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Updated: 2017-02-06T09:48:13-07:00


Using to find the *good* content on Twitter


Some time ago I learned about from a post on ResearchBuzz. Since then, it's grown a bit, and I've been receiving useful weekly updates to a few hashtags I like to follow on the Twitter. In a nutshell, rather...

Hydrator is my new favourite tool to hydrate tweet-ids (aka so many tools!)


For the past couple of weeks I've been helping a student gather a collection of historical tweets, based on specific hashtags. You may be aware that Twitter's search API limits searches to only the past week or so, which sucks...

If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine


Last month I railed on the new Wayback Machine plugin for Chrome. Well they've been busy, and the current version solves many of my nitpicks on the initial version. has a post detailing 6 ways you can save pages...

Here's how to monitor for disappearing or changing news online


Over the weekend Ed Summers released a tool called diffengine that monitors an RSS feed and then posts captures of any changed text to Twitter. It's meant for monitoring news sites, but could be used for anything that has an...

Sorry, the new Wayback Machine extension for Chrome needs some work!


Feb 2, 2017 update: improvements have been made! The other day I saw a headline about a new extension for the Chrome browser from the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine. I had initially ignored this, assuming it was the same thing...

First run on autoEdit 2, open source transcription tool


Having had this tab opened for what seems like forever, I finally got around to running some tests of autoEdit 2, an open-source automatic transcription tool (automatically creates a text file from a given audio or video file). This tool...

Archive of tweets from Semantic Web in Libraries (swib) 2016


As I did last year, I have captured all the tweets from this year's Semantic Web in Libraries conference using the TAGS tool for Google Sheets. As of this posting there are 630 tweets with the hashtag #SWIB, 573 of...

Tammy and Paula's Most Wonderful, Best-Ever, Holiday Book List 2016


Over at the Apples with Many Seeds blog, which is attached to our Education Library, Tammy and Paula are putting together a great book list for this holiday season. Want to impress the young folk in your life with an...