FOIA, Twitter, K-12, Ancestry, More: Slightly Short Friday Morning Buzz, July 19, 2013

I love it! Now on Kickstarter: the Freedom of Information Act Machine! “The FOIA machine does three main things: it automates FOIA requests; it tracks requests, their progress and the dates you filed them; and it aggregates information about FOIA requests and helps build information around how to improve the requests in the future.” The campaign launched two days ago and has already blown past its fundraising goal of $17,500.

Neat: how Twitter’s verified users all connect. With very pretty colors.

SEO Round Table has a brief article on a CSS bug in Google Advanced search, but it seems to be okay now?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has a new free Webinar available: Discovering State and Local Militia Records.

Oooh! Homeschoolers I think you’ll like this. Creative Commons has an interesting writeup on The Saylor Foundation’s launching of new open K-12 courses (actually it looks like initially it’s new open 6-12 courses.) “A team of experienced educators and staff are developing courses fully aligned to the US Common Core State Standards. Like Saylor’s college-level courses, the K-12 program incorporates open educational resources (OER), making the courses, as well as their contents, widely reusable by students, teachers, and parents nationwide. The course frameworks and instructions are available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Thus, while the courses are ready for use as-is, anyone may also reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute their courses to meet local needs.”

Thank you Hack Genealogy for the pointer to Ancestry’s announcement that it will be making its New England collection free through July 21.

Also, New Panda update. (hides)

Haven’t tried IFTTT yet? PC World has a walkthrough for you. Good morning, Internet…

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