing time series explorer allows people to compare selected wellbeing data from the 2014, 2016, and 2018 general social surveys (GSS). It can be used to produce data tables and graphs to show GSS results for different demographic groups in New Zealand, as well as changes in wellbeing over time.”
Milwaukee Magazine: Aaron Rodgers Just Launched the IMDb for Sports. “The platform went live with a complete roster of NFL, MLB and NBA athlete profiles. It also has an editorial arm, which will regularly publish content that’s exclusive to the site. In advance of its launch, [Online Sports Database] raised $2.5 million in funding that will help the platform expand its offerings in the coming months to include NHL, soccer, UFC, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, cricket and E-Sports, while adding features such as college, high school and retired athlete profiles, historical data and sports betting insights, as well as subscription services.”
The 961: There’s An Open & Free Website Showing Data On All Internal Lebanese Affairs To Increase Transparency
The 961: There’s An Open & Free Website Showing Data On All Internal Lebanese Affairs To Increase Transparency. “The IMPACT online platform has steadily grown to encompass an increasing number of sectors and domains and provided an ever-growing repository of information readily available to the public in Lebanon. IMPACT, which stands for the Inter-Ministerial and Municipal Platform for Assessment, Coordination and Tracking, is a free online database that links the citizens, local government, and central government to a common, comprehensive platform that operates on the national level.” I took a quick look. The database was presented to me in English, though sometimes when I drilled down into a section the data labels were in Arabic.
Smithsonian Magazine: A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-G. “In the summer of 1987, movie audiences first met Robocop in the science fiction classic about violence and corrupt corporate power in a future, dystopian Detroit. But the title word is much older than that, going back at least to a 1957 short story by writer Harlan Ellison, in which a tentacled “robocop” pursues a character. The prefix ‘robo-,’ in turn, dates at least to 1945, when Astounding Science Fiction published a story by A.E. van Vogt mentioning ‘roboplanes’ flying through the sky…. This is the kind of rabbit hole a reader can go down in the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction, a resource decades in the making that is now available to the public in an accessible form. Lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower started the project years ago, when he was an editor at the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Irish Times: Read all about us: The Dictionary of Irish Biography is now open access . “On March 17th, the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), is moving to an open access model, making its entire corpus of nearly 11,000 biographies, spanning over 1,500 years of Irish history, freely available to all through a new website…”
Mashable: Wikipedia wants to charge Google, Amazon, and Apple for using its content. “A new report by Wired looks into a brand new division under the Wikimedia umbrella called Wikimedia Enterprise. In a first for the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Enterprise will offer a paid service targeting Wikipedia’s biggest users: Big Tech companies. Wikimedia Enterprise, according to the organization, will provide a commercial product that tailors Wikipedia’s content for publication on services provided by Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon — services that millions upon millions of people use every day.”
State of Oregon Newsroom: The Oregon Blue Book is Now Updated Online . “The Oregon Blue Book is the state’s official almanac and fact book, containing listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions, maps, facts about Oregon history and elections, as well as information on the arts, media, and other cultural institutions in Oregon.” It’s updated every two years.
Columbia University: Yarshater Center Launches New Encyclopaedia Iranica Online Website. “The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce that the Encyclopaedia Iranica Online is now freely accessible… This new website, hosted by Brill, a leading academic publisher, is the only digital platform authorized by Columbia University for the Encyclopaedia Iranica content produced and curated by the Yarshater Center.”
Broadway World Boston: Boston Baroque Publishes Free Resource Library. “Boston Baroque has introduced its Resource Library, a digital archive of performance sources, including program notes written by Boston Baroque Founder and Music Director Martin Pearlman, orchestration charts, and more, for free on its website. With more than 30 composers and 235 musical works, the digital resource is a significant contribution to the early music field.”
Tor: Look Up That SF Term in the New Online Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. “The crowd-sourced project comes from Jesse Sheidlower, a former editor-at-large from the Oxford English Dictionary—it originated as an OED initiative, and is now a standalone site. The dictionary is designed to not only put definitions to the genre’s terminology, but to show how those words have been used over time.”