Late Monday Buzz (It’s Still May 19 Somewhere), May 19, 2014

The Library of Congress has added a new blog – NLS Music Notes.

For all you preservation nerds out there: Part One of a two-part article on comparing formats for still image digitizing. “In this first blog of two, I’ll sketch a bit of background and offer some notes about the tried-and-true TIFF-file-with-uncompressed-picture-data. The second blog will offer some thoughts about JPEG 2000–one motivation for the format comparison was to size up JPEG 2000–and also PNG. We are not aware of any preservation-oriented libraries or archives that employ PNG as their master target format. The absence of experience narratives for this particular application left us with only a moderate level of confidence in this part of our comparisons.” (Part 2 is already up.)

Hongkiat has a writeup on QSearch, which lets you search Facebook timelines.

Larry Ferlazzo has a list of sites for learning about the 2014 World Cup, which starts next month in Brazil.

Google is trying to extend the Glass market as prescription eyewear. “Google is scoping out a market segment that could boost sales while creating a more mainstream image: prescription eyeglass wearers. Google recently teamed up with three eye-care providers — including two in Southern California — to sell its Glass wearable device directly to the public.”

Did you know about the Colonial Film database? “This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by our academic research team.”

Under development: the world’s first global jellyfish database.

Also under development: an archive of learning disability history. “The project will explore issues involved in developing an accessible digital archive in collaboration with people with learning disabilities, alongside stakeholders in the fields of technology and design; new media; health and social care; heritage, archives and museums; and education.”

A digital archive of The Shekel is now available. “Over 40 Years of ‘The Shekel’, the Journal of Israel & Judaic History & Numismatics, are now available on the website of the American Israel Numismatic Association. All issues are digitized in high resolution as a pdf file so that they can be viewed as originally published.”

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