Open Data Standards, NC Forestry, Ireland Photography, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, December 4, 2017


StateScoop: New open data directory collects standards from around the world. “A partnership between two civic data groups has led to the launch of a free directory of open data standards with the goal of making it easier for governments to find specifications that suit their open data needs. The Open Data Standards Directory has about 60 entries of open data standards governments could use to publish data on transit, infrastructure, crime, elections and other information that might interest the public.”

DigitalNC: Images and Vertical Files from our Newest Partner, the Forest History Society. “Photographs and vertical files from our newest partner, The Forest History Society, are now online at DigitalNC. The Forest History Society is a nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina, that is dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials concerning forest history and conservation. The Forest History Society represents information about forestry around the world, but the materials now up on DigitalNC are specific to North Carolina.”

The Cork: CORK IN THE 1960s: Photographic archive of Former Lord Mayor Anthony Barry to be published online. “The Cork City and County Archives is delighted to announce that it has received the donation of the photographic archive of Anthony Barry (1901-1983), with the kind assistance of the Barry family. The collection includes over 5,000 original photographic images of 1960s and 1970s Cork city and county captured by the former Lord Mayor. Anthony Barry is remembered as the owner of a small grocery business in Bridge Street and Princes Street, Cork, that would later specialise in teas. Under Barry’s son Peter, the business would grow into the major household name we know today as Barry’s Tea.” This archive has just gotten started, but several hundred images are already available.


PC World: Google’s new data-tracking app could save money on your mobile bill. “Google’s newest Android app might be its most useful of all. It’s called Datally, and it has one function: to stop apps from gobbling up your precious gigabytes of data.”

MacWorld: If your iPhone started crashing at midnight on Dec. 2, iOS 11.2 will fix it. “It’s like Y2K all over again for iPhone users. When the clock struck midnight on December 2, 2017, many iPhones that were running iOS 11.1.2 began inexplicably rebooting and crashing. But if you’re one of the affected users, there’s already a fix.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Optimize a YouTube Channel and Videos for Better Visibility. “Want more views for your YouTube content Wondering how to show up in YouTube’s search and suggested videos? An optimized YouTube channel delivers a rewarding viewing experience and works with the YouTube algorithm to boost your visibility. In this article, you’ll learn how to set up and optimize your YouTube channel and videos for more exposure.”

Digital Trends: This app boosts event hashtags by collecting all snapshots in one place. “Custom hashtags for weddings and other events simplify the task of finding photos, but those shots are still often scattered across multiple networks. Share Your Photos, by developer Picture Keepers, is an app that does just what the name suggests. With Share Your Photos, however, photos are gathered all into one place for sharing, downloading, and making prints.”


Wired: It’s Gonna Get A Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls. “BEFORE WORLD WAR II most scientific journals were published by small professional societies. But capitalism’s gonna capitalism. By the early 1970s the top five scientific publishers—Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis—published about 20 percent of all journal articles. In 1996, when the transition to digital was underway and the PDF became the format of choice for journals, that number went up to 30 percent. Ten years later it was 50 percent.”

WVLT: Social media hurts Tennessee coaching search, experts say. “Experts called it an unprecedented coaching search. Many candidates didn’t want to get involved with drama, which spiraled out of control with help from social media.” The story doesn’t tell you much, but the video version of the story is interesting.


Quartz: This AI bot trolls email scammers. “A nonprofit organization in New Zealand created an AI bot called Re:scam, which trolls email scammers by asking them endless questions. Here’s how it works.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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