Digitally Literate #205

Truth Decay Digitally Lit #205 – 7/13/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #205 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I distill the news of the week in technology into an easy-to-read resource. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week I worked on the following:…

Digitally Literate #204

The quiet part out loudDigitally Lit #204 – 7/6/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #204 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I distill the news of the week in technology into an easy-to-read resource. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week I was working…

Digitally Literate #203

Know the WhyDigitally Lit #203 – 6/29/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #203 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I distill the news of the week in technology into an easy-to-read resource. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week I was busy helping to…

Digitally Literate #202

Clearing the path Digitally Lit #202 – 6/22/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #202 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I curate the news of the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read resource for you. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week…

49% of all Google searches are no-click, study finds

A rich data set from analysis conducted by SparkToro. Zero-click searches have steadily risen over the past three years, up from 12% in 2016 to 48.96% in 2019. No click, or zero-click, searches are a search engine result page (SERP) that displays the answer to a user’s query at the top of a Google search…

SIFT (The Four Moves)

Mike Caulfield on “four moves” that students can make as they critically evaluate online information. Stop. Investigate the source. Find better coverage. Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context.

Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Libra online or at local exchange points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third-party wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet…

Charting Death

For their final capstone project for Bradley Voytek’s COGS 108 course at UCSD, a group of students examined potential disparities between actual deaths and their corresponding media attention. The final project is excellent. The subject matter…and the interactive data charts as well. For anyone curious about any of the steps throughout this project, the original data and…

Unraveling the mysteries of preprints and peer review

A database assembles thousands of science journals’ editorial policies to boost transparency and accessibility. The Transpose database, which launched on 13 June, was compiled by a mostly US-based group of researchers working towards reforming publishing. The database includes details about peer review, preprints and editorial policies that are often difficult or impossible to find on…