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OpenLibrary – what it is (besides trending on reddit)

In addition to being a digital library, it is a linked data experiment with strong accessibility support. It is often cited as an example of linking bib data. It was created by Aaron Swartz (yes, the Aaron Swartz) and is now a project of the Internet Archive (woot! love the IA). https://openlibrary.org/ Linked data info:http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/Use_Case_Open_Library_Data Watch it blow up reddit:http://www.reddit.com/domain/openlibrary.org/

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Using IFTTT to push instagram to a secondary tumblr blog (or for anything)

Apparently, I signed up for IFTTT a while ago, but I haven’t done anything with it, until I read about this tumblr user who wanted to push his instagram pix to a secondary tumblr blog. His thought was to use the post via email – this approach who would work for most blogs (look under settings to find your blog by email address). Basically what that ...

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Free access to British publicly funded research

The British government is planning to make all publicly funded research freely accessible by 2014. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research “British universities now pay around £200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay “article processing charges” (APCs) to have their papers peer reviewed, edited and made freely available online.” This decision comes as a result of the Finch Report, which ...

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Lantern slides – technology and art

Lovely lantern slide of the Library Library, Tring Museum, London.from American Museum of Historyhttp://www.facebook.com/amnhlibrary If you don’t know what a lantern slide is, Lantern Slide Collection has a very good overview. Basically, they are captured/projected positive (vs. a negative) images on  glass plates.  In terms of look and technology, they are a cross between a high quality photocopy and photograph. Many of these are handtinted, which ...

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Wrek, the Library Rock and Roll Show (COMO)

One of the presentations I attended at COMO was a presentation on “Lost in the Stacks” the Library “Rock and Roll” Radio Show hosted at WREK.  This show is on at Fridays at noon and if you can’t catch it then, you can hear the archives for 2 weeks (hopefully they can do podcasting one day). You can also check them out on Facebook, too.  ...

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Google’s Person Finder & other resources for Japanese Tsunami/Earthquake

I think the maps are especially useful but lots of good info available at the Google Crisis Response for the 2011 Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami. Google did a person finder for the Christchurch Earthquake, too, but this really encompasses much more information. Google has put together a list of resources for the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and tsunami, including a link to the person finder in English and ...

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