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Wisconsin, Scholarly Papers, Rock Art, More: Morning Buzz, October 11th, 2014

UC Irvine has won a grant to grow a brain cell activity database. “Researchers at UC Irvine will study brain cell activity in disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s disease to create a digital library of information that it is hoped will help lead to treatments.”

So how many scholarly papers are on the Web, anyway? “Using statistical methods, [Lee] Giles and [Madian] Khabsa estimated that at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents are accessible on the Web, of which Google Scholar has nearly 100 million. They estimate that at least 27 million (24 percent) are freely available since they do not require a subscription or payment of any kind. The estimates are limited to English documents only.”

Papers from six Nobel Prize winners are now freely available through the end of the year. “Research papers published by six 2014 Nobel Prize recipients whose accomplishments in physics and chemistry have been enabled by photonics are being made freely available in the SPIE Digital Library through the end of 2014.”

There is now a way to schedule your Instagram posts.

A new public portal provides information about endangered resources in Wisconsin. “The Natural Heritage Inventory Public Portal is a free, online mapping application available to anyone who owns land or is an authorized representative of property in Wisconsin. The public portal allows individuals to complete an Endangered Resources Preliminary Assessment. … Now, the preliminary assessment provides an instant record and summary of the project, a map of the project area and determining results based on the impact to endangered resources. These results will indicate to a landowner if they need to continue by requesting an ER Review.”

The British Museum has acquired the TARA archive. No, not me. TARA stands for Trust for African Rock Art. “TARA’s 25,000-image-strong digital archive has been acquired by the British Museum and will be cataloged and made available online over the next five years, the Telegraph reports. By joining TARA’s efforts, the British Museum seeks to ensure that African rock art sites are recorded and preserved for future generations.”

Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” has hit the New York Times. “Over the weekend, the NY Times revealed that it is the latest publication to receive notification from Google that some of its results will no longer show up for searches on certain people’s names, under the whole “right to be forgotten” nuttiness going on in Europe these days. As people in our comments have pointed out in the past, it’s important to note that the stories themselves aren’t erased from Google’s index entirely — they just won’t show up when someone searches on the particular name of the person who complained. Still, the whole effort is creating a bit of a Streisand Effect in calling new attention to the impacted articles.”

From the Buffer blog – 23 tools and resources to create images for social media.

Twitter has sued the US government for the right to be more transparent. “After months of attempted negotiations, the company has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that the restrictions imposed by the government — which regulate what Twitter can publish about national security related surveillance requests — violate its First Amendment rights.”

IFTTT now has a Sina Weibo channel. Good morning, Internet…

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Bing, FamilySearch, Nebraska, More: Morning Buzz, October 8th, 2014

FamilySearch is offering a free Webinar on searching US military records.

Speaking of FamilySearch, it has added another big set of records. “Notable collection updates include the 469,781 images from the Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935, collection; the 1,334,890 images from the US, Georgia, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1897–1942, collection; and the 343,005 images from the Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596–1911, collection.”

Google is offering a crapware-removal tool for Chrome.

Bing is offering new lyrics search functionality.

Bored with your current anxiety? Want something new and different to be worried about? read this article on USB malware.

Hey! The American Folklife Center wants you to share your Halloween photos.

Nebraska courts have expanded online case search options. “The Nebraska Judicial Branch is making Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals case information available to the public through the court’s online court case search system. Using the appellate case search feature, individuals are now able to search cases and view filed briefs, motions, and other documents in both the trial and appellate levels of court.”

Google has launched YouTube for Government, because, goodness knows, our government has very few options for reaching the populace as it stands. Wake me up when you launch YouTube for third party candidates who are ignored by established parties even though political dissatisfaction is rife with over 23% of California’s voters, for example, having no political party preference. Feel free to make it shorter and snappier. (Here’s the source for that bit of information on California, by the way, and I’m sorry to get political so early in the morning.)

The FDA has launched a new data dashboard. “This new dynamic tool represents a departure from the downloadable spreadsheet-based datasets that we have posted in the past. Instead, the FDA data dashboard presents information in an easy-to-read graphical format. It also provides access to the underlying data allowing anyone interested to see related data and trends.”

Is Google working on giant TV screens?

A new site wants to debunk Internet rumors. I’m glad. I like Snopes but man, its advertising is annoying.

HEY LIBRARIANS: The Library of Congress wants your feedback about file formats used for digital preservation. Good morning, Internet…

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Huge, Overdue, and Stuffed With Random: Morning Buzz, October 7th, 2014

FamilySearch and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are teaming up to publish historical documents online. “The initiative will digitally preserve and publish online the society’s many genealogies and local histories, family trees, and related family documents and manuscripts that contribute to the understanding of many family histories. Collections of particular interest might be those of Pennsylvania’s founding families, including William Penn and others.”

