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Olympics, Persian Manuscripts, Snapchat, More: Sunday Buzz, February 8, 2014

Olympics: Larry Ferlazzo continues to update his Winter Olympics resource list.

More Olympics: Wolfram|Alpha has a ton of Olympics data.

The British Library has created a digital archive of over 15,000 images of Persian manuscripts. These are gorgeous. “The manuscripts were selected for their historical, literary and artistic importance and form part of a three year project to provide digital records of our Persian manuscript collection and images of 50 manuscripts.”

More British Library: The British Library has a new research project for its archived Web — BUDDAH. (Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities). “BUDDAH aims to transform the way in which researchers in the arts and humanities engage with the archived web, focusing on data derived from the UK web domain crawl for the period 1996-2013.”

Trivandrum Museum’s collection is going online. “When completed, the capital’s museum will arguably be one of the first in the country to have a vast virtual inventory. Be it the collection of ancient coins and bronze statuettes inside the Napier Museum or the original artwork by masters such as Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, every single artefact is being photographed from all angles and these images will be consequently uploaded to form an online database of the Museum’s riches.”

Want to edit your Facebook “look back” video? Here’s how.

Eww. A Snapchat vulnerability could lead to your phone being DDoS’d.

More Eww: Twitter users post 10,000 racial slurs per day? Yuck. The good news is that up to 70% of them may be being used in a “non-derogatory” fashion.

Yes, Bing has got the Olympics knowledge, but it’s already putting together a guide to the Oscars as well. Good morning, Internet…

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Olympics, Queens, Ann Hamilton, More: Saturday Buzz, February 8, 2014

Olympics: the New York Times has a live “photo firehose” of pictures being taken at the Winter Olympics from a variety of agencies including Reuters, The Associated Press, and Getty Images.

More Olympics: Twitter has a list of accounts to follow and helpful hints if you want to cover the games in 140 characters or less.

More More Olympics (sort of): Translate your tweets during the Olympics — for free! “To use it, simply tweet your message to @OHT with the language you’d like it translated into. (The service currently offers 75 different languages.) After 15 to 20 minutes, and if all goes according to plan, you should receive your answer back in tweet form.”

7 Ways Google Glass will Change Search. I’m not convinced that Google Glass in its current form will catch on, but this is an interesting read.

Queens Library is creating a digital archive about Queens, New York.

Experiment is crowdfunding for science. “The site includes categories for education, biology, chemistry, engineering, psychology, physics, computer science, medicine, ecology, economics, and palentology. Project examples include research into how a predator species of crab is affecting clams in the Pacific Northwest, how natural gas tracking contributes to air pollution, and cancer research.”

Barron’s, for crying out loud, has a very interesting article on digitizing art collections. “While most agree it’s still too early to definitively argue digital reproductions on the Web can actually drive museum foot-traffic, the images are certainly getting eye-play. According to the Getty, web visits rose 15% to over 9 million last year, from 7.8 million in 2012. Physical visits to the Getty Center and Villa similarly rose to 1.7 million last year, up 8% from the 1.6 million who clocked in during 2012.”

Speaking of that, the digital archive for artist Ann Hamilton has gone live. “The collection – the Ann Hamilton Project Archive – currently contains more than 1,000 downloadable, high-resolution images from 35 art installations by Hamilton, ranging from her time as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art to her current large-scale multi-media installations exhibited worldwide. The digitization of the collection is ongoing and publicly available through vrl.osu.edu.”

You remember that LinkedIn app, “Intro”, which worked by routing your e-mail through LinkedIn’s servers and thus seemed to some people (like me) a really horrible idea? It’s been shut down. Good morning, Internet…

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Wolfram|Alpha, Olympics, India, More: Saturday Buzz, February 1, 2014

Wolfram|Alpha now has data about languages spoken in the US.

Korea has fined Google $196,000 for unauthorized data collection.

Over at TechCrunch, an interesting discussion about whether Yahoo was building its own search products. If they do, I hope they go all-out. Confidential to Yahoo: there are lots of search gaps out there. Searchable subject indexes come to mind…

Fun! Winter Olympians to follow on Instagram.

Speaking of Olympics, I had no idea there was a database devoted to tracking cases where athletes have been suspended for doping. Unfortunately for casual curiosity, the Anti-Doping Database is subscription-based.

A really nice Facebook image cheat sheet. I need this as a poster.

From Boing Boing: The Library of Congress is adding digitized Carl Sagan items to the LoC Web site.

A column in the New York Times compares social Q&A apps Jelly and Need. For the author’s purposes (which sound like mine) Need absolutely wins.

From Small Business Trends: The 7 Best WorldPress Alternatives. After using FrontPage (MANY years ago), Moveable Type, and WordPress for ResearchBuzz, I can say with much confidence that I’m sticking with WordPress. But I was trying to use WordPress for a work problem, and it wasn’t working very well. I ended up using a site creator called Wix ( http://www.wix.com/ ) which is not mentioned in this article, and I highly recommend it. (DISCLAIMER: My link to Wix is not and affiliate link and Wix didn’t pay me to recommend them. Wix doesn’t know me from Adam’s off-ox.)

