Towse: views from the hill

June 2, 2009


Filed under: app,resource,webstuff — Towse @ 7:26 pm

Have you played with Bing yet?

Go on. You know you want to!

Run your mouse along the right edge to pull up a synopsis of the page featured. Browse through the related links.

Have fun.

April 22, 2009

[URL] World Digital Library launched. FREE!

Filed under: history,libraries,maps,photographs,resource,URL — Towse @ 5:29 pm

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 32 partner institutions today launched the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. The site — located at — includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. It provides unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.

from the site: The WDL focuses on significant primary materials, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other types of primary sources.

See also UNESCO’s Memory of the World project.

[via LOC’s Twitterfeed]

October 23, 2008

Imperial History of the Middle East

Filed under: history,maps,resource — Towse @ 1:00 am

Imperial History of the Middle East [SWF] … all that world history you’ve forgotten but probably would be better off remembering right now.

The Web is a wonder.

October 2, 2008

British Battles – analysing and documenting British Battles from the previous centuries

Filed under: history,resource,URL — Towse @ 12:59 am

British Battles – analysing and documenting British Battles from the previous centuries

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Interesting site: from Hastings through the Boer Wars.

June 12, 2008

[URL] Corpus of American English

Filed under: app,resource,wordstuff,writing — Towse @ 12:26 am

Corpus of American English

Brilliant app.

The Corpus of American English (not to be confused with the American National Corpus) is the first large corpus of contemporary American English. It is freely available online, and it is related to other large corpora that we have created.

The corpus contains more than 360 million words of text, including 20 million words each year from 1990-2007, and it is equally divided among spoken, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic texts (more information). The corpus will also be updated at least twice each year from this point on, and will therefore serve as a unique record of linguistic changes in American English.

The interface allows you to search for exact words or phrases, wildcards, lemmas, part of speech, or any combinations of these. You can search for surrounding words (collocates) within a ten-word window (e.g. all nouns somewhere near chain, all adjectives near woman, or all verbs near key).

The corpus also allows you to easily limit searches by frequency and compare the frequency of words, phrases, and grammatical constructions, in at least two main ways:

* By genre: comparisons between spoken, fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic, or even between sub-genres (or domains), such as movie scripts, sports magazines, newspaper editorial, or scientific journals
* Over time: compare different years from 1990 to the present time

You can also easily carry out semantically-based queries of the corpus. For example, you can contrast and compare the collocates of two related words (little/small, democrats/republicans, men/women), to determine the difference in meaning or use between these words. You can find the frequency and distribution of synonyms for nearly 60,000 words and also compare their frequency in different registers, and also use these word lists as part of other queries. Finally, you can easily create your own lists of semantically-related words, and then use them directly as part of the query.

June 7, 2008

William F. Buckley

Filed under: history,journalism,people,resource,writing — Towse @ 1:46 am

Hillsdale College – William F. Buckley: “This website contains the complete writings of William F. Buckley, Jr. Transcripts from his long-running TV show, Firing Line are available at the Hoover Institution.”

May 30, 2008

TimesMachine – New York Times

Filed under: history,news,resource — Towse @ 7:09 pm

TimesMachine – New York Times

TimesMachine can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New-York Daily Times, on September 18, 1851, through The New York Times of December 30, 1922. Choose a date in history and flip electronically through the pages, displayed with their original look and feel.

The Web is a wonder.

Update:Note: TimesMachine is available only to home delivery subscribers. Contact your library for complimentary access to the complete archive of The New York Times offered by ProQuest.

Dang. Sorry to get everyone’s hopes (including mine) up.

Most public libraries in the United States offer access to ProQuest to registered library users (e.g. reference tools available at San Francisco Public) but not access to the PDFs. Drat. Dang.

Got creativity?

Filed under: life,resource — Towse @ 2:52 pm

17 Obscure Creativity-Sparking Websites | LifeDev

April 29, 2008

Old Bailey Online – The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 – Central Criminal Court

Filed under: history,resource,URL — Towse @ 4:56 pm

Old Bailey Online – The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 – Central Criminal Court

[courtesy of Auntie K. Thanks, K!]

First thing I did, of course, was pop /towse/ into the search to see what the Towses were up to from 1674-1913.

February 7, 2008

Human Proteinpedia

Filed under: resource,science,URL — Towse @ 9:42 pm

Human Proteinpedia — the wonders of the Web.

A researcher at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Genetic Medicine has led the effort to compile to date the largest free resource of experimental information about human proteins. Reporting in the February issue of Nature Biotechnology, the research team describes how all researchers around the world can access this data and speed their own research.

Zounds, eh?

No anonymous postings. Only experimental results. (i.e. no predictions) You must be registered and logged-in to add data, but anyone can query.

Human Proteinpedia is a community portal for sharing and integration of human protein data. It allows research laboratories to contribute and maintain protein annotations. Human Protein Reference Database (HPRD) integrates data, that is deposited in Human Proteinpedia along with the existing literature curated information in the context of an individual protein. All the public data contributed to Human Proteinpedia can be queried, viewed and downloaded.

Data pertaining to post-translational modifications, protein-protein interactions, tissue expression, expression in cell lines, subcellular localization and enzyme substrate relationships can be submitted to Human Proteinpedia.

Protein annotations present in Human Proteinpedia are derived from a number of platforms such as

  • Co-immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry-based protein-protein interaction
  • Co-immunoprecipitation and Western blotting based protein-protein interaction
  • Fluorescence based experiments
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mass Spectrometric Analysis
  • Protein and peptide microarray
  • Western blotting
  • Yeast two-hybrid based protein-protein interaction

And if you understood all that, this site’s for you.

So far 71 labs have contributed information on 2,695 experiments covering 15,231 protein entries.



The Web wasn’t created just to distribute pron and LOLcats (although it’s very good at that too).

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