The Top 5 Reasons We’re Taking A Break From Lists
NPR best books of 2013, NOT a list. – Annie
A Backyard Library
If you don’t have enough room for all your books – Annie
Draw a Stickman
Seriously super cool interactive story – Annie
Smithsonian X 3D
autodesk – jeff
The Incredible Story Of Marion Stokes, Who Single-Handedly Taped 35 Years Of TV News
Marion Stokes built an archive of tv news, in her home, one tape at a time. The Internet Archive plans to share them. – Matt Phillips
Disruptions: A Digital Underworld Cloaked in Anonymity
You never know who you’ll bump into at your local library. – Matt Phillips
library card resin iphone 5 case
I don’t like phone cases, but if were going to buy one, this’d be it. – Matt Phillips
MIT’s Amazing 3D Gizmo
Reach out and touch someone. For real. – Annie
Are Digital Libraries A ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Market? OverDrive Hopes So – Forbes
Overdrive! – David Weinberger
videoconverter.js – Convert Videos In Your Web Browser
amazing video processing in browser – jeff
GitHub’s Explore Email – interesting repos on GitHub
Daily, weekly, or Monthly email highlighting interesting repos on GitHub. – Matt Phillips
Race car game. No computer required.
The participant can drive the tiny car. Behind the screen the mechanics of installation are revealed. – Matt Phillips
BBC News – Bletchley Park WWII archive to go online
Millions of documents stored at the World War II code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, are set to be digitised – Matt Phillips
The Daily Tar Heel :: NC libraries put content online
Content from 100 institutions goes online – David Weinberger
The Watertown Free Public Library has fully embraced the Awesome Box. They have not one but two Awesome Boxes — one at the main circulation desk and one at the circulation desk in the children’s room.
The Awesome Box in the children’s room has a button that when pressed says “Awesome.”
In addition to the boxes, they’ve installed a display that oozes awesome. With the display, the boxes, and the button, it’s a full awesome experience.
Pop by the WFPL in person and checkout the things they’ve Awesomed on the Web.
In newest porn debate, Orland Park library pleads the First – chicagotribune.com
“Please face your monitors toward the wall. Thank you.” – David Weinberger
Budgets Challenge Libraries, a ‘Point of Integration’ for Immigrants
It’s a point of integration into American culture. It’s a support. – Matt Phillips
National digital library gains traction | Harvard Gazette
Now with 100% more StackLife! – David Weinberger
Futuristic Architecture: Learning Center by Zaha Hadid – Design Milk
Futuristic new library in Vienna – Annie
Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore? via reddit.com
reddit discussion – David Weinberger
Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town – KansasCity.com
Note: Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town – KansasCity.com – David Weinberger
A Camera Drama
A collection of unique camera apparatuses and the footage they produce – Annie
IBM Watson’s New Gig: Cancer Fighter
IBM Watson goes from Jeopardy to mining unstructured medical data – Annie
Coyle’s InFormation: Instant WayBack URL
Realtime WayBack archiving at the Internet Archive – Matt Phillips
Websites change, go away, and are taken down. In general, we understand that the Web is ephemeral and we’re okay with encountering the occasional 404. We can tell ourselves, “Hey, don’t worry about it. There are at least 542 million other cat pictures out there. I’ll find another one.” Sometimes though, you are linking to something important and it’s a huge bummer to lose the content at the other end of the link. Like when you’re reading a Supreme Court opinion and every other link you click on is dead.
The problem of missing linked content, or reference rot, is solvable though and we’ve taken a stab at it. Our solution is Perma.cc.
At Perma.cc, any author (you!) can input a URL for archiving. When you submit the URL to Perma.cc, Perma.cc will, in realtime, download the content at that URL and pass back to you a new URL (a “Perma.cc link”). You can then insert the new link into your scholarly paper, blog entry, or Supreme Court opinion. For example, if you’re referencing the Dole Kemp ’96 campaign site, you’ll give Perma.cc, dolekemp96.org, and Perma.cc will return http://perma.cc/0M9BDKrtCL6 to you for insertion into your publication.
Perma.cc is a big effort and we knew we’d be in over our heads if we tried to go it alone. So, we found some friends — 30 or so amazing partners that are helping us build the product and host the archived sites.
Libraries are ideal partners for Perma.cc. They are uniquely situated to battle reference rot — they’re trusted sources, they’re good at archiving, and they think on a long timescale.
This effort has been getting some coverage lately. Get started with the New York Times piece and give Jonathan Zittrain’s Marketplace Tech interview a listen.
As with all of the Lab’s work, our code is open and we’d love to have your help. So, mosey on over to GitHub, fork the repo, fix and enhance, and send us pull requests. Thank you.
This March, Sidsel Bech-Petersen a Library Transformer at Aarhus Public Libraries and I have proposed a session at South By Southwest Interactive. It’s called Library Machines, and essentially, it’s a discussion/workshop to explore new ideas and directions for libraries. It will be the spiritual sibling of last year’s Libraries: the Ultimate Playground.
During the Library Machines session, we’ll all go through a quick, “mad libs” style design exercise, and use that as a jumping off point for a larger discussion through the rest of the session.
1) If you’re going to be at SXSW, join us! this will be a discussion and making session, not a presentation
2) If all goes according to plan, outside this session we should be facilitating a bunch of library “innovation”-y fun stuff so reach out if you’re interested in helping! (jgoldenson AT law.harvard.edu)
Give it a thumbs up, a tweet and if inspired, make an Library Machine in the comments!