Desire for Perfect Instagram Photos Are Damaging Ancient Monuments

The desire of tourists to get an awesome Instagram picture is damaging ancient monuments. “…more pagodas lead to more pictures. And nothing seems to frighten tourism officials quite like a tourist without something to photograph. When Myanmar’s ministry of culture recently banned visitors from climbing on some of the largest structures—thus hindering their access to Bagan’s ubiquitous ‘sunset photo’—the country’s vice minister for tourism was adamant that the ban would ‘seriously impact the tourism sector.’ While he understood the ‘need for the long-term conservation of pagodas … the ban should not have been imposed before an alternative viewing location had been put in place.’
Tourism officials won. The ban was rolled back, and the photos continued.” Hurry up, AR….

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture Gets Online Collections Search Tool

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee Knoxville has launched a new online collections search tool. “The online search capability was launched with 1,270 objects from featured collections, including the museum’s map collection, Roman objects, art works on paper, and selected historic photographs. Staff will gradually add additional items from the more than 28,000 objects in the museum’s arts and culture collections. Other collections slated for digitization in the upcoming months include more historic photography, Northwest coast Native American material culture, and Tang Dynasty Chinese ceramics.”

The Pros and Cons of the new oaDOI Tool

Scholars Cooperative at Wayne State University takes a look at the new oaDOI tool. “oaDOI, a new tool for locating the Open Access version of an article (when available) announced at the end of last week that they were live, and initial reactions to the service have been very positive. It was created by Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem, two of the co-founders of Impactstory, an altmetric tracking site, and uses a host of data sources to locate openly-accessible versions of articles based on their DOIs. This looks to be an incredibly powerful tool for researchers and librarians alike for a few different reasons. No tool is perfect, however, so I will outline the main pros and cons of oaDOI below…”

TechCrunch: Twitter finally stops counting usernames against reply character limits in test

I’m glad that they won’t count, but I’m bothered if they don’t appear. TechCrunch: Twitter finally stops counting usernames against reply character limits in test. “#Beyond140 is coming to fruition with the removal of one of the most annoying laws of Twitter. Some iOS users are now part of a test group that no longer sees a recipients’ usernames appear or count against the 140 character limit when they post replies. This leaves more room for actual discussion.”

Has Larry Page’s Flying Car Project Been Spotted in the Wild?

Has Larry Page’s “flying car” project been spotted in the wild? “This is one of the first photos of what is believed to be a ‘flying car’ funded by Google co-founder Larry Page. The mysterious aircraft was spotted at the Hollister Airport, where Page’s startup Zee.Aero has a hangar.”