Asian Art, Texas State University, Martin Waldseemüller, More: Monday Evening Buzz, October 10, 2016


The Princeton University Art Museum will be cataloging items from its Asian art collection online. “During the two-year grant period, from Nov. 1, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2018, the Museum will make available on its website high-quality images and information for all of its Asian art objects – nearly 13,000 in total – and extended content, including exhibition histories, bibliography, interpretive content, curatorial descriptions, geo-referencing and subject tags, for over 1,500 prioritized works of art. Images and core data from the Museum’s Asian art collections will also be made available digitally via other platforms, including the ARTstor Digital Library.”

Texas State University is starting a very large digitizing project. “The San Marcos Daily Record donated its archive of photographic negatives to the University Archives in January 2016. The collection includes an estimated 800,000 images and spans approximately 70 years, from the mid-1930s to the 2000s. When combined with the negatives already housed in the University Archives, the number of negatives is estimated at 1.5 million. The ultimate goal is to digitize all negatives and make the vast majority of them accessible online. The project will be completed in stages over several years because of the massive size of the collection.”

The Library of Congress has launched a new site about Martin Waldseemüller. “The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress and the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy, today unveiled a multi-media interactive website that celebrates the life and times of 16th-century cartographer Martin Waldseemüller, who created the 1507 World Map, which is the first document to use the name ‘America,’ represent the Pacific Ocean and depict a separate and full Western Hemisphere.”


Google now lets you convert between RGB and hex color values. “Now when you search for a hex value, Google will return the RGB value. Likewise, when you search for an RGB value, Google shows you how that color is represented in hex.” I tried this and it works, but you have to put a pound sign in front of the hex value. ffffff does not work; #ffffff works fine.

The British Library has updated its Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. “The Bedford Hours (Add MS 18850), one of the most magnificent illuminated manuscripts in the British Library, has already been fully digitised. It has also now been added to the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, with a selection of its most magnificent illuminations.”


Search Engine Land: Exploring a newly-granted Google patent around social signals. “Google was recently granted patent US 2016/0246789 A1 titled, ‘Searching Content Of Prominent Users In Social Networks.’ If it sounds incredibly interesting, that’s because it is…. To keep things clear, I’m going to go through some of the key points and sections of the patent. I’ll begin with what they’ve written and immediately follow that with my interpretation of what it means in real English, then discuss any implications for SEOs.”


A former Yahoo employee is suing the company for discrimination on the basis of his gender. “[Scott] Ard, who worked for Yahoo for 3 ½ years until January 2015, is now editor-in-chief of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. His lawsuit also claims that Yahoo illegally fired large numbers of workers ousted under a performance-rating system imposed by Mayer. That allegation was not tied to gender.” Don’t read the comments. Good evening, Internet…

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