Plants, Getty, Food Poisoning, Gigablast, More: Just-Barely-Tuesday-Morning Buzz, August 13, 2013

A new Web database will track when Toronto cyclists are “doored” — hit by car doors.

Portland State University now has a digital photo gallery.

Very interesting. Monitoring food safety — by analyzing Twitter data: “Over a four-month period, the system collected 3.8 million tweets from more than 94,000 unique users in New York City, traced 23,000 restaurant visitors, and found 480 reports of likely food poisoning. They also found they correlate fairly well with public inspection data by the local health department, as the researchers describe in a paper to be presented at the Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing in Palm Springs, Calif., in November.”

The state of Iowa now has an online database for public school job listings.

Remember THOR, which I have mentioned a couple of times before? In fact, I mentioned it just over a year ago. THOR: Theater History of Operations Reports has finally been launched. “More than eight years in the making, a new database containing information from U.S. military and coalition aerial bombing campaigns over the last century is now publicly available online. … The database combines digitized paper mission reports starting with World War I to create a central source of bombing history around the globe. The database can be searched by date, conflict or even aircraft-specific criteria, and organized into spreadsheets, charts or onto maps, forming a live-action sequence of events.”

Lovely! The Getty Museum now has over 4,500 high-resolution images of its collection available for free use, modification, and publication.

Botanica Caroliniana: images of 250+ year old plant specimens have been digitized and made available online.

Hey! You know Gigablast, the search engine? Now it’s open source! (Gigablast is still worth a look, by the way — still trucking along with over a billion pages indexed.)

Google Translate: now with a safe mode?

More Google: now you can spellcheck entire Google Docs at once. There was something else about better lists etc, but what I really want from Google Docs is a decent outlining mode.

The 1921 Canadian Census is now available online. No indexes yet – images only.

The National Museum of Denmark is now in Flickr Commons.

Wolfram|Alpha is having way too much fun with math curves. Good morning, Internet…

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