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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FamilySearch and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are teaming up to publish historical documents online.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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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 NIH.gov 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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Yacht Club, Trees, iPhones, More: Short Morning Buzz, September 28th, 2014

Yahoo is closing its directory, the thing that started Yahoo in the first place. That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone; Yahoo had been letting the directory fall apart for years. The core of the company died an extended death due to neglect. The stupid thing about it is that with Google’s frequent algorithm changes, spammers, and the sheer ridiculous size of the ‘net, there is a place for a well-maintained searchable subject index. In fact, there’s investment money going into link directories, as I mentioned just a few days ago. But link directories aren’t sexy, so in the bin it goes…

Here’s something you don’t read about every day – a digitized collection of yacht club yearbooks. “The Avalon Library is pleased to announce the Avalon Digital Archive and its first collection: 1953 to 2007 Avalon Club Yacht Club yearbooks, digitized with cooperation from the Avalon History Center and the Avalon Yacht Club.”

Limerick (Ireland) has a new online archive of photographs. “A NEW WEBSITE featuring 25,000 photographs of life in Limerick during the 1970s has been launched as part of the Limerick City of Culture. ‘From Limerick with Love’ contains images from the archives of The Limerick Leader newspaper, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.”

I love this: British Columbia has a registry of big trees.

The Guggenheim free online modern art book collection is up to 109 volumes. “Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky.” And more, as they say.

Amazon has expanded its Twitter integration. “Today, the company is expanding on its Twitter functionality with the introduction of a new hashtag, #AmazonWishList, which – as you can guess – will post a tweeted product to your Amazon Wish List.”

This hoax keeps coming up over and over again. Hopefully you know better, but in case you don’t – or you know someone who doesn’t – please do not try to charge your iPhone in the microwave. Good morning, Internet…

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Minecraft, Google Maps, DuckDuckGo, More: Morning Buzz, September 23rd, 2014

Check out this cool-but-simple chart of educational Web tools! Lots of stuff to see here.

Adobe has acquired Aviary. I remember how cool Aviary used to be, back in the day….

Be careful: Marketing Land has the skinny on a very dodgy Google “support” service.

The British Museum in London — AND all its exhibits — will be recreated in Minecraft.

Washington University Libraries is building Ferguson archives. (Hat tip @LibraryStuff). “The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called ‘Documenting Ferguson.’ The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown. The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written stories.”

Oooh, check out this Forbes article on Dadaviz. Looks like a fun curated collection of data visualizations. “Online since June 11th, it’s a collection of the best dataviz selected from different sources by an invite-only community.”

Wow, Windows XP really is the OS that won’t die.

Yossarian is a search engine that wants to make you more creative.

Google Maps Navigation has expanded to 19 new countries.

They’ve hit the big time: DuckDuckGo is being blocked in China.

You can now sign up for a Google account without having to get a Google+ account. “Prior to this, anyone signing up for a Google account was obligated to create a Google+ account as well. Now, users can simply click a ‘No, thanks’ button when prompted to join the three-year-old social network.”

PACER is going to restore deleted documents to its repository. Good.

The Pantagraph is getting a digital archive.

Nerd Titan has a roundup of golden age comic digital archives. Good morning, Internet…

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Apps, GPO, GIFs, More: Morning Buzz, September 11th, 2014

From an archiving point of view — physical diaries versus digital calendars. This is “diaries” in the British sense… I think we’d say “appointment books” here in the US.

Like something you see on Google Hangouts? Now you can applaud.

The first digital library from the GPO depository program has gone live in North Dakota. “The library, part of North Dakota’s Sitting Bull College servicing the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation community, ‘is opting to meet their community’s needs by developing an online government information collection,’ a release from the GPO said. ‘In choosing this format, the library will not receive print materials from GPO.'”

Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls. “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”

Adobe and Microsoft have both pushed out a bunch of critical fixes — get patchin’ y’all!

Well, crap. There’s been a leak of 5 million GMail names and passwords. Based on an article in The Mary Sue, however, looks like this data might be pretty old. Still… turned on 2-factor lately?

The state of Florida has created an online database of prison deaths. “The database lists inmates by name, prison, race and manner of death, and supplies other details that the Miami Herald had been trying to obtain from the department since May, when the newspaper began a series of articles about prison deaths.”

Wow! Check out these animated GIFs made from archival photos at the Library of Congress. Creeeeepy.

Facebook is apparently testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance.

Can you imagine getting coupons or other promotional material based on predicted behavior? Using tweets and other data to forecast behavior. “Some people are very careful about what data they give out, but the algorithms can work pretty well with anonymized data. Usable predictions can be made more than 60 percent of the time, if the right data are aggregated. And that data isn’t just coming from social media: Think about sources such as credit card transactions, monitored telephone calls, e-mail, GPS data.”

From Hongkiat: 10 Handy Pinterest Tools for Business.

CTIA has tested 1,000 apps for KnowMyApp.org (PRESS RELEASE). “Launched in December 2013, KnowMyApp.org informs customers how much data their favorite apps use before they download them while also providing app developers with resources to build more data-efficient apps. Testing the top paid and free apps from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores as well app submissions directly from developers, Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, tests and provides information to consumers on: How the app was tested; How much data is used when downloaded, when opened initially, during active run time and background time; How the app impacts data plans (i.e., 300MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB); and How users can conserve data usage.” Good morning, Internet…

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IoT, Maps, Group Study, More: Morning Buzz, September 10th, 2014

Did you get to watch the Apple livestream yesterday? If you didn’t, you didn’t miss anything; it was a real clusterpuddle. Here’s a roundup from Wired.

Speaking of Apple, it has lowered its iCloud pricing.

Wondering what the Internet of Things is all about? IEEE has you covered (press release). “The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is a bi-monthly, technically focused online publication that highlights important, current IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world’s top subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners.” A Webinar series is starting too.

Malicious advertising is showing up on big Web sites. (Warning! PC World!) “When encountered, the malicious advertisements cause a person to be redirected to a different website, which triggers a download based on whether the computer is running Windows or Apple’s OS X, wrote Armin Pelkmann, a threat researcher.”

Mapperz hipped me to this online translater for GIS data. “The Easy Translator is available as a free web service, for immediately translating data into your required format and coordinate system.”

Speaking of maps, Larry Ferlazzo has an overview of easy map making site Heganoo.

MMmmkay: Amazon has launched a drone store.

Bloomberg is helping museums and other cultural institutions go digital. “Today, we announced the expansion and rebranding of Bloomberg Connects (formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative), which provides funding for cultural institutions to enhance the visitor experiences and increase access to culture using innovative technology tools.”

Do you remember the Ellis Island Passenger Search site? It’s gotten an extensive revamp and more records.

From Hongkiat: 5 Useful Tools for Online Group Study.

The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts has joined the Flickr Commons. “Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts supports the music faculty of the college and contains a small but important collection of special collections and archives. The majority of this collection relates to the former Trinity College of Music (founded in 1872), its staff and students.”

Archiving challenge: What does Duke University do with 12,000 VHS tapes? Good morning, Internet…

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