EBSCO has launched a new database of American doctoral dissertations (PRESS RELEASE.) “American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. “

Speaking of academic endeavors, Princeton is now is now making 2013 and 2014 senior theses available online.

Interesting roundup from Hongkiat: 20 alternative browsers for Windows. Wow. I had not heard of most of these.

Google and Microsoft patents may be invalid? Do what now? “Over the last few months, since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, we’ve been noting the good news that the courts seem to be interpreting the ruling to invalidate a ton of software patents. Even some trolls have decided to just give up after seeing how the Alice ruling is being interpreted. A new analytical study of patents held by big tech companies, done by ktMINE, suggests that more than half of Google and Microsoft’s patents are invalid under Alice.”

Possibly useful: Three online translation tools for genealogists.

The National Library of Medicine is now in the Flickr Commons.

Arnold IT has an article on searching through the Internet of Things.

Yahoo is going to livestream its 3rd quarter results.

Google has been asked to remove half a BILLION allegedly pirate search results.

Relationship breakups shown via Twitter data mining. “Garimella and co also found evidence for post-break up depression by analysing the language used in tweets. However, it is not clear whether the depression is the result of the break up or the cause of it. They also say that the person who initiated the end of the relationship, feels less depressed than the person who is rejected. In other words, being dumped hurts more than dumping.” Well, duh.

An Ebola genome browser is now online. “UC Santa Cruz has established the UCSC Ebola Genome Portal, with links to the new Ebola genome browser as well as links to all the relevant scientific literature on the virus.”

The 1885 New Mexico Territorial Census is now online for free.

From the ever-awesome Amit – 10 Tips for Evernote Users.

Facebook is suing fake “Like” scammers. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Bart Simpson, Obituaries, More: Morning Buzz, October 2nd, 2014

Google has launched Drive for Education with unlimited storage.

The University of Vermont Libraries has launched an online alumni publications collection.

Yahoo Answers is getting new navigation.

You can now open GMail images in the Google Drive viewer.

More Google: it has tripled its Chrome bug bounty payments to $15,000. “Chrome Security Team hacker philanthropist Tim Willis announced in a blog post that Google will increase the payments from $500-to-$5,000 per bug to $500-to-$15,000 per bug.”

More More Google: it has dropped its Compute Engine prices by 10%.

FamilySearch and GenealogyBank are teaming up to make obituaries more findable online. “The tremendous undertaking will make a billion records from over 100 million US newspaper obituaries readily searchable online. The newspapers are from all 50 states and cover the period 1730 to present. The completed online index will be fairly comprehensive, including 85% of U.S. deaths from the last decade alone. The death collection will easily become one of the most popular online genealogy databases ever, detailing names, dates, relationships, locations of the deceased, and multi-generational family members.”

Library and Archives Canada has put up a small set of World War I posters on Flickr.

Got a Mac? Worried about Shellshock? keep patching.

So there’s a guy out there cultivating an online collection of bootleg Bart Simpson stuff.. I love the Internet.

The UK’s Canal & River Trust has launched a digital archive. “We’ve digitally published over 37,000 archive records and over 22,000 historic images from our archives for the first time ever. The £50,000 project is the first phase of a major project to open up public access to the national waterways collection.”

Microsoft has launched a new composing/presentation tool called Sway. Good morning, Internet..

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Podcasts, Germany, LinkedIn, More: Evening Buzz, October 1st, 2014

So apparently podcasting is in vogue again. Millions of people listen to podcasts, as do I – my morning wouldn’t be the same without news from the BBC, NHK World Radio Japan, and United Nations radio. But it really makes me wonder. From the article: “The analytics company RawVoice, which tracks 20,000 shows, said the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled to 75 million from 25 million five years ago.” If that’s the case, why are podcast search and discovery tools so horrible? They’re awful! Why? Seems like a huge opportunity being missed. (And if you know a good podcast discovery tool, leave it in the comments. Be warned: I have a wish list. It’s not a difficult wish list, but no tool I know lives up to it.)

Yahoo is testing a new home page. Wouldn’t it be weird if Twitter bought Yahoo?

A German regulator is warning Google over collecting user data. “The city of Hamburg’s data protection regulator, one of Germany’s leading data protection agencies, said in a legal ruling that Google must seek Germans’ expressed permission before it uses their data to create online user profiles across its services like email, online search and its Android-based mobile products.” has an article on researching Norwegian law online.

JSTOR is launching a new online magazine. “Wanting to make JSTOR’s content a little more digestible and to engage a different kind of audience, the library today is officially launching its new online magazine, JSTOR Daily. The slick-looking home page already features some 100 blog posts and original articles, most of which draw on and link to more expansive content already on JSTOR.”

