University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets

University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets. “When one of Professor Julie Hardwick’s students recently got an internship at a local tech company, she was asked to compare the company’s benefits package with those of 60 competitors. Initially overwhelmed, she then thought, ‘I’m going to get my Google Sheet, get my evidence, look for patterns, get my data visualization, and then present an interpretation.’ This spreadsheet-based approach might seem like the plan of a good business student, but in fact, she was harkening to a different class. “

University of Texas at Austin: Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections

University of Texas at Austin: Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections. “At launch, the portal highlights two of the Libraries’ most notable collections: the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Alexander Architectural Archives. The portal contains various materials like scanned photographs, manuscripts, books, broadsides, architectural drawings and maps. Further content is constantly being added, including digitized maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection and material for scholarly research from the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections. All content in the portal is being indexed by search engines, significantly improving searchability and discoverability.”

University of Texas at Austin: Consumers Need to be More Aware of What They Are Giving Facebook

University of Texas at Austin: Consumers Need to be More Aware of What They Are Giving Facebook. “Facebook is the largest social networking platform in the world, with 2.41 billion people actively using the platform. It also offers the largest advertising audience of all the platforms including Google. More of us should be taking more ownership in understanding how platforms such as Facebook and Google use consumer data for advertising and how it contributes to the shifting dynamic in advertising because the stakes are high for our privacy.”

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study. “With the presidential election season moving into high gear, campaign messaging will soon begin increasing dramatically. But for those of us who get our news from social media, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin offers a strong warning: You can’t trust yourself to discern what’s true and what’s not when you’re on Facebook.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Digital Resources Launch Online for Study of Human Rights

University of Texas at Austin: New Digital Resources Launch Online for Study of Human Rights. “Thousands of digitized records reflecting major historical events of the 20th century related to PEN International, a global writers’ organization, are available online beginning this month. A project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and completed by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has resulted in a new online finding aid for researchers, as well as access to teaching guides and nearly 5,000 digitized records.”

University of Hawaii: $1M to UH and collaborators to develop web-based research tool

University of Hawaii: $1M to UH and collaborators to develop web-based research tool. “The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute (HI-DSI) $1 million for the development of a web-based programming interface called Tapis, in partnership with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the University of Texas at Austin. The development of Tapis will provide scientists with important tools to gather data and conduct computationally intensive research. The framework, which will serve a diverse group of users, can help automate and streamline large workflows or pipelines of software applications and allow scientists easier, user-friendly access to computational resources.”

University of Texas at Austin: Students create tool to help journalists enhance 360-degree videos

University of Texas at Austin: Students create tool to help journalists enhance 360-degree videos. “At every step, from early design to final build, the team worked to make it as easy as possible for journalists using ImmerJ to import finished 360-degree videos and enhance them with headlines, sub-headlines, captions in body type, graphics, 3D objects, and even conventional framed video clips. Journalists can do all without having to tinker with any of the computer programming that’s below the surface.”