Wikipedia, Arkansas, Groundwater, More: Morning Buzz, June 27, 2014

An interesting article about the intersection between Wikipedia and higher education. “Once the bane of teachers, Wikipedia and entry-writing exercises are becoming more common on college campuses as academia and the online site drop mutual suspicions and seek to cooperate. In at least 150 courses at colleges in the U.S. and Canada, including UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco’s medical school, Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University, students were assigned to create or expand Wikipedia entries this year.”

The terrific Robin Good has a writeup on content curation tool Blendspace. “Blendspace sits somewhere between Pinterest and Storify as its power and simplicity make it easy to search multiple sources, import content and visually display it and organize it into boards.”

Apparently PR Newswire is one of the companies getting smacked around by Google’s algo changes.

The Arkansas History Commission will relaunch its digital archive.

Google has begun responding to “right to be forgotten” requests.

The New York Public Library Labs are playing around with Google Street View. Very cool!

How the Air Force uses Twitter as a “force multiplier”. “In today’s wired world, it only takes 10 minutes to reassure allies—and warn foes.”

Could a Facebook app be used to predict a relapse into mental illness?

The University of Texas at Austin now has an online database of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater available. “The collection includes more than 15,000 ‘comedias sueltas,’ a generic term for plays published in small pamphlet format in Spain from the early 17th century through the early 20th century.”

Wright State University has digitized its student newspaper.

The always-fabulous Jenny Levine gave me the heads-up on the ALA Opportunities Exchange. “We’re excited to announce that you can now search the 800+ awards listed in the Financial Assistance for Library & Information Studies (FALIS) Directory in the Opportunities Exchange in ALA Connect.”

Now available: a database of groundwater contamination from coal power plant waste. “The database contains 39,080 groundwater quality readings at 1,010 monitoring wells near 30 ash waste sites in 16 states from Florida to North Dakota. The 30 sites are a subset of the hundreds of coal ash disposal areas across the country.”

I didn’t want to mention every last bit of news from Google I/O because I wanted to leave room for other stuff. Lifehacker has a good roundup. Good morning, Internet…

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