NOAA, World War I, Reddit, More: Saturday Buzz, March 1, 2014


Have EXIF data in your images? Google may use it in its search rankings.

The NOAA is trying to figure out how to free more of its data. “NOAA on Monday issued a request for information aimed at soliciting ideas from the private sector to help the federal agency free up much of the 20 terabytes of information that it gathers daily on the land, sea and air. In doing so, NOAA would provide a data bonanza to researchers, and enable private companies to develop new weather and climate tools.”

A huge new World War I collection is now available (British Library press release.) “Europeana 1914-1918 is the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and will include: 400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries in Europe…660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives…the personal papers and memorabilia of some 8,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitised at special events in 12 countries.”

Is this the new Google smartwatch?

A new search engine delivers results based on student ability. “Complexity Engine uses a sophisticated algorithm to search websites for content and delivers free, customized and age-appropriate reading materials to a user’s computer. It promises to give teachers, parents and students an efficient, affordable way to promote reading. Teachers and administrators can set parameters for the search results, and the reading experience can be either student self-directed or guided by the teacher.”

Handy! A roundup of tools for making audio- and video- based tests.

Now available: a database of independent living programs (press release). This database is not free and requires a subscription. “This online database has over 800 entries of independent living programs, service providers and special needs organizations from across the United States – and in addition to this, also contains other important resources related to housing, such as news articles, journal studies, research and financial information.”

Interesting: Reddit now has a live reporting feature. “The feature, which is still in beta, is currently being tested on two very different Reddit threads or topics: one is a kind of stereotypical Reddit discussion about a fascinating game-based sociological experiment known as “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” which involves tens of thousands of people simultaneously playing an old-fashioned Pokemon game via real-time chat.”

More Google search results — this time marquee style. IT IS SO 1998 UP IN HERE! Good morning, Internet…

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