OCLC, AOL, Google, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, April 29, 2014

The American Museum of Natural History has opened up a big online archive. “Among the other collections that have been digitized are 3,400 glass plates documenting the daily lives of African-Americans in South Carolina and Alabama, immigrants at Ellis Island and Seminole Indians in Florida in the late 19th century; records of expeditions by Carl S. Lumholtz, an ethnographer, to Mexico during the same period; lantern slides of plants, animals and people around the world; and programs for school children during the 20th century.”

Google’s restaurant search now offers several different filters. I can’t be the only one who uses Google to find restaurants and then checks them out on Yelp.

More Google: it says its self-driving cars are doing pretty okay. “Google says that cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology.”

AOL got hacked and lost more than passwords. “The company said it was working with federal authorities to investigate the attack, in which hackers obtained email addresses, postal addresses, encrypted passwords and answers to security questions used to reset passwords.”

Skype is making group video calling free.

Facebook is open-sourcing the animation engine that powers its Paper app. “Pop joins Facebook’s growing arsenal of open source tools for iOS, including KVOController, Shimmer, and Tweaks. That’s only a small slice of Facebook’s overall open source library, of course, which also includes the likes of the HipHop virtual machine, the Open Compute project and the Tornado Python web framework originally developed at FriendFeed.”

OCLC has released WorldCat Works as linked data. “OCLC has made 197 million bibliographic work descriptions—WorldCat Works—available as linked data, a format native to the Web that will improve discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and Web services.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

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