The National Film Archive of India is going to get a digital library.

Twitter has bought 900 patents from IBM? “Twitter says it has bought 900 patents from IBM and that the companies have entered into a cross-license agreement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.”

Zooniverse has launched yet another new project: Disk Detective. “Disk Detective is backed by a team of astronomers that need your help to look at data of stars to try and find dusty debris disks – similar to our asteroid field. These disks suggest that these stars are in the early stages of forming planetary systems.” Good morning, Internet…

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Olympics, Digg, Food, Oregon, Government Sites, LOTS MORE: Morning Buzz, July 30, 2012

Enjoying the Olympics? FreeCast has a livestreaming guide. “The guide quickly links users to official Olympic provider streams within their specific country, a selection that spans over 150 countries on six continents.”

Ooo! I’m looking forward to the Digg relaunch. “When the social news tool Digg relaunches next week — Wednesday to be exact — it will get help from a new product called Realtime, a search engine that surfaces links being shared the most across the Web.”

Urbanspoon has launched a new tool to help you find places to eat: “Urbanspoon … launched Urbanspoon Guides, a new feature that allows diners to create personal lists of dining favorites, from the ‘Best Burger Joints’ in LA to ‘Restaurants You Can Paddle To’ in Seattle. The new Guides offer easily digestible content that helps diners quickly navigate restaurants in various cities while on the go.”

The New Museum has a new Web site with what sounds like intriguing archives: “The Digital Archive has a searchable database of over 4,000 artists, curators and organizations, plus around 8,000 written and visual records. …
Additionally, the site’s new Art Spaces Directory helps artsy travelers gain an insider’s knowledge of alternative art spaces in spots from Cameroon to Vietnam.”

The state of Oregon has launched a new portal for Oregon businesses. “The State of Oregon has just made it easier for business owners to interact with the state with the launch of Business Xpress, http://www.oregon.gov/business. This new site brings together varying state online services, forms, and information so that they may be accessible quickly and easily from a single website.”

Speaking of government Web sites, a new one provides immigration information in 22 languages: “Materials are available in up to 22 languages, covering information on USCIS application processes as well as frequently asked questions.”

MORE government stuff: the Census Bureau now has an API. Tasty!

There’s a new search engine for online environment information. “Called ONEMercury, the “one-stop” search engine can be used by environmental researchers who investigate climate change, invasive species, infectious diseases, and other data-intensive topics…”

The Pentagon has launched a military medals database.

There is a new database available to source food from Wyoming. “Wyoming MarketMaker, a partner of National Food MarketMaker, is Wyoming’s part of a network of 20 states that can connect Wyoming agribusiness producers and processors with consumers, schools, processors, caterers, chefs, food retailers and grocery stores across the nation.”

Media Decoder has a look at Ask.com’s new advertising campaign.

I think this is still in development, but this sounds like a good tool for teachers of special needs students. “The tool, Access for All Students: A Representative Sampling of Technologies Employed in K-12 Online Education, lists products that are frequently used in schools and identifies those for which accessibility information is readily available.”

Argh. Here’s your Twitter malware warning du jour. Good morning, Internet…

Olympics, Google, Twitter, More: Morning Buzz, July 29, 2012

Watching the Olympics? Here’s some vintage footage to get you revved up.

Google has purchased e-mail app Sparrow. And all the Sparrow users I know are worried about it.

TechCrunch has an article about an online project manager called TeamGantt. Haveta look into that one…

Hat tip to the Arizona Geology blog (love that blog) for the article about ScienceDebate.org. “Science Debate is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to elevating science and engineering policy issues in the national dialogue of the United States. Science Debate does this by hosting nonpartisan science policy debates between candidates for office, educational events featuring science and technology topics for policymakers and the public, media education efforts to improve science and technology policy coverage, and other civic and community engagement activities.”

Twitter is working on a tool that will let users export their entire tweet history.

Google’s got a new calculator interface.

Something to start your day out right — have you seen the new remixed Bob Ross video? Very sweet. Check it out. Good morning, Internet…

Documentaries, Language Translation, Olympics, More: Morning Buzz, July 16, 2012

Handy: the best web sites for watching free documentaries. I had no idea there were so many sites solely devoted to documentaries.

The FDA has launched a genome project for food pathogens. “To answer these and other questions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is embarking on a five-year collaboration with public and private partners to create a public database of the gene sequences of 100,000 bacteria that have been responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illnesses around the world.”

The Next Web has a sweet article about the many language translation options available online.

The Canterbury Collection is now online. “The collection comprises 128,000 images of Church of England parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials for churches in the historic Archdeaconry of Canterbury. (1538-2005!)

Larry Ferlazzo is maintaining a list of the best places to learn about the 2012 Olympics.

Hey! Kevin Kelly wrote a graphic novel! It’s a free download and he’s Kickstarting for the sequel. I am a longtime fan of Mr. K and can’t wait to read his graphic novel. Good morning, Internet…

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