Google, Twitter, Indiana, More: Morning Buzz, June 20, 2014

Google Glass as a museum guide? Why not.

Congress.gov has added some lovely new features (PRESS RELEASE). My favorite: “Congressional Record Search-by-Speaker: New metadata has been added to the Congressional Record that enables searching the daily transcript of congressional floor action by member name from 2009 – present. The member profile pages now also feature a link that returns a list of all Congressional Record articles in which that member was speaking.”

Web site Florida Food Connect has been revamped to better connect Florida food suppliers and consumers.

Some serious great from OEDB: A Guide to Little-Known Image Collections with Millions of Free, Hi-Res Images

Amit Agarwal! Saving your GMail messages in Google Drive.

Interesting paper: The dark side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: the case of Latin-American repositories. “Since repositories are a key tool in making scholarly knowledge open access, determining their presence and impact on the Web is essential, particularly in Google (search engine par excellence) and Google Scholar (a tool increasingly used by researchers to search for academic information). The few studies conducted so far have been limited to very specific geographic areas (USA), which makes it necessary to find out what is happening in other regions that are not part of mainstream academia, and where repositories play a decisive role in the visibility of scholarly production. The main objective of this study is to ascertain the presence and visibility of Latin American repositories in Google and Google Scholar through the application of page count and visibility indicators. For a sample of 137 repositories, the results indicate that the indexing ratio is low in Google, and virtually nonexistent in Google Scholar; they also indicate a complete lack of correspondence between the repository records and the data produced by these two search tools.”

Terrific article from Ars Technica: Saving old software from extinction in the age of cloud computing

Oooh nice. A tool that tracks changes to Twitter bios.

The Indiana State Police have released a database/spreadsheet of meth lab seizures in Indiana since January 1, 2007.

You remember that pay-to-post IE program I mentioned a couple of days ago? It’s gone.

From the New York Times: Sharing Cultural Jewels Via Instagram. “The rapid rise of social media has created many unusual alliances, but few are more curious than those the bushy-bearded Mr. Krugman has formed with some of the leading cultural institutions in New York. He has earned his V.I.P. access because he is helping them — free of charge — build their profiles on Instagram, an app for sharing photos and videos.”

Twitter now supports animated GIFs.

GERA data is now available to qualified researchers. “Qualified researchers can now for the first time access data from one of the United States’ largest and most diverse genomics projects—the Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA). The GERA cohort, at Kaiser Permanente Northern California system, has data on 78,000 members. You can apply to use these data in your research…. The genetic information in the GERA cohort translates into more than 55 billion bits of genetic data.” Good morning, Internet…

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