Biodiversity, Thomas Hardy, Instagram, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 13th, 2015


ProQuest is going to create a digital archive of Harper’s Bazaar.

A new tool lets you create photo timelines that vanish in a day. “To capture and share a photo, you swipe up on the camera viewfinder – in fact, Rewind has filed a patent on this particular, unique interaction. You can only post photos you take within the app, too, so you won’t be tempted to edit photos from your Camera Roll prior to sharing.” I love the idea of using this for a business for unique events or happenings, like Record Store Day.

Want to know more about the natural world around you? Check out this new app, Map of Life. “Instead of sifting through hundreds of pages in a printed field guide, naturalists get a digital guide that is already tailored to their location. With a novel modeling and mapping platform covering tens of thousands of species — everything from mammals and birds to plants, amphibians, reptiles, arthropod groups, and fish — Map of Life presents localized species information via maps, photographs, and detailed information. The National Science Foundation and NASA provided initial support for the Map of Life. Google and Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung also have supported the project.”

A new online exhibit looks at fashion in the writings of Thomas Hardy. “The ‘Thomas Hardy and Clothing’ project will highlight the importance of fashion in Hardy’s writing by providing references to clothing in his fiction, poetry, letters and biographies. It will also provide a greater understanding of the historical, social and political context in which Hardy wrote and lived.”


IFTTT has a new channel for the iOS Reading List.

Google has launched its first Apple Watch app.


Yahoo is suing an ex-staffer, claiming she shared secrets with a writer.
“Yahoo claims that Cecile Lal, a former senior director of product management, broke a confidentiality agreement when she leaked proprietary information to the journalist that she learned during ‘FYI’ meetings with Mayer, according to a complaint filed in state court in San Jose, California.”

Instagram and Getty are teaming up for a photography grant program. “The first Getty Images Instagram Grant is designed to support photographers using Instagram to showcase ‘underrepresented communities’ worldwide. Images can be captured on any type of camera, and are not restricted to mobile devices.”

From The Harvard Gazette: saving the digital record. “Now, collections might come in with digital material that is already on the brink of decline. Digital degradation doesn’t follow a steady curve like books. Items can be fine for decades, and then quickly decline from perfectly accessible to completely useless. For some formats, experts don’t know what that plateau and drop-off might be, and it can even vary among individual items kept in the same condition. The situation poses problems for preservation, access, and collection development.”

A Google employee has an article on Medium about Google’s self-driving car program and how goony some people drive. “If you spend enough time on the road, accidents will happen whether you’re in a car or a self-driving car. Over the 6 years since we started the project, we’ve been involved in 11 minor accidents (light damage, no injuries) during those 1.7 million miles of autonomous and manual driving with our safety drivers behind the wheel, and not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. ///Yahoo is using an ex-staffer, claiming she shared secrets with a writer.//

    I believe you meant suing.

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