The days are shorter, our sleeves are longer but these links are still just as rad.
Hey ma, this internet this is pretty cool.
Libraries, the Web, the network. You know, the good stuff.
Summertime is the best time to share a few pieces of the Web we’ve enjoyed lately.
Watch These Ninety-Six “Pixels” Inflate and Deflate
Low res, bag display. – Matt Phillips
Color palette tutorial time! This is by no means…
Simple color picking method – Annie
The Most Face-Melting Music Video You’ve Ever Seen
Make and melt your face. – Matt Phillips
For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated – NYTimes.com
Email newsletters, alive and well. – Matt Phillips
TIME OUT .02: Time to X
Walk through the sound clip. 96 sounds through 96 speakers. This is amazing. – Matt Phillips
Nobody. Understands. Punctuation.
Punctuation should be used to express your voice. This is the best thing I read online this week. – Matt Phillips
How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name
I want this, but for publications. Take CS, the average age of an Info Theory pub has to be 40 years. Big data, 3. – Matt Phillips
WE ARE FROM L.A
Amazing work – jeff
A git repository representing the Unix source code history
Browse through decades-old unix commits using git. – Matt Phillips
Secrets of the Stacks — Book Excerpts
Excerpt from The Shelf covering library weeding – Annie
INTERSTELLAR SELFIE STATION
so good – jeff
The drinkable book purifies water
The form factor and mechanics of the book make it a good delivery device for a large spectrum of things. – Matt Phillips
Video: A Day in the Life of NYC’s Branches — NYMag
The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age
When an institution like the @nytimes produces for so long, they “can be both a daily newsletter and a library” – Matt Phillips
The Setup / Morgan Holzer
What the NYPL Information Architect for the user experience team uses to get stuff done. – Annie
Harvard Library has 13M items in its collection. Harvard is digitizing many of them, but as of now you cannot do a full text search of them.
Google Books had 30M books digitized as of a year ago. You can do full-text searches of them.
So, I wrote a little mash-up app [corrected url] that lets you search Google Books for text, and then matches up the results with books in Harvard Library. It’s a proof of concept, and I’m counting the concept as proved, or at least as promising. On the other hand, my API key for Google Books only allows 2,000 queries a day, so it’s not practical on the licensing front.
Some details below the clickable screenshot…
The Google Books results are on the left (only ten for now), and HOLLIS on the right.
If a Google result is yellow, there’s a match with a book in HOLLIS. Gray means no match. HOLLIS book titles are prefaced by a number that refers to the Google results number. Clicking on the Google results number (in the circle) hides or shows those works in the stack on the right; this is because some Google books match lots of items in HOLLIS. (Harvard has a lot of copies of King Lear, for example.)
There are two types of matches. If an item matched on a firm identifier (ISBN,OCLC, LCCN), then there’s a checkmark before the title in the HOLLIS stack, and there’s a “Stacklife” button in the Google list. Clicking on the Stacklife button displays the book in Harvard StackLife, a very cool — and prize winning! — library browser created by our Lab. The StackLife stack colorizes items based on how much they’re used by the Harvard community. The thickness of the book indicates its page count and its length indicates its actual physical height.
If there’s no match on the identifiers, then the page looks for a keyword match on the title and an exact match on the author’s last name. This can result in multiple results, not all of which may be right. So, on the Google result there’s a “Feeling lucky” button that will take you to the first match’s entry in StackLife.
The “Google” button takes you to that item’s page at Google Books, filtered by your search terms for your full-texting convenience.
The “View” button pops up the Google Books viewer for that book, if it’s available.
The “Clear stack” button deselects all the items in the Google results, hiding all the items in the HOLLIS stack.
Let me know how this breaks or sucks, but don’t expect it ever to be a robust piece of software. Remember its source.