UFOs, Roman Coins, H. Lee Waters, More: Saturday Buzz, January 17th, 2015

Google serves at least a trillion searches a year. Can you imagine?

Women who share on social media are less stressed. Interesting. Well, it’s a place to vent, isn’t it? And I can get people to laugh at my stupid jokes.

The Utah Government Open Records Portal is now online. “The portal is a central point for requesting access to records from state executive agencies. It will be expanded over the next two years to include local governments as well.”

You can now explore the Northern Lights in Finland with Google Maps.

Duke University has put its H. Lee Waters film collection online. “The motion picture films in the H. Lee Waters Collection play out a history of North Carolina (and Virginia, and South Carolina) in the late 1930s and early 1940s unparalleled in scope and vision.”

Oh why not: a wheat database. “Brockwell Bake’s wheat:gateway brings together publicily available data for around 398,000 wheat lines from many wheat germplasm collections including the European Wheat Database, the Vavilov Insitute (Russia), the Australian winter cereals collection, USDA/GRIN (USA), CIMMYT, ICARDA and the Nordic Gene Centre with additional collection site information from FIGS plus pedigree, synonym and genetic data from GRIS and gene symbol and class information from the Catalogue of Gene Symbols to create a central point to help you find wheat lines of interest to you.”

The Air Force “Blue Book” files have gone online in a comprehensive, searchable database. “The National Archives has made these files available to public on microfilm in its Washington headquarters. Parts of the Project Blue Book files have previously been posted online in various locations, [John] Greenewald said. But his webpage is the first time the complete files have been posted in PDF form in a searchable database, he said.”

The ANS (American Numismatic Society) has launched Coinage of the Roman Republic Online, or CRRO. “Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) continues the precedent set by Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) [in presenting, in an easily searchable form, all the varieties of the coinage issued in the Roman Republic. Six online collections containing over 20,000 specimens of Roman Republican coinage spread across 2,300 coin types, in addition to hundreds of hoards from Coin Hoard of the Roman Republic (CHRR) and additional individual findspots provided by Berlin are now available for research.”

Facebook has open-sourced a bunch of AI tool. “Most of these tools seek to take better advantage of artificial intelligence algorithms that Facebook and other researchers have already published in academic journals, and the hope is that this newly open sourced code can save outsiders quite a bit of time as they build their own AI services, involving everything from speech and image recognition to natural language processing. The algorithms alone aren’t always enough.”

Flickr Commons is seven years old, and the Library of Congress wants to play party games to celebrate. WOO! Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Re:

    One assumption is that stressed women become less stressed when they share on social media

    BUT an alternative hypothesis is that less stressed women are the people most likely to share on social media in the first place. They didn’t become less stressed by sharing; they shared because they were already less stressed.

    Basically, you have to know the stress status of women before they share and then again, after they share. Basic research methodology 101.

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