The Ancient World Online blog has a new digital index.. Special thanks to Marsha B., my only Google+ buddy, for sending this my way. “With the generous support of a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, ISAW has published a new, structured bibliography of ancient-world resources on the world-wide web entitled The AWOL Index. This experimental digital publication, co-authored by ISAW Senior Fellow Charles E. Jones and Associate Director for Digital Programs Tom Elliott, is programmatically extracted from the contents of The Ancient World Online, a blog that Jones has been authoring since 2009.”
In development: an archive of anonymous Italian design. (Very small at the moment.) “Fattobene is a new archive of Italian objects that have been around forever. It is curated by Anna Lagorio (a journalist) and Alex Carnevali (a photographer) who have traveled all over the boot cataloguing and reviewing local anonymous and ‘timeless’ designs. ‘Many objects made it through two world wars unscathed, but today they are at risk of disappearing. We want to invert this process. We believe that creating a space dedicated specifically to them is the first step in making people aware of these objects and returning them to their glory, especially abroad, where there is great demand for Italian products’, declare the two creators.”
Washington DC has a new development database. “On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration quietly launched Project Pipeline Database, an online tool that allows the public to see every development project in the District that’s working with the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The database is broken down by ward, and each project’s page shows the developer behind it, the project manager with DMPED who’s working on it, the address, the square footage, and the projected construction start and finish date. We’re told what is live today is a beta or pilot version, and it’ll only get better.”
The University of Cape Town Libraries have a new digital archive. “Humanitec is a cross-disciplinary project that has brought together researchers from departments as diverse as anatomy, botany, African studies and visual art to build a digital archive that has been designed as an immersive, interactive experience with visual and sonic features. The vast array of artefacts ranges from early 20th century botanical drawings, to the rarest of handcrafted Southern African musical instruments, to architectural drawings of Cape vernacular architecture, to press clippings, newsletters, minutes and other documents that chart the rocky history of cultural resistance in the Western Cape – and much more.”
Been covering a lot of architecture lately: a new database of Oregon historic building photos. “The mobile-friendly, map-based website is one more way that history is coming alive in the burgeoning digital landscape. Users can see historic structures that are still present, such as the 1925 Hayward Field East Grandstand, or those that exist only in photograph and memory, such as the 1938 Civic Stadium.” There are over 22,000 photos in this collection.
The Georgia State University Library has released a WordPress plugin as open source. “As part of its commitment to the free culture movement, Georgia State University Library is pleased to announce the initial release of the AfterEM plugin. AfterEM extends the Events Manager WordPress plugin to provide follow-up emails after an event has occurred. This additional functionality allows event organizers to gather feedback, request follow-up actions, and encourage participation in future events.”
In development: an online archive for female war photographer Olive Edis. “The funding will create a digital archive of images and journals of Olive Edis, who went to the Western Front at the end of the First World War and photographed women and their role in the conflict in Europe and on the Home Front. It will also bring together other images taken by Edis, famous for her portraits of everyone from royalty, prime ministers and high society, including a young Prince Philip and the poet and author Thomas Hardy, to fishermen in her native Norfolk.”
Tate needs some help identifying locations in John Piper photos. “Thousands of John Piper’s unpublished photographs From Cornwall to the Isle of Mull are made available on Tate’s website today, many of them of unidentified locations. Piper originally began taking the photographs when he worked with John Betjeman on the Shell County Guides, capturing shots of ruined abbeys, churches, old shop fronts and country inns, often fascinated by remote or forgotten places. Tate is inviting online visitors to identify the unknown locations in the photographs, spotting local buildings, landscapes or even their homes, helping to complete this historic collection.”
Now available: a database of not-for-profits in New York. “The CNY Media Group, which includes the Press & Sun-Bulletin, The Ithaca Journal and the Elmira Star-Gazette, now offers our readers a valuable new database in which you can easily access the assets, income and revenue of thousands of not-for-profit organizations in New York, also providing easy access to three years of more detailed IRS filings.”
New-to-me: the vernacular architecture of Africa has an online database. “In 2014, [Jon] Sojkowski created the first online database of African vernacular architecture, using photos he’d taken during his research trips to Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland, as well as photos from Flickr and photographer submissions. So far, his database includes photos for 48 countries.”
Under development: a digital library of Ladino materials. “The Ladino collection is among the nation’s largest, second to the one housed at Yeshiva University in New York. Among the finds is a rare book of ethics published in Istanbul in the 1740s and a 1916 book of advice to immigrants to the U.S., which among weightier matters carries a useful explanation of how to eat ice-cream cones. (Ice cream, Sephardic Jews had seen before. Ice cream cones, not so much.)” I had to look up Ladino. Wikipedia describes it as “…a Romance language derived from Old Spanish. Originally spoken in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire (the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa) as well as in France, Italy, Netherlands, Morocco, and the UK, today it is spoken mainly by Sephardic minorities in more than 30 countries, most of the speakers residing in Israel. Although it has […]
Microsoft has a new translator app. “Released Thursday, Microsoft Translator is a new app designed by the software giant for iOS and Android users. The app supports phones and tablets as well as the Apple Watch and smartwatches that run Android Wear, Google’s adaptation of its mobile software for wearables. You can type or speak the word or phrase you want translated. In response, the app shows you the translated text on the screen and then speaks it for you.” 50 different languages are currently supported.
India is getting a database of flora. “The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has developed the first open-access online database of India’s floral diversity to document over 18,000 flowering plant species in an effort at boosting digitisation and conservation of endangered ones.” It’s currently in a test release.
A long-running study of A-bomb survivors is being turned into a digital archive. “In 1949, four years after the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, American geneticist William Jack Schull travelled to Japan to join a study examining the effects of ionizing radiation on A-bomb survivors. Little did he expect that 68 years later, he would still be associated with the same study. He is now working to share his memories by collating a digital archive based on his time in Japan.”
The EFF has officially released its Privacy Badger extension. “Privacy Badger 1.0 works in tandem with the new Do Not Track (DNT) policy, announced earlier this week by EFF and a coalition of Internet companies. Users can set the DNT flag—in their browser settings or by installing Privacy Badger—to signal that they want to opt-out of online tracking. Privacy Badger won’t block third-party services that promise to honor all DNT requests.”