Google Scholar, SCOTUS, Kickstarter, More: Morning Buzz, June 16, 2014

From Aaron Tay’s blog: 8 Surprising Things I Learnt About Google Scholar. Really thoughtful, lots of external links. Good stuff, Aaron.

Coming next month to Duke: a MOOC on copyright designed for teachers and librarians. “Another point about the focus in this course — our goal is to provide participants with a practical framework for analyzing copyright issues that they encounter in their professional work. We use a lot of real life examples — some of them quite complex and amusing — to help participants get used to the systematic analysis of copyright problems.”

Kickstarter has added an official category for journalism. Yay!

A new report from the Library of Congress examines what countries criminalize religious conversion. “We recently completed a survey of twenty-three countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia that looked at the prevalence of apostasy being a capital offense (or as a lesser offense) and the frequency of its application.”

Tesla Motors is effectively open-sourcing its patents. “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

Bing is getting into the World Cup.

From GigaOM: Clever piece of code exposes hidden changes to Supreme Court opinions. “Supreme Court opinions are the law of the land, and so it’s a problem when the Justices change the words of the decisions without telling anyone. This happens on a regular basis, but fortunately a lawyer in Washington appears to have just found a solution.”

Nuzzel has gotten a new round of funding. If you use (or try to use) Facebook and Twitter for content discovery, I can’t encourage you enough to try Nuzzel. There are a few things I would change but overall it is BRILLIANT.

The Australian National University Archives has launched a new database. “National Archives of Australia Director-General David Fricker launched the new ANU Archives database, which includes historic documents from Australia’s colonial history.”

Possibly useful: How to factory-reset a Chromebook even when it won’t boot.

The Cloyne and District Historical Society has joined Flickr Commons. “It is a not-for-profit charitable organization of volunteers located in the village of Cloyne in Eastern Ontario, Canada, dedicated to preserve and record the history of the local area and to share the knowledge with the public.”

One of those “because you can” things: How to host a static Web site on Dropbox with Pancake. Good morning, Internet…

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