Facebook has launched a new tool for the 2014 elections. “You can click on the map and find, for instance, that while Senator McConnell may be winning the horse race in ‘likes,’ he’s lost in the dust of buzz about his competitor. Roughly three times more people are talking about Ms. Grimes, based on Facebook comments and ‘shares’ of content.”
Google has announced add-ons for Forms. “To give you even more flexibility and options, we’re introducing add-ons for Forms—new tools, created by developer partners, that deliver even more features to your surveys (just like add-ons for Docs and Sheets). Add-ons bring handy extras to your survey building experience, like setting a survey end date, sending custom emails based on responses, storing lists of choices that you frequently add to questions, and more.”
A thorny problem: archiving and digitizing the art of the 2014 Hong Kong protests.
The British Red Cross has released an online database with information about people who volunteered with the organization during World War I. Information on 30,000 volunteers is available with more coming online in the coming months.
Brilliant. A guy is travelling all over Manhattan documenting cornerstones. “For the past six years, the 39-year-old real-estate lawyer has been combing both sides of every street in Manhattan in a quest to document the dated, inscribed rocks that serve as birth certificates for buildings. By foot and on bike, often accompanied by his Labradoodle named Martin, Mr. McCracken has amassed an online archive of the island’s 1,100-plus surviving cornerstones.”
A new, free plug-in checks for bugs in spreadsheet data. “CheckCell, which automatically finds data errors in spreadsheets, was developed as a plugin for Microsoft’s popular Excel program….To develop CheckCell, Berger and graduate students Barowy and Dimitar Gochev used a combination of statistical analysis and data flow analysis to flag inputs that have an unusual impact on the program’s output. They evaluated the procedure against a collection of real-world spreadsheets such as budgets and student grades. They introduced common errors into the spreadsheets, then asked the plug-in tool to find them.”
There’s a new tool under development for archiving Web sites. “Rhizome has already developed a rough prototype of a tool that records all the content you experience on a website as you click around, then uses that information to create a simulation of the website that you or someone else can explore again however you want.”
Yahoo has launched Yahoo Parenting. “Whether you’re a mom, dad, grandpa, aunt, caretaker or guardian, parents come in all shapes and sizes. They are teachers, sounding boards, moral compasses and so much more. Today, we’re launching Yahoo Parenting: a new digital magazine that shares honest stories, relatable anecdotes, trusted advice, and the latest news to help parents of all kinds raise a happy and healthy family.”
MIT has a new page that summarizes research funder open access requirements. “US federal agencies with more than $100 Million annually in R&D will be issuing their open access requirements in coming months, and those policies will be summarized on this web page as details become available.”
The British Library and the Qatar National Library have teamed up to launch the Qatar Digital Library. “The modern history and culture of the Gulf and wider region, particularly its connection with Britain, are vividly documented in personal and official archives, photographs, maps and recordings of traditional music held at the British Library. Insights into the history of science in the Arabic-speaking world and Arabic cultural heritage are also held in the depths of the Library.” Good evening, Internet..
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