TechCrunch: MrOwl wants to be your new sharing platform

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.

Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat

Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat. “The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. How do you collect an app? What is the thing you’re actually collecting? And what for? The fact is, collecting digital is a new frontier for design museums. What you collect, how you do it, and why, are very much still open questions. But as more and more of our designed world either becomes digital or is experienced digitally, there’s an express urgency to find ways of collecting and preserving the important aspects of our digital culture. With that in mind, we thought it useful to share […]

Art21: The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism

From Art21: The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism. “The strategic practices of creating and maintaining an archive—the collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting of documents—are appealing to artists as methods to make sense of today’s constant bombardment of information and images. Whereas trained archivists typically led the production of archives, increasing numbers of artists are assuming this responsibility, particularly within the context of social-documentary photography.”

The Guardian: In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back

The Guardian: In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back. “The more we have, the more we rely on algorithms and automated recommendation systems. Hence the unstoppable march of algorithmic recommendations, machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data into the cultural sphere. Yet this isn’t the end of the story. Search, for example, tells us what we want to know, but can’t help if we don’t already know what we want. Far from disappearing, human curation and sensibilities have a new value in the age of algorithms. Yes, the more we have the more we need automation. But we also increasingly want informed and idiosyncratic selections. Humans are back.” Some of us never left.

Editorial: Big Museums Need To Stop Hoarding Treasures Nobody Ever Sees

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? …. Zoho Notebook?

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.”

Teens Curate Their Instagram Feeds

Interesting: teens curate their social media accounts. On one hand, I’m “Wow! Curating!” On the other hand, I’m “OH NOES THE PHOTOS ARE MOSTLY GONE!” “Another teen Instagram user, Catherine, tells TI via text message that she too deletes photos when she doesn’t get a lot of likes. She says she has over 500 followers and most of her posts have around 100 likes. Mastering the art of Instagram sounds a lot like fishing: The photo is bait and the engaged followers are the fish. If one type of bait isn’t working, you toss it and try another.”

Google Officially Launches Google Spaces

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.

Web Snippet Saving Tool: Quotationr

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.

Algorithmic Bias in Library Discovery Systems

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.

JSTOR: Should Archivists Document Collective Memory?

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.”

University of Virginia and the APTrust Project

The University of Virginia has put out an update about its APTrust digital preservation initiative. “APTrust – more formally, the Academic Preservation Trust – is a massive, UVA-led initiative meant to remove that threat [of technological obsolescence.]…To date, APTrust has already preserved more than 16 terabytes of data from all its partner institutions. Due to its rapidly growing storage-space demands, the group currently uses Amazon Web Services to store and safeguard all of its contents. Every piece of data is protected through multiple levels of redundancy. Once a new file is properly packaged and labeled at depositing institutions such as UVA, it’s saved at two separate Amazon data centers, one in Virginia and one in Oregon. Inside each center, a copy of the data is stored inside three separate ‘availability zones.’ These zones have independent power supplies, environmental controls and network connections, so if one is disrupted, the others will […]

Delicious Drops Delicious Premium

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.”