Ars Technica: AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data

Ars Technica: AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data. “Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye imaging to track the development of conditions like glaucoma. With enough scans, he reasoned, he might find patterns that could help him better interpret test results. That is, if he could get his hands on enough data.”

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more. “Today, DARPA launched the addition of four new incubators on the Polyplexus portal, raising the total to 16 since its inception, with eight being active. Launched in March, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Polyplexus portal is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project.”

IPP Media: Online database to level the job field for women scholars

IPP Media: Online database to level the job field for women scholars. “The MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children is preparing a database of Tanzanian women scholars, including those living abroad, to be uploaded online, to enhance their visibility and employability.”

EurekAlert: Using Facebook data to study how misinformation spreads — grant

EurekAlert: Using Facebook data to study how misinformation spreads — grant. “Tanushree Mitra, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and a faculty member at the Discovery Analytics Center, has received a Social Media and Democracy Research Grant, giving her access to Facebook data to study how misinformation and other problematic content spread on the platform. This is the first time Facebook has given academics access to its data.”

Meduza: Russian Academy of Sciences archive reopens after debts forced it to close in March

Meduza: Russian Academy of Sciences archive reopens after debts forced it to close in March. “The archive’s financial trouble began in 2018 when the umbrella agency above it, the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, was liquidated, leaving ARAN to join the Education Ministry’s budget. That budget did not include funds for paying off the archive’s debts, including a large dept to the company Stroimonolit, which is designing a new building for the archive in St. Petersburg.”

University of St. Andrews: Major grant to create new national database

University of St. Andrews: Major grant to create new national database. “Professor Colin McCowan, of the University of St Andrews, will lead a £1 million initiative for Health Data Research UK to build a new national data resource to learn more about people suffering from more than one disease or condition. Medical researchers at St Andrews will lead a consortium across 16 higher education institutions across the UK on the project which will bring together anonymised information on over 10m people.”

NIH: On the Ethics of Using Social Media Data for Health Research

NIH: On the Ethics of Using Social Media Data for Health Research. “Social media has grown in popularity for health-related research as it has become evident that it can be a good source of patient insights. Be it Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon reviews or health forums, researchers have collected and processed user comments and published countless papers on different uses of social media data. Using these data can be a perfectly acceptable research practice, provided they are used ethically and the research approach is solid.”