Digital Archiving, Esquire, Oncology, More: Tuesday Buzz, September 15th, 2015


The Digital Production Partnership has published a new guide to digital archiving. “The guide has been the product of input from a huge range of subject matter experts, drawn from across the DPP membership – from production, vendors, broadcasters and archiving bodies. The lead authors were Steve Daly and Heather Powell, who between them have many years of experience of working with media archives…. The new publication covers all aspects of the archiving process, from deciding what to keep, to different kinds of storage, to issues of retrieval, preservation and security.” It’s a 40-page PDF and it’s free.

The magazine Esquire has launched a digital archive. “To help kick off its landmark October 2015 issue, Esquire has launched a digital archive, Esquire Classic, that will house all previous 999 issues of the magazine. The subscription product costs $4.99 per month (with a free month to start), or $45 per year for non subscribers and $30 for current Esquire subscribers. Esquire Classic presents the old issues, page-by-page, as they were when they first ran—including classic advertisements.”

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced a series of open workshops. “These new online conversations will highlight subjects central to our community, such as education, metadata, and copyright, and will also include time for general DPLA updates and questions. We will be sure to rotate the topics so that areas formerly covered by our former content, tech, legal, and outreach calls are included, but the new format, piloted last spring, will allow us to get into much greater depth than we have been able to do on the more diffuse open calls.”

In development: a huge database to aggregate all experimental models across cancer research. “UC San Francisco has received a National Cancer Institute grant of $5 million over the next five years to lead a massive effort to integrate the data from all experimental models across all types of cancer. The web-based repository is an important step in moving the fight against cancer toward precision medicine. The goal is to accelerate cancer research to improve the way we diagnose, treat and conduct further research on the disease. The resulting database, called the Oncology Models Forum (OMF), will be accessible to researchers through the National Institutes of Health, to encourage scientists to use existing validated cancer models, rather than creating new ones.”

In development: a digital archive of Aviation Week & Space Technology editions. “The digital, searchable archive, scheduled for completion in early 2016, will comprise more than 500,000 pages of articles, photographs and advertisements chronicling the first century of the aerospace and defense industry — unlocked and made available for the very first time. The archive will be dynamically updated as new Aviation Week content is developed.”

In development: a digital archive of Great Depression-era culinary and food materials. “The What America Ate project will digitize and preserve an array of materials related to food in the Great Depression, starting with the original America Eats papers that until now have been scattered around the country. The America Eats project was a Depression-era jobs creation program within the Works Progress Administration, which sent about 200 writers and photographers across the country to chronicle American eating by region. Writers collected amazing stories: interviewing cooks and eaters, transcribing recipes, collecting songs and jokes and poems, and describing all manner of food customs.” The project will also digitize community cookbooks from the 1930s and food advertising and packaging from the same period.


Very cool: a Chrome extension lets you sort of simulate language immersion. “Users select one of 64 languages supported by Google Translate that they’d like to learn, as well as the level of immersion they need, from ‘novice’ to ‘fluent.’ The extension then translates random words on whatever you’re reading online into the foreign language. ”

From TheNextWeb: 9 Sites to Watch Curated Videos. I knew about Digg and Reddit but not the other ones.


Whoa. Google’s self-driving car project just got a lot more real. (And it was pretty real to start with.) “Google Inc. is ready to turn its self-driving car technology into a business and has hired an auto-industry veteran to run it. Google said John Krafcik, president of online car-shopping service TrueCar Inc., is joining as CEO of its car project in late September.”

Google and India Railways are teaming up to offer WiFi hotspots. “Google is working with state-run RailTel Corporation of India, which has a pan-India fiber-optic network running along railroad tracks that reach as much as 70 percent of India’s population as the network crisscrosses the nation’s cities, towns and villages, [Telecom Talk] reported. ”

Ugh: Nest has had yet another outage, though everything is supposed to be all good now.


Russia says Google has violated its antitrust laws. “Russian authorities initiated a probe of Google after domestic competitor Yandex filed a complaint in February, The Wall Street Journal reports. At issue is whether Google’s practice of bundling its own apps on Android phones constitutes anticompetitive behavior.” Good morning, Internet…

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