Food Images, Oregon Health, Liz Byrd, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, March 8, 2016


I’ve seen plenty of Web sites devoted to free pictures, but not one devoted just to free pictures of food. “Foodshot is presented to you by the creators of Foodscene. Foodscene wants to be some sort of Medium for food topics. I can’t explain what that is supposed to accomplish, but I definitely wish them a lot of success with that. Once again, thanks for Foodshot…”

Oregon Health & Science University has begun a project to digitize historical collections on public health, and has released its first online exhibit. “With a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), OHSU Library is digitizing historical collections on public health in Oregon, and providing open access to the scientific data they contain. We are pleased to announce that a pilot presentation of our work is now available as an online exhibit, titled Public Health in Oregon: Discovering Historical Data. In addition, all materials digitized for this project are being added to a collection in OHSU Digital Commons. ”

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center has created a Liz Byrd archive. “Wyoming residents can now access online hundreds of photos and documents relating to the life of Liz Byrd, the first African-American woman to serve in the state Legislature. The materials include baby pictures dating back to the 1920s, photos of campaign materials from the 1980s and images from Byrd’s teaching and political careers, among many other documents.”

Ambry Genetics is expected to release a data set of its customers today. “The 10,000 people all have or have had breast or ovarian cancer and were tested by Ambry to see if they have genetic variants that increase the risk of those diseases. Ambry returned to the samples from those customers and, at its own expense, sequenced their exomes — the roughly 1.5 percent of a person’s genome that contains the recipes for the proteins produced by the body.” The data is aggregated instead of individual, and the company expects to add more data over time.

There’s a huge amount of new Irish Catholic Parish registers available on FindMyPast.. “Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms contains over 7 million records. This is the first time that National Library of Ireland’s collection of Catholic Registers has been fully indexed with images to the original documents linked online. The records can now be searched by name, allowing you the opportunity to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers.”


Google has updated its Street View imagery in the area’s impacted by Japan’s 2011 tsunami. “You can now see updated Street View imagery from 59 cities, 19 towns and 4 villages from the Ibaraki, Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, which was collected between June 2015 and January 2016.”


I missed this Internet Archive post about a very simple collection downloader. “This post will show how to use a Internet Archive command-line tool (ia) to download all items in a collection stored on, and keep their local collections in sync with the collection.”

MakeUseOf has a roundup of fourteen alternatives to Google Forms. I had heard of only about half of these!

Did you know you could make ePub documents using Google Docs? Amit has the details (as always!)


What are the worst Top-Level Domains (TLDs) for malware? You’ve probably never heard of them. “Spamhaus, an organization that monitors spam, botnet and malware activity on the Internet, has published a list of the world’s top 10 ‘worst TLDs’ on Saturday. What’s interesting is that the list is not based on the overall number of abusive domains hosted under a TLD, but on the TLD’s ratio of abusive domains compared to legitimate ones.” Good morning, Internet…

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