Genealogy, Google, Maine, More: Sunday Morning Buzz, March 2, 2014

Because I don’t want you to get bored: 40 genealogists to follow on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

More genealogy: Dick Eastman takes a look at a couple of online tutorials for reading Latin or Old English documents.

More more genealogy: wills of Scottish soldiers killed in World War I will be made available online. “Among the 26,000 individual wills are 2,584 from the Gordon Highlanders, including those of Privates Alexander Craig and John Wood from Portlethen, just two of about 9,500 men who died during the conflict.”

Transparency reports are the new black. The latest one is from CloudFlare.

ProPublica has launched a data store. “There’s not too much for sale yet, but among the “wares” you can purchase are “Recovery Tracker Data” ($200 for journalists, $2,000 for academic researchers) and national data on payments to doctors by pharmaceutical companies (the most expensive item in the store at $1,000 for journalists and $10,000 for researchers). ”

Google has released a new tool for “interactive learning” – Oppia. “We’re excited to announce Oppia, a project that aims to make it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities, called ‘explorations’, that others can learn from. Oppia does this by modeling a mentor who poses questions for the learner to answer. Based on the learner’s responses, the mentor decides what question to ask next, what feedback to give, whether to delve deeper, or whether to proceed to something new.”

More Google: Google has launched Google Maps Gallery. “Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas. You can explore historic city plans, climate trends, housing affordability, shipwrecks and up-to-date evacuation routes. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery, they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines.”

From 9 Sites for Free Online Courses and Open Courseware.

The state of Maine has a new tool to track corporate filings (press release.) “Users who sign up for the service will create an online profile that will keep track of the business entities they want monitored. This profile will allow users to review, add, or delete entities from their monitoring account, to review add, delete or edit email addresses on file for notifications, and to view a list of filings or changes completed against the entity/entities over the past one year.”

I do not like this particular slang but in this case it utterly fits. Google asked for reports of scraper sites and — well, they got pwned. Good morning, Internet….

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