, 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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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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Raleigh, Getty, California, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 24th, 2014

Everything old is new again: a link directory is getting funding.

Google has announced the winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair.

More Google: it has tightened its European de-listing process.

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, has launched an online database for its public art collection.

China is using search data from Baidu to predict housing prices. “Using Baidu’s search data allows the National Bureau of Statistics to select a series of keywords related to housing prices which have helped establish a projection model for the future by analyzing the relevance of the frequency of these keywords and the prices for new and previously occupied homes, the paper said.”

Dataminr is now available for news organizations.

The Getty Research Institute has added the Knoedler Gallery’s business records. “Books 1 through 6, which span the years 1872 to 1920, are now available online here and others will be added soon, according to a post on the Getty’s Iris blog. ‘This newly enhanced database can be used to reconstruct the itineraries of thousands of paintings that crossed the Atlantic during the Gilded Age—including many that ended up in major American museums’ according to the blog post.”

The state of California will be establishing a sea rise level database. “On Sunday, Brown signed Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s Assembly Bill 2516, which requires cities, counties, coastal and Bayside airports, ports, state environmental agencies and utilities to share their studies, plans and actions through the database.” Good afternoon, 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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TwitPic, Google, CIA, More: Brief Afternoon Buzz, September 19th, 2014

(Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys!)

Twitter is getting more like Facebook and now apparently Facebook is getting more like Twitter. I’m not too chuffed about either of those things. “Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed.”

Ready to upgrade to iOS 8? It’s a huge download. Here’s how to handle it.

TwitPic has been acquired and will soldier on.

The CIA has posted hundreds of declassified journal articles. “The documents, posted on the agency’s website Thursday, are from ‘Studies in Intelligence,’ the CIA’s in-house professional journal. The publication’s mission is ‘to stimulate within the Intelligence Community the constructive discussion of important issues of the day, to expand knowledge of lessons learned from past experiences, to increase understanding of the history of the profession, and to provide readers with considered reviews of public literature concerning intelligence,’ the agency said.”

The Loeb Classical Library has gone digital (but it’ll cost you.) Hat tip to @LibraryStuff.

Google’s going to be showing you a lot more photos. “Abby from Google quietly announced in the Google Maps Help forum that those who share photos publicly and have location data on the photos within Google+ may find their photos automatically within Google Views and Photo Sphere.”

Yahoo is going on the road. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Yahoo, Kindle, Music, Mathematica, More: Evening Buzz, September 17th, 2014

Bing is predicting the Scotland independence vote.

Lifehacker links to a huge list of how to close over 60 online accounts. This list was apparently put together for shutting down accounts when someone passes away, but don’t feel like you need to wait for that unhappy event to dump the account of your choice.

From Greenbot: How to use Google Voice with the new Hangouts app.

The British Library will digitize fifty more Malay manuscripts.

Apparently your Kindle is vulnerable to hacking by dodgy ebooks. And by “hacking,” I mean, “Your account gets stolen.” Amazon, tell me again why you don’t offer two-factor?

There’s a Twitter bot out there that can make music recommendations for you. is making available more international law information. “The archived information includes English language summaries of laws, regulations, and related legal instruments that in turn link to the full-text PDFs that are in the official language(s) of the country. Legal items from the gazettes of the following countries are now available under the ‘Legislative’ sources list for each jurisdiction: Brazil, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, and United States.”

Wolfram|Alpha has launched a cloud-based version of Mathematica. “It’s a notebook interface, just like on the desktop. You interactively build up a computable document, mixing text, code, graphics, and so on—with inputs you can immediately run, hierarchies of cells, and even things like Manipulate.”

More security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat! Patch patch patch!

Yahoo has launched a new Yahoo Developer Network Web site. Good evening, Internet…

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