Haggard, Indianapolis, Greek Manuscripts, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, March 31st, 2015


Now available from Bangladesh: a digital archive of agricultural theses. “Till now, nearly 6,000 theses and journals of different agricultural universities of Bangladesh have been included in the archive.” I went for a quick browse and everything I saw was in English.

The University of North Dakota Writers Conference is Working on digitizing its decades of archives. “One short montage of ‘greatest hits’ clips includes Allen Ginsberg playing drums, Tom Wolfe talking about the Hell’s Angels singing a variation of the Oscar Meyer wiener song and Truman Capote talking about New Journalism.” There is already some material available online, though there’s lots more to do.

Possibly not new, but new to me: I had no idea there was a digital archive for the illustrations of H. Rider Haggard novels. “The majority of Haggard’s approximately fifty novels were lushly illustrated, many of them repeatedly in different editions and by different illustrators. Illustration was always an essential part of reading Haggard’s romances during the nineteenth-century. Visual Haggard seeks to revalue and reintegrate the illustrations of Haggard’s novels as unique artworks and texts for contemporary audiences.”

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has released a new online collection (PRESS RELEASE). “The new online collection offers a visually rich platform with over 33,000 high-quality images available for viewing and high-res zooming capabilities to provide detailed views of assorted works. A hallmark of the new website is the 21,000 images now available for high-res download, providing open access to imagery for any personal, scholarly or commercial use. Multiple views of many three-dimensional works are also available to provide a unique online viewing experience for the site user.”

Twitter has launched a livestreaming app called Periscope to compete with another livestreaming app called Meerkat.


The final 75 manuscripts from the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project have gone online.

The final beta of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) has been released.


Twitch streamed a music festival this past weekend, so it seems only fair to read rumors that YouTube is going to start a live game streaming service.

Digg is looking for beta testers. I love Digg Reader.

The British Library needs your help georeferencing its map collection. “Using the BL Georeferencer online application, you will be presented with a historic map from a 19th century book; by finding the location on a modern map or imagery alongside, the old map is ‘georeferenced’, and can be overlaid and interacted with in your browser…”

Yahoo issued a new transparency report last week. “This latest transparency report contains information covering the last six months of 2014 (July 1 – December 31, 2014). This includes National Security Letters (NSLs) and criminal data requests (such as search warrants, court orders, and subpoenas issued in criminal investigations). FISA requests included are from January 1 – June 30, 2014, as they are subject to a six-month delay imposed by the U.S. Government.”

Google has been granted a patent for its “smart” contact lens. “As TIME has previously reported, Google has been testing various prototypes of smart contact lens and is currently in talks with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a lens that measures glucose levels in users’ tears. The company says the chip and sensor are embedded between two layers of contact lens material and a tiny pinhole lets tear fluid from the eye reach the glucose sensor, and the sensor can measure levels every second.” Good morning, Internet…

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