Text Extracting, Silent Films, Wikis, More: Morning Buzz, July 31st, 2014

A new database has been launched to remember the British soldiers of World War I. “A total of 1,117,077 service personnel from what was then the British Empire died in the war, which began in 1914. The Every Man Remembered database allows people to commemorate relatives or someone they knew, or find a person for whom no-one has yet left a tribute.”

From The New Yorker: when considering the archives of a writer, what do you do with their digital effects? The case of Salman Rushdie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library has launched Folgerpedia.

Datascope has released a new tool for extracting text from documents. “Ok, ok, ok. You can’t extract text from any document at the moment, but textract integrates support for many common formats and we designed it to be as easy as possible to add other document formats. The whole thing is up on github, to make it easier for the community to add their own integrations.”

Apple has purchased podcast app Swell. Swell immediately shut down, and as you may have noticed on Twitter, I was very upset. I loved Swell. It made it easy to listen to news podcasts without using iTunes’ horrible podcast tools, and you have no idea how much I’m going to miss it. Another heart broken by a free app.

An article in the New York Times asks: Can Reddit Grow Up? In my Real Job I buy a pretty good amount of advertising, and I’d love to advertise on Reddit. Unfortunately there’s no way to do geographically-specific advertising that I can find. (Please let me know if you’re aware of one!)

Amazon has launched a 3-D printing store. “Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Sculpteo and 3DLT.”

Wow! Using regular screenings to crowdsource information on silent films. “Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress’ Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called Mostly Lost to help figure out what they are.”

This is rather recursive: people are trying to de-index pages from Chilling Effects, the DCMA notice archive. But Google isn’t having it. “Chilling Effects is the largest public repository of DMCA notices on the planet, providing a unique insight into the Internet’s copyright battles. However, each month people try to de-index pages of the site but Google has Chilling Effects’ back and routinely rejects copyright claims.”

The FamilySearch Research Wiki will be getting a new look.

Google is testing a Timeline View for its knowledge graph.

A little far afield, but you may find it useful: a roundup of 44 tutorials on how to take perfect product shots. Good morning, Internet…

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