TechCrunch: MrOwl wants to be your new sharing platform. “The app is what would happen if a social network had a baby with Evernote. Users can create public or private stores of data – this is my branch about Rolex – and put in images, text, and links. There are popular branches like this one about secret menus and you can create private ones just for yourself. I found the app interesting if a bit quiet right now. With a few more users it could become a vibrant information-sharing location.” I registered – of course I did! – but I was not thrilled with some of the things required for registration (birth date? I barely know this site) and the UI felt a little unfriendly. I’ll spend some more time with it, but I’m not thrilled.
I’m not sure how much of this I agree with, but I hope it sparks some debate: Big Museums Need To Stop Hoarding Treasures Nobody Ever Sees. “Over the past three centuries, Western countries developed large, public institutions designed to house objects of cultural, historic, or scientific importance. Today our great museums contain some of the most beautiful and significant objects in existence. But as they continue to acquire more items they can neither afford to care for nor display to the public whom they are supposed to serve, it appears that many museums have turned into hoarders—on an epic scale.”
Evernote? OneNote? Google Keep? How about Zoho Notebook? “Everyone’s note-taking needs and styles are different, and there probably isn’t a single app that satisfies them all. To that end, I was pleasantly surprised to see productivity software maker Zoho take a crack at this with its new Notebook app for iOS and Android.”
Google has officially launched sharing tool Google Spaces. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in. When someone shares something new to a space, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a beat. And if you ever want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, comments or even images—a quick search lets you pull it up in a snap.” Would you like a Space for resources I post on ResearchBuzz? This would be in addition to, not instead of, the Web site.
Lifehacker’s got a writeup on a tool called Quotationr. “Web/Chrome: Whether you’re saving inspirational quotes for later or doing some light research, Quotationr is a fast, free, and flexible way to grab bits of text from around the web and save them to your account for future reference. Mark them public or private, tag them to keep them organized, and come back later.” Sounds like a good tool if you want a way to organize snippets and don’t need something as heavy as Evernote or OneNote. There’s a free version and a premium version that’ll cost you a whopping $9 a year.
Matthew Reidsma has written this incredible – well, it’s formatted as a blog post but it’s really a research paper, I think – called Algorithmic Bias in Library Discovery Systems, that carefully walks you through the concept of how algorithms are used in library discovery tools, then gets down to it with the examples of bias. I am going to have to read this multiple times. There is so much to think about here. Please read this.
Food for thought from JSTOR: Should Archivists Document Collective Memory? “How do people assign meaning and weight to past events? Sociologists have coined the term ‘collective memory’ to describe it. And it turns out that collective memory doesn’t just dictate the way groups recall the past en masse. Rather, wrote Jeannette A. Bastian, an event’s ‘memory trajectory’ also influences the ways archivists preserve history—and opens up opportunities to contextualize and document more than just an event.”
Alan Levine is on a roll! He’s written a great look at old-school social bookmarking. And one of the things I love about Alan’s blog is that the comments add even more to his post.
You’re more used to hearing about online services adding feeds, but Delicious is actually discontinuing its premium service. “While we appreciate the passionate users who paid to use our service, the bottom line is that there have not been enough to support the resources required to maintain separate functionality.”