New-to-me: a project aims to document and log all the Jewish graves in Poland as many of them are falling into disrepair. The story does not mention the URL of the database, but I think it’s http://cemetery.jewish.org.pl/ . This link is in English. Please let me know if I’m wrong.
The Digital Library of Georgia has a new partner. “The Pine Mountain Regional Library Collection includes photographs from scrapbooks submitted to Georgia Power’s Champion Home Town contest in 1952 and 1953. The photos document the town’s progress in the areas of education, industry, recreation, youth, clubs and societies, and include brief written progress reports. The reports and photographs present a snapshot of a small town through the eyes of its community. The collection also includes 1955 and 1957 issues of The Callaway Beacon, a weekly magazine published for the employees and families of the Callaway Mills Company in LaGrange, Georgia.”
Yahoo has launched a new site devoted to American football. “We’re a month away until the Buffalo Bills take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London for the first ever, free, global live stream across all devices. To get NFL fans around the world revved up for October 25, we’re launching a destination dedicated to everyone who loves football. Fans can check-in daily to see the latest behind the scenes content, team stats, and videos produced by both the NFL and Yahoo Studios.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Facebook has added support for 360-degree video. “The videos, first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, are filmed with a special camera setup that captures q full 360-degree view of the scene. Much like the 360-degree videos on YouTube, you can change your view of the video by dragging you finger (or cursor, if you’re on a browser) around the screen or holding your phone at a different angle.”
If you want to back up your social media content, Pearltrees sounds like a great option. “Today the company is announcing a major new feature with the launch of its Smartcloud service. The idea here is to allow Pearltrees to automatically import and organize your tweets and Facebook posts (as well as files stored in Dropbox and Google Drive). Having a backup service for your social media posts isn’t all that exciting and novel, but Smartcloud takes this data and then automatically organizes it by topic.”
Going on an international trip? Crowdsourced translation could be useful. “That’s the vision behind Linqapp, a language exchange app launched in 2013 that crowdsources translations by real people, kind of like Flitto and Hellotalk. Founded by German Sebastian Ang (pictured left in the team photo) and Guatemalan David Vega, the Taipei-based startup is fostering a language enthusiast community of some 80,000 active users who participate in translation forums, group chats, language exchanges, and personal translation requests.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The University of Florida has received two digitization grants. “The first project, the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project, is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, which funds UF to digitalize 210,000 pages of newspapers from Florida and Puerto Rico, according to UF Smathers grants manager Bess de Farber. The newspaper project will digitalize papers published between 1836 and 1922 and turn them into a searchable online database, de Farber said.”
Business Insider has a chart looking at Twitter board members who don’t tweet. But the story’s headline reads “Brutal chart calls out Twitter board members who don’t actually use Twitter”. But do you have to tweet to actually use Twitter? Can’t it just be an information source? Maybe this perspective is part of the problem….
Now on Periscope The White House.
More Periscope: Taylor Swift’s enforcement team is taking on Periscope (and I’m not sure I’ve ever written a more 2015 sentence.) “As far as we know, Swift is the only artist with a dedicated takedown team. The first letters of TAS Rights Management stand for T(aylor)A(lison)S(wift) and aside from targeting Periscope the group is also enforcing other online infringements.” Taylor Swift is cracking down on Periscope’d streams of her concerts. Good evening, Internet…
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