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NCSU, Bing, Santa, More: Morning Buzz, December 2, 2014

The first 70 years of the North Carolina State University student newspaper, The Technician, are now available online.

There is now an online database of STEM resources focused on the state of Montana.

The Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) has apparently been completed. It’s a collection of digtized museum catalogs.

Yup, it’s that time again: Google’s Santa Tracker is here.

More Google: it has Created software that can describe what it sees in images.

From Hongkiat: 10 free tools for creating your own maps.

From the Library of Congress: a beginner’s guide to US Treaties.

DuckDuckGo is adding New Jersey Transit information to its searches.

The Bing homepage has gone HD. Pretty.

The Gates Foundation is pushing for more free access to academic papers. “Under the new policy, the researchers that the organization funds will only be able to publish papers that are immediately freely accessible to the public. That means that these scientists wouldn’t necessarily be able to publish in top journals like Science that charge for access to its articles — unless these journals change their policies or open up those particular papers. And, since the Gates Foundation funds so much research, there will be pressure on these journals to do so (or else they’ll lose out on potentially important papers).”

The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland are teaming up to make parish records free online. “A National Library of Ireland statement called the records the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.” The project just launched and the records are expected to be available online starting next summer.

From Bing: the top trends of 2014. Good morning, Internet…

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