Google Blog: Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth

Google Blog: Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth. “In December, we took the Street View trekker to Christmas Island, a remote tropical territory of Australia just south of Indonesia. With Parks Australia, we joined the island’s red crabs as they marched in the millions from the forest to the sea for their annual migration. Now it’s time to shellebrate. Starting today on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth, you can explore Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ unique wildlife, dazzling ocean vistas and lush rainforests, including the grand finale of the red crab migration—the spawning. “

Valley News Live: North Dakota’s education dashboard aims to bring more transparency

Valley News Live: North Dakota’s education dashboard aims to bring more transparency. “A new education dashboard aims to bring more transparency and accountability to North Dakota schools. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says it is now online and includes a wide variety of information about the state’s schools. The dashboard is part of North Dakota’s new accountability system to measure the quality, performance and progress on improvement of its schools, Baesler said.”

Curbed NY: See every single building in Manhattan mapped with this new tool

Curbed NY: See every single building in Manhattan mapped with this new tool. “There are more than 1 million buildings in NYC, and many of those clustered on the island of Manhattan, spanning architectural styles, hundreds of years, and all manner of types. And now, a nifty new tool, called All the Buildings in Manhattan, takes information about those myriad structures and puts it in one colorful data visualization. The tool was created by Taylor Baldwin, a software engineer at BuzzFeed who has created similar projects that visualize Citi Bike user trips and the various parts of different songs.”

New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books. “The Library’s Asian Division has digitized an archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of monographs and galley proofs censored by the Japanese government in the 1920s and 1930s. The Japanese Censorship Collection reveals traces of an otherwise-hidden censorship process through marginal notes, stamps, penciled lines and commentary inscribed by the censors’ own hands.”

American Folklife Center: AFC’s James Madison Carpenter Collection Is Online

American Folklife Center: AFC’s James Madison Carpenter Collection Is Online. “The collection itself was the work of James Madison Carpenter, a Harvard-trained scholar who gathered more than 3,000 traditional songs and 300 folk plays, as well as fiddle tunes, folk customs, children’s games, and traditional tales. He collected most of them in Britain between 1928 and 1935, with a smaller number coming from the USA, between 1927 and 1943…. He spent time in local communities recording traditional ballads, ‘bothy songs,’ seasonal carols, sea shanties, and more. Unlike earlier collectors, he made sound recordings of some of his contributors on wax cylinders, including some performers whose songs and tunes had previously been notated only by hand.”

Tire Industry Association: TIA Announces New Online Search Tool to Locate TIA Certified Trainers Nationwide

Tire Industry Association: TIA Announces New Online Search Tool to Locate TIA Certified Trainers Nationwide. “The online search tool is featured on TIA’s official website… and includes a listing of TIA certified trainers from across the country. Users will be able to locate certified trainers in their area by typing in their preferred city, state, or zip code. Each listing will include the trainers first and last name, along with their contact information and specific tire service expertise.”

Washington Post: More than 208,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

Washington Post: More than 208,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. “The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999. Beyond the dead and wounded, children who witness the violence or cower behind locked doors to hide from it can be profoundly traumatized. The federal government does not track school shootings, so The Post pieced together its numbers from news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and calls to schools and police departments.”