Timelines, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Cancer Mutations, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, January 30, 2017


A new Web site for creating timelines has been launched (PRESS RELEASE). “To get started making timelines, users create a free account with Panda Timelines. … At the top of each timelines is a title, followed by an optional description field. Adding a banner image is an effective way to communicate the timeline’s theme visually. Three privacy settings are available to timeline creators. Private timelines are viewable only by the user, while public timelines can be seen by anyone. A third option is to choose a password that can be given to a select few friends and family. Each event on the timeline includes a title, date and, if necessary, time. The description field allows for a deeper explanation of the event’s significance, or for providing supporting details and notes. Hyperlinks can direct visitors to outside sources of information.”

Poland has published an online database of the staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp. “The database, which the IPN says contains 9,686 names ‘is just the beginning of a wide-ranging project’ that will cover the staff of other death and concentration camps that Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland, IPN chairman Jaroslaw Szarek told reporters in Krakow.” IPN stands for Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.

Medical XPress: Online database aims to collect, organize research on cancer mutations. “The body of knowledge on cancer genomics is massive and ever-expanding. But this wealth of potentially critical information is far less likely to be of help to patients if it is inaccessible to the doctors who treat them. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an online ‘knowledgebase’ intended for the gathering and organization of this information so that clinicians have improved chances of identifying important mutations in a patient’s tumor and potentially connecting genetic errors with drugs known to target them.”

The King of Jordan has launched a new Web site. “The RHC’s [Royal Hashemite Court – TJC] website includes a number of sections featuring current and historical images about His Majesty, The Royal Hashemite Court and the Royal palaces, in addition to a comprehensive video library collection and overview on the King’s achievements and the Hashemites. The website also offers information on Royal initiatives, development and service projects implemented by The Royal Hashemite Court as well as Jordan’s history and modern milestones.”


Ubergizmo: Chrome Will Now Reload Pages Faster Than Before. “If you’re someone who camps out auction websites hoping to place a last minute bid to secure your item, then you know that reloading times of a website are important. This is the same for those hoping to purchase limited edition items online or buying tickets online which can be quickly sold out no thanks to scalpers with bots. The good news is that you use Google’s Chrome browser, the development team has announced that they are making some changes under the hood of its browser that will now reload pages faster than before.”

TechCrunch: Trump’s White House website does not list the judiciary as a branch of government. “Another eyebrow-raising change to the White House website under President Trump: it does not list nor provide details of the judiciary’s role in government the U.S. — naming only the Executive and Legislative branches, both of which are controlled by Republicans. A page detailing the role of the judicial branch could be found on the website during President Obama‘s tenure. President George W Bush also had a (rather shorter) explainer. As did President Clinton, the first president to create a White House website all the way back in 1994.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Free Tools to Edit PDF Files. “PDFs are one of the most common file types you’ll come across when using a computer. If you need to produce a high-quality print job, make a document available online, archive old data, or combine multiple formats (text, images, tables, etc.), there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself turning to the PDF format. Despite their hundreds of benefits, they fall short when it comes to editing. It’s just not as easy to edit PDF documents as it is to edit Microsoft Office documents.”

Social Media Explorer: 4 Ways To Use Facebook Live For Driving Traffic And Subscribers To Your Website. “With more than 1.7 billion monthly active users, Facebook already gives marketers better reach and audience insights than any other platform on the web. But now we have Facebook Live, and with it comes the first time in history that marketers can get face to face with their audience. It’s a new era for both engagement and traffic, when done correctly. Here’s how.”


Public Technology: Civil servants advised not to rely on Google Analytics for performance analysis. “Writing on the Home Office Digital blog, Jenny Huynh said that a team’s performance analyst should not just be a ‘Google Analytics (GA) puppet’. She wrote: ‘GA reports are quick to set up but can only measure web goals, so use the analyst to help you develop metrics across the whole service that can’t be tracked on GA.'” This is the UK.

Today’s Google Doodle is a bit pointed. “Google is celebrating civil rights leader Fred Korematsu with its Google Doodle today, on the day that would’ve marked his 98th birthday. Korematsu was born in Oakland, to Japanese immigrants parents, and went into hiding when then U.S. President Roosevelt issued its executive order to people of Japanese descent living in the U.S. into internment camps.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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