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New Zealand, Twitter, Genomes, More: Saturday Buzz, November 8th, 2014

A book 100 years older than the Magna Carta has been digitized. “The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia compiled by a single scribe at Rochester Cathedral, in Kent, in the 1120s has been digitised by the University’s Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care.”

The University of Otago Library has created an online archive relating to the first missions in New Zealand. “The precious journals, letters and documents, detailing life on the nation’s first missions, were brought back from London more than a century ago by the library’s founder, Thomas Hocken.”

OF COURSE there’s an online database of Loch Ness Monster sightings. Of course there is.

Analyzing when people are slacking off at work — using Twitter data. “Researchers analyzed more than 6 million geolocated tweets sent from the New York City metro area between August and December 2013. Their analysis showed high and low volumes of Twitter activity followed reoccurring hourly patterns.”

More Twitter: a new Twitter app, Hash, is trying to better organize tweets around events. “While over half a billion tweets are sent each day, Twitter is not easy for people who are hungry for news but might only want the handful of the most talked about tweets each day. To solve the issue, a former Twitter developer has launched ‘Hash,’ a pared down version of Twitter’s app limited to a list of the world’s biggest news events of the day combined with the most notable tweets mentioning those stories.”

More More Twitter: a new tool makes it easier to track Ebola news and discussion on Twitter.

Manuscripts and other items stored in Mount Athos will be digitized. “As part of the project ‘Digital ark’ the transformation of Mount Athos’ treasures into digital form will cost 8.5 million euros and its aim is to ensure their existence, even if the original prototypes ever get destroyed. The documents to be stored electronically include collections of handwritten ecclesiastic codes that are stored in the monasteries. Up until today, students and researchers interested in their study could only access the documents in person.”

The city of Greenville, Michigan now has a digital archive of its newspapers. Some of them go back to 1857.

More records from FamilySearch. “Notable collection updates include the 288,957 indexed records from the Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 collection; the 398,779 images from the Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 collection; and the 356,698 indexed records from the US, Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980 collection.”

Now available: a piglet brain atlas. “Through a cooperative effort between researchers in animal sciences, bioengineering, and U of I’s Beckman Institute, Johnson and colleagues Ryan Dilger and Brad Sutton have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based brain atlas for the four-week old piglet that offers a three-dimensional averaged brain and anatomical regions of interest. This averaged brain atlas, created from images from multiple piglets, will serve as a template for future studies using advanced MRI techniques that can provide important information on brain macro- and microstructure during this critical period of development. The template, as well as tissue probability maps that were also created, are available online and are freely distributed.”

Apparently next week’s Patch Tuesday is going to be big.

Google is offering to store genomes in the cloud. For money, of course. Good morning, Internet…

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