Cave Drawings, Music, Text Mining, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, February 6, 2014

Now underway: a project to create a digital archive of ancient cave drawings. The project will be available online starting in April. “Archaeologists have revealed the initial results of a project to preserve ancient cave drawings in a Fife town. Wemyss Caves hold the largest collection of Pictish carvings in north-west Europe.”

Larry Ferlazzo has updated his list of the best apps for annotating Web sites, but notes that the list has shrunk a lot because a lot of sites have gone out of business.

Google offers a Chromecast SDK, and POW! Instant usefulness. “… developer Paul Arterburn created VidCast, a bookmarklet that is designed to allow users to easily send video files from their web browser to the the Chromecast. Start playing a video file, click the bookmarklet and you’re taken to a new tab. Once the file is loaded, click the play button and it will cast the file to your TV.”

My Facebook timeline has been filled with people sharing their “Look Back” videos. I didn’t share mine because it made me cry. But apparently the videos will be editable soon. Which will be nice because I don’t think they were intended to make people sad.

The Library of Congress has a new online collection dedicated to American music. “More than two years in the making, ‘Songs of America’ ( brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America’s history through the prism of song.”

Elsevier has opened its papers to text mining. “Under the arrangements, announced on 26 January at the American Library Association conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, researchers at academic institutions can use Elsevier’s online interface (API) to batch-download documents in computer-readable XML format. Elsevier has chosen to provisionally limit researchers to 10,000 articles per week. These can be freely mined — so long as the researchers, or their institutions, sign a legal agreement.”

Bing has added some search features for the Winter Olympics.

Love it! How to find messages explicitly marked as spam in Gmail. As opposed to messages that Gmail has marked for you. Mihai Parparita did a bunch of digging around and found a number of internal Gmail labels that can be used in mail searches. Excellent.

DARPA has announced the DARPA Open Catalog. “The initial offerings in the DARPA Open Catalog include software toolkits and peer-reviewed publications from the XDATA program in the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O). The partially funded toolkits are designed to encourage flexible development of software that may enable users of targeted defense applications to process large volumes of data in a timely manner to meet their mission requirements.”

Twitter is now offering Data Grants to give researchers access to slices of its data firehose. Mmm, firehose slices… Good morning, Internet…

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