DocSouth, Yale, Google Glass, More: Tuesday Buzz, January 13th, 2015

Elsevier has acquired Newsflo, described in this TechCrunch article as “…a bespoke media monitoring service that enables academics to get ‘impact’ analytics for their published research, thus helping academic institutions keep track of media coverage and social media mentions, as an additional metric to more traditional citations.”

Yale University Library has announced that the complete holdings of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies have been converted into digital files. (before the archive comprised over 12,000 video tapes.) “This process assures preservation of these unique video documents, many recorded thirty-five years ago. It is also the first stage of the plan to provide free remote access to the Fortunoff collection to university libraries and to Holocaust museums and resource centers.” has a roundup of Chrome extensions for journalists. 16 of them. I’m going to have to try HashPlug.

Looks like Google will be taking on Skype with real-time translation. “According to a New York Times report Sunday, the [Google Translate] app, which has improved markedly in the last couple of years, is about to take a significant step forward with functionality that’ll allow it to convert speech to text instantly.”

Did you know about the database of cultural landscapes? “The database at offers photos and information about designed landscapes (as opposed to natural or unaltered landscapes) in order to promote awareness and preservation efforts.”

Google Glass continues to make headway in medical-specific scenarios: Augmedix has raised $16 million. “Augmedix, a startup that uses Google Glass as an electronic medical record solution, just raised $16 million. The company, which is already working with five national health systems, will use the money for further product development and deployment.”

More Google: Chrome Remote Desktop is now available for iOS. “If you’ve got the Chrome Remote Desktop extension installed, you can install the free iOS app and control your computer from your iPhone or iPad with ease.”

Amanda Goodman is making a Google Map of libraries with 3D printers. Does your library have one? Pin the map!

Instagram has patched a “private didn’t mean quite what it was supposed to” security flaw.

Chromebooks are getting more open to different operating systems.

How-To Geek experimented with downloading the top ten apps from and it was a huge mess. I remember when was a great place to get software. That was a very, very long time ago.

Google wants the Oracle Java copyright case to be decided by the US Supreme Court. “Google has had enough of its long-running legal battle with Oracle over whether application programming interfaces (API)s can be copyrighted. The search giant has asked the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to bypass further battles in lower courts and address the API copyright issue once and for all. SCOTUS, in return, is soliciting the Obama administration for its view of the case before moving forward.”

The UNC Library has announced DocSouth Data. “When the UNC Library launched Documenting the American South (DocSouth) in 1996, the project helped set the standard for publishing historic texts online. Nearly twenty years later, DocSouth is poised to reach a new set of readers—the computers that digest and find patterns in immense bodies of text through techniques known as digital text analysis. The newly-released DocSouth Data makes the full text of hundreds of nineteenth-century books and pamphlets available for easy download as text-only files. The materials come from four text-heavy Documenting the American South collections: The Church in the Southern Black Community; First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; and North American Slave Narratives.” WOW! Good morning, Internet…

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