Slideshow: Glass

Glass objects from Harvard’s General Artemus Ward House Museum. Made with Spectacle.

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Harvard Library Lifts Restrictions on Digital Reproductions of Works in the Public Domain

This is a big deal.

The Library will share, without restriction, all of its online resources that are not otherwise encumbered by license or copyright! (paraphrase)

This simple declaration will inform the development of Harvard Library’s digital library infrastructure: Systems must be made to accommodate unmediated sharing of public domain content; and the metadata for our digital resources will have to support the identification of what we may share. Hallelujah!

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Watch them do what we do…

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What language is this?

Would this tool ever be helpful to our catalogers? Xerox’s “Language Identifier” will tell you what language a document is written in; just paste some text into the webform and hit the button. The service currently identifies the following languages:

  • Afrikaans (Afrikaans)
  • Arabic (العربية)
  • Azerbaijani (Azərbaycanca)
  • Belarusian (Беларуская)
  • Bulgarian (български език)
  • Breton (Brezhoneg)
  • Bosnian (Bosanski)
  • Catalan (Català)
  • Cebuano (Sinugboanong Binisaya)
  • Czech (Česky)
  • Welsh (Cymraeg)
  • Danish (Dansk)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Greek (Ελληνικά)
  • English (English)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Spanish; Castilian (Español)
  • Estonian (Eesti)
  • Basque (Euskara)
  • Persian (فارسی)
  • Finnish (Suomi)
  • French (Français)
  • Irish (Gaeilge)
  • Galician (Galego)
  • Hebrew (עברית)
  • Hindi (हिन्दी)
  • Croatian (Hrvatski)
  • Haitian (Krèyol ayisyen)
  • Hungarian (Magyar)
  • Armenian (Հայերեն)
  • Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Icelandic (Íslenska)
  • Italian (Italiano)
  • Japanese (日本語)
  • Javanese (Basa Jawa)
  • Georgian (ქართული)
  • Kazakh (Қазақша)
  • Korean (한국어)
  • Latin (Latine)
  • Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch)
  • Lithuanian (Lietuvių)
  • Latvian (Latviešu valoda)
  • Malagasy (Malagasy)
  • Minangkabau (Minangkabau)
  • Macedonian (Македонски)
  • Malayalam (മലയാളം)
  • Marathi (मराठी)
  • Malay (Bahasa Melayu)
  • Maltese (Malti)
  • Burmese ()
  • Nepal Bhasa; Newari (नेपाल भाषा)
  • Dutch (Nederlands)
  • Norwegian Nynorsk (Nynorsk)
  • Norwegian (Norsk (Bokmål))
  • Occitan (Occitan)
  • Polish (Polski)
  • Portuguese (Português)
  • Quechua (Runa Simi)
  • Romanian (Română)
  • Russian (русский язык)
  • Slovak (Slovenčina)
  • Slovenian (Slovenščina)
  • Albanian (Shqip)
  • Serbian (Српски)
  • Swedish (Svenska)
  • Swahili (Kiswahili)
  • Tamil (தமிழ்)
  • Telugu (తెలుగు)
  • Tajik (Тоҷикӣ)
  • Thai (ไทย)
  • Tagalog (Tagalog)
  • Turkish (Türkçe)
  • Tatar (Татарча)
  • Ukrainian (українська мова)
  • Urdu (اردو)
  • Uzbek (O‘zbek)
  • Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)
  • Waray (Winaray)
  • Yoruba (Yorùbá)
  • Chinese (中文)
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Nixie: A Tiny Flying Camera Drone You Wear On Your Wrist

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It’s a game, yes, but it’s work related!

Find the square that’s different.

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New 46MP Canon DSLR? (rumor)


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3D imaging and computer magic used to de-warp badly cockled parchment pages


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I think I’m interested in PHOTOGRAMMETRY!

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Amazon’s Patent

Earlier this year, Amazon patented a shooting set-up.

The key to the patent being accepted seems to be that the set-up is said to produce perfect product photos that include a slight drop-shadow and need no post-processing. Not a simple task.

Some say Amazon patented the set-up preemptively, to avoid future challenges to its workflow. Many think it is unenforceable, as any slight change evades infringement. Others think it a waste of patent office time and money.

As photographers and artists, should we care about it? Can we learn from it?

- Tom

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