NHPR: N.H. Launches Online Database for More Than 16,000 Historical Records. “State officials launched an online database Tuesday that gives users access to more than 16,000 historical documents. It’s called the Enhanced Mapping and Management Information tool — or EMMIT for short. Envisioned about 20 years ago, the system provides instant access to records.” Apparently this resource will have a cost but it’s not clear from the article how much that cost will be.
Windpower Engineering and Development: Interactive map pinpoints energy storage installations worldwide. “A digital map detailing more than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects has been unveiled by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). The map, published online for the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona this week includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the United States, to Asia and Europe.”
Library of Congress: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman with Series of Exhibits, Events and Digital Crowdsourcing to Showcase Collections. “The Library’s crowdsourcing initiative ‘By the People’ will launch a campaign April 24 to enlist the public to help transcribe more than 121,000 pages of Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online. Documents selected for transcription will include samples of Whitman’s poetry, prose and correspondence, including versions of poems such as ‘Oh Captain! My Captain!’ and fragments of poems Whitman published in more finished form in ‘Leaves of Grass.'”
Boing Boing: The #ShellPapers: crowdsourcing analysis of all correspondence between Shell and the Dutch government. “The consortium has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for ‘a copy of all government documents sent by Shell, sent to Shell, or otherwise pertaining to Shell and any of its close to 1600 subsidiaries,’ and it’s created an online platform where the public can follow the path of those requests and collaboratively comb through and annotate the responses.”
TechCrunch: Want to know where epidemics are flaring up around the world? Metabiota has the tool for you. “In an effort to inform the public of the health risks breaking out all over the world (or just to scare the bejeezus out of already paranoid people) the startup Metabiota has released a free-to-use epidemic tracker for all of the outbreaks monitored publicly around the world.”
Little White Lies: Explore Charlie Chaplin’s life and career via a new digital archive. “To coincide with Charlie Chaplin’s 130th birthday on 16 April, Roy Export and the Cineteca Di Bologna have created a digital archive dedicated to Chaplin’s life and illustrious 75-year career as a pioneering actor and filmmaker. Around 80 per cent of the materials from the Chaplin family’s collection, including photographs, scripts, notes, sheet music, telegrams, letters, legal contracts, and memos, is now available to the public for the first time.”
Curbed Chicago: Chicago first city to publish data on ride-hailing trips, drivers, and vehicles. “Ride-hailing apps have changed the way cities work and now Chicago is allowing the public to take a closer look at those effects. The published datasets include information about Uber, Lyft and Via trips—even listing how much drivers were tipped.”