Tanzania, Twitter, Utah, Gaelic, More – Monday Morning Buzz, September 23, 2013

Taneya Koonce is offering a webinar on RSS feeds and genealogy. Sounds like a great combination.

Hey! You can now search the National Library of Scotland’s catalog in Gaelic!

Yes, I know Windows XP security updates don’t expire until April, but you need to be thinking about how you’re going to upgrade your old computers now. Check out these upgrade options.

Here’s your specialized niche: a new database of art collectors around the world. Artists can search who’s collecting their stuff for free; galleries have to pay for profile views.

Nice roundup from GenealogyBank: top genealogy resources for Utah. (These include online and offline records.)

Yahoo’s offering a new My Yahoo.

Interesting. Eight ways to use the Instagram API.

The government of Tanzania is making plans to create a national library and digitize educational materials.

Oh good. People who have time and know what they’re doing have been doing Twitter linguistic analysis. I’m not trying to be funny. If you read Web Search Garage you know I have strong feelings about understanding the language context of your search target. Twitter is tough enough to search because you’re trying to figure out what people are going to consider important enough to cram into their alloted 140 characters. Here’s what was discovered. “Hu and Talamadupula conducted a computational linguistic analysis that took a ‘snapshot’ from a portion of the Twitter fire hose from June to August in 2011. In this snapshot of thousands of tweets they found that the language tends to resemble e-mail and magazine language more than the language used in text messages.Hu said they found Twitter language ‘surprisingly formal,’ revealing that people resist word shortening and slang despite having to limit tweets to 140 characters.” This is incredibly important if you’re interested in doing any kind of long-term information trapping via Twitter.

The Morgan Library & Museum is going to digitize its collection of master drawings. “The initiative will result in a digital library of more than 10,000 images, representing drawings spanning the fourteenth to twenty-first centuries, available free of charge on the Morgan’s website. The project will begin in October and is expected to be completed within one year, contributing significantly to the Morgan’s commitment to advancing drawings scholarship.” Good morning, Internet…

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