Skype, Internet Archive, Rare Books, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, May 16th, 2015


The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Expeditionary Learning have teamed up to create a free online database of exemplary K-12 student work (PRESS RELEASE). “A collaborative project between faculty at HGSE and EL, the Center for Student Work aims to raise the bar on student achievement by helping teachers improve teaching and learning. Teachers can use the free resource – which includes videos, writing samples, and other tools – as a foundation to create their own projects, raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence in their classrooms.”

Past Rare Book School lectures are now available online. “We are very pleased to announce that audio recordings of more than 100 Book Arts Press/Rare Book School lectures from the past four decades are now available online at Along with most lectures from the past several years, those now converted from the original cassette tapes include talks by Sue Allen, Nicolas Barker, and G. Thomas Tanselle…”

Could be useful. A new iPhone app lets you create disposable phone numbers and e-mail addresses.


Not a lot of annotation, but lots of resources: 60 Free Tools for Modern Storytellers.

From ReadWrite: Your options for music streaming.

The Skype Translator Preview is now open to everyone.


Another update from FamilySearch: “Notable collection updates include 643,899 images from the Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 collection; 608,881 images from the Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 collection; and 531,346 images from the US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 collection. ”


From Conversation to action: Digitizing Chattanooga’s historical newspapers. I really, really hope I’m reading this wrong, but it seems like the librarians in Chattanooga Tennessee weren’t interested in taking action until Tom Tryniski offered to get involved.

Reminds me of the old days: different sites define video views in very different ways.

Do you have a digital music label? The Internet Archive wants you to participate in Netlabels day.

Twitter is making it a little harder to figure out how many inactive users it has. Gee what a surprise. “Twitter has stopped disclosing the percentage of its users who take ‘no discernable user action’ on the app, making it harder for observers to figure out whether Twitter’s core user base is growing or dying.”


From The Guardian: Will Traditional Science Journals Disappear? “The Royal Society has been celebrating the 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions, the world’s first scientific journal, by holding a series of meetings on the future of scholarly scientific publishing. I followed the whole event on social media, and was able to attend in person for one day. One of the sessions followed a Dragon’s Den format, with speakers having 100 seconds to convince three dragons – Onora O’Neill, Ben Goldacre and Anita de Waard – of the fund-worthiness of a new idea for science communication. Most were light-hearted, and there was a general mood of merriment, but the session got me thinking about what kind of future I would like to see. What I came up with was radically different from our current publishing model.” Good morning, Internet…

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