Miami Beach, Michigan, Fashion, More: Friday Morning Buzz, June 13th, 2015


Now available: a historical archive of Miami Beach. “The archive project was proposed by FIU as part of the city’s centennial celebration this year. To date, the team has scanned more than 15,000 high resolution images, each catalogued with a description, location and time period. [Ken] Lipartito said he expects the archive to reach more than 20,000 images.”

The state of Michigan has a new online mapping tool. “Plotting the locations of numerous geological features, demographic information, transportation options and other data sets became more accessible with today’s launch of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s (DTMB) GIS Open Data website.”

Someone has Turned the fashion guides of wikiHow into a digital archive. I had to look up “pastel goth”.

Now available: an interactive map of where the Salem Witch Trials were held.

The Nikkei Newspaper Digital Archive has been launched. “Hosted by UW Libraries and Digital Collections, the NNDA is a collection of scanned, historical issues of The North American Post and it’s pre-war predecessor, the North American Times. Unlike many newspaper archives, it is completely free and open to the public. Currently, more than 600 issues have been digitized and are available for browsing by date and the ongoing project will add hundreds more, as well as Japanese to English translations of headlines as resources allow.”


A Rwanda genocide archive has expanded. “The online archive features more than 8,000 testimonies, videos, audio, photographs, documents as well as interactive maps that provide detailed information about the location and history of memorial sites as well as peace building activities across the country. The digital platform is accessible from anywhere in the world and enables users to view thousands of individual pieces of archival material about the 1994 genocide as well as post-genocide reconstruction efforts in Rwanda.”

The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive has added a new round of recordings to the California Light and Sound Collection in the Internet Archive. All the ones I looked at were guest lectures and presentations, and include appearances by Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gwendolyn Cooper Lightner.

Google Slides now supports Chromecast and AirPlay. That could be useful.


Yelp is adding a “consumer alert” label. Now if they only let businesses owners request reviews be removed when they’re completely false.

As you may have heard, Dick Costolo is stepping down as CEO of Twitter. I was expecting this, but not quite so quickly. “Following the announcement, shares in the company jumped by more than 7% in trading after US markets had closed.” Ouch. I have lots of feelings – lots and lots and lots of feelings – about what Twitter can do to become strong, rich, and vital (and it’s not more bloody advertising) but I didn’t think it was worth a rant. Then I read that Snoop Dogg wants to be Twitter’s new CEO. So maybe everybody’s putting in their two cents.

So what’s happening with Facebook’s Instant Articles? apparently not much. Good morning, Internet…

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