Wunderlist is integrating with Dropbox.

Mmmkay: LinkedIn is adding college finding tools for students. “Last year, LinkedIn widened the net for potential users when it started to allow high schoolers to join its social network for professionals, and today it’s launching a clutch of features that it hopes will get them to stick around a while longer: three new tools — Decision Boards, University Outcome Rankings and University Finder — focus on college-bound students who are deciding where to apply, what to study and people who might give them some useful advice on the way.”

So just how big is Google Scholar, anyway? “When it comes to searching for scientific literature, Google Scholar has become a go-to resource for a growing number of researchers. The powerful academic search engine seems to comb through every academic study in existence. But figuring out exactly how many papers are covered by Google Scholar isn’t easy, recent research shows—in part because of the company’s secretive, tightlipped nature. And some scholars warn the service may be inflating citation counts, although that may not necessarily be a bad thing.”

IFTTT has released a new set of recipes for video lovers.

Google is testing a smartphone-friendly icon in its search results. Good evening, Internet…

I love your comments, I love your site suggestions, and I love you. Feel free to comment on the blog, or @ResearchBuzz on Twitter. Thanks!, Ello, Montana, More: Afternoon Buzz, October 1st, 2014

Tracking Ebola in Liberia, using librarian skills. “Alison Blaine is a UNC Library student employee, a master’s degree student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, and part of a UNC team helping to track Africa’s Ebola epidemic. At Davis Library, Alison puts her research, information organization, and visualization skills to work as a Carolina Academic Library Associate in the Research Hub. The newly opened Hub provides tools and guidance for UNC researchers to help them bring powerful technologies such as GIS, visualization, and digital humanities to their work.” is officially out of beta.

Have you been getting SnapChat spam? You’re not alone.

If you upgraded to iOS 8.0.1, you might have had some problems. Unfortunately plain old iOS 8 has its own security issue.

Photoshop is coming to Chromebooks… kind of.

Have you tried the new social network Ello? Here’s a guide. I’m on it and have a few invites. If you want one, e-mail me. First come, first serve.

The American Library Association is getting into 3D printing policy. “Over the next coming months, ALA will release a white paper and a series of tip sheets that will help the library community better understand and adapt to the growth of 3D printers, specifically as the new technology relates to intellectual property law and individual liberties.”

Academic library collections in Montana are being brought together through a new partnership. “The collection holdings of 14 academic libraries in Montana are now available through a single online search, thanks to an unprecedented statewide partnership. The new system is made possible by a collaborative effort of the libraries of the four campuses of Montana State University and four campuses of the University of Montana, as well as private colleges, tribal colleges and a community college.”

Facebook is testing a new service that automatically generates slide shows of your trips. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Malta, Penguins, Clinical Research, More: Morning Buzz, September 30th, 2014

The University of Malta will launch an online institutional repository. “This online archive will collect, preserve and disseminate a variety of scholarly material produced under the University’s auspices. National intellectual output and heritage will also be accepted for submission to the archive.”

Many thanks to Saundra F. who gave me a heads-up on the ClinRegs Web site. “Welcome to ClinRegs, an online database of country-specific clinical research regulatory information designed to save time and effort in planning and implementing clinical research. Use the map feature above to obtain a digestible overview of a country’s regulatory requirements, and use the comparison search tool to view two countries’ requirements side-by-side.” ClinRegs is a subset of the site.

Wolfram|Alpha has launched “Tweet a Program”. “Compose a tweet-length Wolfram Language program, and tweet it to @WolframTaP. Our Twitter bot will run your program in the Wolfram Cloud and tweet back the result.”

Google is now 16. You can get nostalgic with all its Google logos.

Yahoo has issued a new transparency report.

New project at Zooniverse! It wants you to spot the penguin.

A digital edition of the entire Warren Commission Report is now available. “The Government Printing Office today released a digital version of the entire Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy to commemorate the 50 years since the printed version of the report first rolled off the agency’s presses.”

As spotted by Google Operating System, a new interface for Google Takeout.

It’s often far afield of ResearchBuzz topics, but Smashing Magazine publishes very interesting articles: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a WordPress host. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between shared hosting, managed hosting, virtual private servers, etc. this article is for you.

Interesting: The Marketer’s Guide to Facebook Graph Search.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau is going to launch a “tech lab” (PRESS RELEASE). “The IAB Tech Lab will spearhead the development of technical standards, create a code library to assist in rapid, cost-effective implementation of IAB standards, and establish a test platform for companies to evaluate the compatibility of their technology solutions with IAB standards, which for 18 years have been the foundation for interoperability and profitable growth in the digital advertising supply chain.”

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