Emacsen’s Blog: Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble . “I was a contributor for OpenStreetMap for a long time, and I advocated for OpenStreetMap for a long time, but the project has stalled while the proprietary mapping world has continued to improve in data quality. For those of us who care about Free and Open data, this is a problem. In this article, I explore the reasons why I think OSM has stalled, as well as solutions to get the project back on track.”
Joyce Valenza: Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images. “If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.” Quick roundup but so useful if you do a lot of writing in Google Docs / Google Drive!
Poynter: These tools will help you find the right images for your stories. “It’s a hard sell to get anyone to read an article online if that article doesn’t have an image. Most audiences find posts through social or search, both of which have a visual element. Articles without images show up as boring texts blocks that few will see and even fewer will click through. But what do you do if you don’t have an image? Luckily, there are a variety of image hosting sites with generous licenses that journalists can sort through. No image, no problem.” Just as interesting — possibly more interesting — than the article itself is what was written in response to the article. See the note at the top of the page.
Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Making Public Domain and Rights-Clear Content Easier to Find. “One of our biggest challenges is letting you know about all of the content available at loc.gov. Another challenge we have is letting you know what you can do with it (in a nice way). We are working on several fronts to improve the visibility of public domain and rights-clear content. We moved one step in that direction today with the launch of our Free to Use and Reuse page.”
Met Museum: Creating Access beyond metmuseum.org: The Met Collection on Wikipedia. “Spanning 5,000 years of human history, the Museum’s comprehensive collection is relevant to audiences across the globe. There is an artwork in the collection that could inspire any one of the 3.9 billion internet-connected people in the world. Our goal is to reduce the distance between each of those people and the artwork that would inspire them, and Open Access is one of the major tactics to move us closer to that goal. With the initiative now one year young, it is interesting to take a moment to note the impact it has had.”
District Dispatch / ALA: Pending bills would improve access to information. “Academic libraries are on the front lines of innovation and job creation, supporting education for tomorrow’s workforce and research that will create new technologies. By advocating for improved access to information, libraries can support those missions. Several bills pending in Congress would improve the public’s access to research and data produced with public funding. If enacted, these bills would expand the information resources that academic libraries could offer to their faculty and students.”
PR Newswire: Chemical Heritage Foundation is now Science History Institute (PRESS RELEASE). “The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has changed its name to the Science History Institute. This change follows the 2015 merger with the Life Sciences Foundation (LSF), an organization that focused on the history of the life sciences and biotechnology. The new organization focuses on the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences….Along with the new name, the Institute is debuting its new digital collections website featuring more than 5,000 items, including books, photographs, museum objects, letters, and advertisements…. More than 1,000 of these images, primarily of rare books and museum objects, are being released as public domain, free of copyright, and may be used without requesting permission.”