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Updated: 2017-03-15T14:31:47-06:00


Shape file and .KML for First People's Language Map of British Columbia


I spent a couple hours today helping a student look for a shape file of the First People's Language Map of B. C. (or anything even close to it). No luck, but feel free to chime in if you know...

I spent a couple hours today helping a student look for a shape file of the First People's Language Map of B. C. (or anything even close to it). No luck, but feel free to chime in if you know of something we missed! Finally while Inspecting and Viewing Source, I tripped across an embedded (or linked, I can't even remember now) .kml file that included the coordinates for all the polygons. Yay! 

I thought this would've been information that was much easier to find, so in the interests of saving the time of anyone else who might be looking for that same info, here you go:

Language_Boundaries .kml file for Google Earth

Contemporary Languages Boundaries shape file for ArcGIS etc. (.zip)

The student had emailed the owner of the site and got no response. Obviously I'll take this down if asked...

Oh, and while I was able to convert the .kml to the shape file within ArcGIS, I had a cleaner experience using the MyGeodata Converter.


Hope this is helpful to someone else!


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...