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Buffer, Indian Music, Arctic Fauna Bones, Patent Trolls, Census Bureau, MUCH MORE: Fat Friday Buzz, August 2, 2013

Buffer now offers custom scheduling and I am so, so happy..

Coming soon: an artic fauna bone database. “Known as the Virtual Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Project, or VZAP, the database pulls together data from universities and museums around the world. The Burke Museum, Smithsonian Institution and Canadian Museum of Civilization have partnered with Maschner to offer their considerable collections.”

Also coming: a a collection of digitized medieval texts.

Aaaand a new database of burials in a 160+ year old cemetery in Ireland: “Now, staff from the City Archives in conjunction with the history department at Mary Immaculate College have spent the past two years manually transcribing thousands of handwritten records of those buried between 1855 and 2008 and have created a database. The records include the name, age, address and in many cases, the cause of death…” (Over 70K records.)

Cinefex is running a Kickstarter to digitize its back issues and make them available via iPad. I wish it wasn’t just iPad though…

Bookshelves of Doom did a huge shootout of book recommendation engines. Great stuff.

You can now upload 360 degree photos to Google Maps. The “360º photo spheres” look like an Android thing, though, so I don’t think I’ll be contributing…

More Google: Sam Grobart does not like what Google has done to Zagat. “But this is a mobile app, for the love of Mike. Isn’t it patently obvious that, if I’m firing up a mobile app about restaurants, I am probably looking for one? Even clicking on the little menu button in the upper left doesn’t get you to any sort of sortable search feature like the old Zagat app. I tapped on “Lists,” thinking I’d find those “Best Italian/Best Steakhouse/etc.” lists that I used to consult from time to time in the back of an old Zagat book. Nope. Instead, I get ‘Best Sushi Restaurants in 8 U.S. Cities.’ I’ll remember that the next time I’m planning an eight-city sushi tour.”

Now available: a new clearinghouse for patent troll information. “The online resource aims to unite and empower would-be victims of patent trolls through a crowdsourced database of demand letters and to serve as a clearinghouse of information on the troll epidemic.”

Darn it, I missed this press release about a new tool from the US Census Bureau. “The U.S. Census Bureau has released My Congressional District, the first interactive tool geared exclusively toward finding basic demographic and economic statistics for every congressional district in the U.S. This Web app uses the latest annual statistics from the American Community Survey, providing the most detailed portrait of America’s towns and neighborhoods.”

You can now embed public Facebook posts.

This is a little outside my remit but I’ve covered CyberAlert before. The company has announced new monitoring service, this time for radio. “CyberAlert Radio monitors more than 250 news and talk radio stations in the Top 50 U.S. markets. The monitoring covers all local and national news along with local and syndicated talk shows. Using advanced speech-to-text technology, the new radio monitoring service identifies radio clips based on key words specified by CyberAlert’s clients and delivers the text of the radio broadcast. Clients can also order high-quality downloadable audio files of broadcasts from most radio markets.”

From the always-fabulous Robin Good: a roundup of tools for monitoring hashtags.

Now available from tech conference site Lanyrd: a speaker directory.

Wow! Now available: an online archive of Indian gramophone recordings. It looks like the clips are hosted on Soundcloud. Good morning, Internet…

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