National Library of Medicine: Revealing Data: Why We Need Humans To Curate Web Collections . “In this Revealing Data series we explore data in historical medical collections, and how preserving this data helps to ensure that generations of researchers can reexamine it, reveal new stories, and make new discoveries. Future researchers will likely want to examine the data of the web archive collections, collected and preserved by libraries, archives, and others, using a wide range of approaches, to document unfolding events.” Good stuff from Alexander Nwala.
The Verge: This amazing new web tool lets you create microsites that exist solely as URLs. “Former Google designer Nicholas Jitkoff, who’s now the vice president of design at Dropbox, has created a really nifty new web tool he’s calling itty bitty sites, or self-contained microsites that exist solely as URLs…. you can fill the equivalent of about one printed 8.5 x 11-inch page with any combination of plain text, ASCII characters, or emojis. The actual byte limit depends on where you’d like to share it; Twitter and Slack allow for around 4,000 bytes, while the Mac version of Chrome can accommodate up to 10,000 bytes. The site isn’t actually hosted anywhere — the entirety of the webpage exists as a URL compressed using what’s known as the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm.”
Government Executive: Citizenship Agency Removed Website Pages on Asylum Policy Training. “In the latest in its ongoing monitoring of Trump administration alterations of agency website content, a transparency group found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services removed 26 website documents of training material for its officers dealing with asylum seekers.”
BusinessCloud: Public Can Now Search Government’s Entire Digital Archive. “The British government’s entire online presence comprising billions of web pages has been indexed and digitally archived to the cloud for the first time. Manchester tech firm MirrorWeb has devised an all-new indexing to create an accessible, searchable and user-friendly resource for the public. The National Archives’ gigantic 120TB web archive encompasses billions of web pages – from every government department website and social media account – from 1996 to the present.”
PRWeb: JsonWHOIS is Now Offering Complete Whois Database Download (PRESS RELEASE). “JsonWHOIS, a company specializing in domain Whois API services, announced today they would begin offering access to complete whois database download. The announcement means the company will now offer users access to close than 300 million active domain names with WHOIS records, including data on important dates like expiration and creation, owner and contact information, name servers, and social data including counts from websites including Google, Twitter, and Facebook.” As you might imagine, this is not free.
American Alliance of Museums: The World Doesn’t Need Another Website. “So many of those websites assume that we are merely passive consumers who gobble up whatever content is in front of us. Today – when information seems to proliferate without end and when discriminating quality and trustworthiness is becoming increasingly more difficult, ‘just a website’ can’t hope to represent the complexity that is part-and-parcel of what it means to understand the world today. It strikes me that these are the same challenges that you as museum professionals are faced with every day. It seems right, therefore, that a digital platform built for this community should endeavor to wrestle with the same complexities that you do.” Lot of great thinking, lot of pointers to great thoughts.
Engadget: Glitch launches its ‘YouTube for app creators’. “Fog Creek Software (led by well-known entrepreneur Anil Dash) has spent about a year testing Glitch, a sort of YouTube for app creators where people can create, modify and host code in an easy to use, collaborative environment. And now, it’s ready for public consumption: Glitch has dropped the beta tag and is now officially available to everyone. The site lets you ‘remix’ them regardless of your skill level. You don’t even have to figure out where to launch them, as Glitch automatically hosts your work.”