FEMA, FDA, PA, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, January 14th, 2015

Launching next month: a digital archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions. “These digitized images include documents that date back to anti-slavery efforts from 1649, but also reflect black Revolutionary War veterans, female abolitionists (including Sojourner Truth), and petitions submitted before, during, and after the Civil War.”

New study: using Facebook likes to make personality assessments.

Speaking of that, does your online avatar reveal more about you than you’d think?. Considering that my current Facebook avatar is a screen shot from a 1970s fabric commercial, the answer is probably no.

Duke Medicine has launched Clinical Practice Today (PRESS RELEASE). “This complimentary series of interactive educational activities is designed to provide clinicians with information, education, and useful strategies on health-related topics.”

Google’s flight search tool is now available in India.

FEMA has released a new data visualization tool.

The state of Pennsylvania is going to get an online database to track educational spending.

The FDA has released a database of guidance documents. It isn’t complete, but “…the new guidance database contains many guidance documents issued by all of FDA’s various offices and centers, and is updated to clearly list all of the agency’s most recent documents as well. The system also contains a number of useful features. For example, regulatory professionals can search for guidance documents by product type (e.g. biologics or medical devices) or by FDA office (e.g. CBER, CDER, CDRH), allowing the user to quickly find relevant documents.”

Microsoft has ended free feature updates and tech support for Windows 7. Security updates are still going until 2020, however. (Not that Microsoft will warn you about them any more.)

Google has opened Google Domains to everybody.

The Smithsonian has released a new free mobile app, “Skin and Bones”. “After installing the app on their mobile devices, users simply choose the animal they are interested in from a map of the [Bone Hall]. Each animal choice has a menu of immersive audiovisual experiences, including videos, animations and activities. When users choose a menu item marked with ‘AR,’ they direct their cameras at the specimen and the augmented reality triggers 3-D graphics. Visitors can watch an eastern diamondback rattlesnake skull sink its long fangs into a virtual rodent or play a game that challenges them to identify bat species by their calls. Other videos explain ideas in ecology, biogeography, functional anatomy and evolution or introduce Smithsonian scientists. ”

Speaking of apps, FamilySearch has launched a new app gallery. “ today launched its online App Gallery to help patrons more easily find the right application from FamilySearch’s many partner applications, or services, to enhance their family history efforts. With just a few clicks, patrons can now begin to search partner apps to find those that meet their specific need, platform, operating system, and price. For example, if a patron is looking for a highly-rated app that will help them analyze the data in their family tree, the app gallery will allow them to filter and find several relevant partner apps to choose from.” Good morning, Internet…

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