Instagram, ShareLaTeX, Getty, More: Saturday Buzz, February 22, 2014

Fast Company has a slide show and article about HereFeed, which is a real-time heat map of Instagram photos. Cool!

Metadata Muddles in Google Books – at least one unintentionally hilarious. The author mentions his 2009 article Google Books, a Metadata Train Wreck, which is more extensive. You can find it here:

Anybody out there use LaTeX? ShareLaTeX is now open source. “ShareLaTeX is a web-based real-time collaborative LaTeX editor, and you can now run your own local version where you can host, edit, share and compile your LaTeX documents. We’re still 100% focused on running the hosted version at, but we want to be more flexible in how you can use ShareLaTeX, and give something back to our wonderful community.”

Now available: the digitized scrapbooks of Harry Houdini. “The collection contains ten scrapbooks filled with advertisements, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, how-to articles, and almost everything else regarding magic from roughly the 1830s through the 1920s. Houdini owned all the books at the time of his death, but he did not compile all of the clippings.”

Getty has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus as Linked Open Data. “The Art & Architecture Thesaurus is a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architectural history, styles, and techniques. It’s one of the Getty Research Institute’s four Getty Vocabularies, a collection of databases that serves as the premier resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information, reflecting over 30 years of collaborative scholarship. The other three Getty Vocabularies will be released as Linked Open Data over the coming 18 months.”

MyHeritage and BillionGraves are teaming up to crowdsource cemetery data (press release). “BillionGraves is a free iOS and Android application that lets users easily photograph and document gravestones, providing an important source of information for people intrigued about their ancestors and family history. Using patent-pending technology, BillionGraves is the only mobile application of its kind. With the help of MyHeritage, the app will be available in 25 languages, and will support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. It records the GPS locations of gravestones to make them easy to find and volunteers can easily see which areas of any cemetery remain undocumented, to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication. The gravestone photographs are then transcribed by volunteers on the BillionGraves website, resulting in searchable digital data.” The records will be available on both MyHeritage and BillionGraves.

Poor grammar? Typos? It could hurt you in Bing’s listings.

Great article from the Smithsonian Libraries blog on making animated GIFs out of old illustrations. Bonus points for the first flying squirrel one making me laugh. Good morning, Internet…

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