URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
- I know where you were last summer – London’s public bike data is telling everyone where you’ve been.
“It probably won’t surprise you to learn that there is a publicly available Transport For London dataset that contains records of bike journeys for London’s bicycle hire scheme. What may surprise you is that this record includes unique customer identifiers, as well as the location and date/time for the start and end of each journey….What are the consequences of this? It means that someone who has access to the data can extract and analyse the journeys made by individual cyclists within London during that time, and with a little effort, it’s possible to find the actual people who have made the journeys. “
Bibliometric analysis of social media research: Publication output for different social media platforms.
“The brain, in other words, developed the capacity to create links between disparate items of knowledge — which is what the Internet, with its HTML links, currently does without reader intervention.
Wolf [Dr MaryAnne, author of Proust and the Squid: the story of science and the reading brain] argues that the abundance of prefabricated connections has transformed us from connection-makers to path-takers, and our brains are devising means of discovering which path will most quickly and efficiently provide us with the information we seek. Practices such as key-word searches, scanning for salient words, skimming for comprehension, scrolling, and link-clicking are not conducive to acquiring a deep understanding of the material being interacted with.”
- News readership from daily papers to social media – how does what editors select as important compare to what social media users share?
“…two weeks of news articles were retrieved by querying the public Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of The New York Times and The Guardian and the diffusion of each article on social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Delicious, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon, was tracked. The results show significant differences in the topics emphasized by newspaper editors and social media users….Twitter is the only social network to have presented a statistically significant correlation with the distribution of news items per section by The Guardian and The New York Times. The results of this study provide a bridge between journalism and audience research and present evidence of the differences between readership in social and legacy media.”
- Trust and authority in scholarly communications in the light of the digital transition – new report with commentary at the Scholarly Kitchen.
- Peer-to-peer communication within the ivory tower – do scientists not working on the same topic have enough opportunities to talk with each other?
- How “unmembership” gets back to the roots of associating – short thought piece on membership models and when paid membership might not be necessary.
- Striking data viz showing just how deep in the ocean the missing MH370 plane might be.
Web/Social media developments
- Facebook tweaks news algorithm to combat spammy posts
- Twitter’s new profiles are rolled out
- Twitter announces pop-up notifications for the web
- I hear, I tweet, I learn – Paige Brown shares slides from her class on using social media for education.
- Digital Sociology – chapter abstracts from Deborah Lupton’s forthcoming book.
Just for fun
This blogger found Upworthy-style headlines very annoying. You’ll find his response utterly plausible.