Robofiction

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:20 pm
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This marks the very last week of my library’s Summer Reading Program, and I’ve been so busy working on all of the details—making lists of kids who’ve earned various merit badges, making lists of books to buy to celebrate said merit badges, printing out and personalizing a billion bookplates, etc—that reading has been ENTIRELY off the table.
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Posted by usnationalarchives

Today’s post comes from Kerri Young of Historypin, app developer on the US National Archives’ recently completed Remembering WWI tablet app.  You can learn more about the app’s initial launch on the blog of the American Association of State and Local History.

The National Archives has collaborated with the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the National WWI Museum and Memorial to build the collection of primary source content available in the Remembering WWI app. Now, we also invite your local institution to contribute.

Why?

Remembering WWI is a national collaborative effort, aimed at helping teachers and local institutions easily explore a rich collection of WWI film and photo primary sources from the US National Archives (NARA) and aforementioned national partners. Collection-creation is at the heart of the app experience, where in addition to exploring teachers and institutions can reuse this content to create their own WWI narratives. By contributing your own content, you can help contextualize the experience of WWI at the local level and grow this national collection of WWI primary sources. Institutions who contribute their own materials will also be able to reuse NARA and other institutional content to enhance the narratives within their own in-app collections, for use locally in their own centenary programming or museum tours for example.

What kinds of materials can I contribute?

We currently have WWI-related photographs, films, and objects (photos of uniforms, equipment, etc) in the app. Other scanned materials, such as letters and other documents in your collection, are also welcome.

Where do I upload?

If you are interested in adding content to the app, you will need to upload through Historypin. You cannot upload through the app itself. Any material appearing in the Historypin Remembering WWI collection will appear in the app.

Remembering WWI collection on Historypin

The Remembering WWI collection on Historypin. Any collection you create here will automatically appear in the app.

What are the steps?

1. Are you uploading large amounts of content? If yes, you’ll want to use Historypin’s bulk uploader where you can easily gather your photo or film data on a CSV. Contact Kerri at kerri.young@historypin.org for more information. If no, start at Step 2.

2. Create a free Historypin account. Go to Historypin.org to sign up and create a profile on behalf of your institution.

Historypin offers several free ways to sign up for an account.

 

Before adding content, click this button within the Remembering WWI collection on Historypin to  create a blank themed collection.

3. All content must go into a themed collection. We’re surfacing all featured content in the app as curated collections to make content easily discoverable. Before doing any uploading, first create a collection by going to the Historypin Remembering WWI collection and clicking “Add a Collection.” Once you’ve added details, click “Add a pin” from within the collection to start uploading. Note that those who choose the bulk uploader will go through a different process.

4. View your content in the app or on Historypin. As you add pins to your collection, they will automatically appear in the app. To view your collection in the app, download it here. Alternatively, your collection on Historypin is there for sharing as well!

Your institution’s collection will appear here in the app’s main collection list.

 

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Best Of The Breast

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:36 am
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Here in America, we have a fairly twisted view of breasts. Cleavage and so-called side boobs can be used to sell any number of products—cars, beer, cologne, chemical drain openers (that guy at the end is holding large melons for a reason, you know)—but show breasts being used for breastfeeding, a natural and real purpose, and all hell breaks loose. I think that, day by day, Americans are getting better about this, but every now and then we still read stories about people working themselves into a tizzy over a woman unbuttoning her shirt to publicly feed her child or over the depiction of the act.
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Posted by Bill McCoy

openweb quote illustration The program for the inaugural W3C Publishing Summit (taking place November 9-10, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area) has just been announced. The program will feature keynotes from Internet pioneer and futurist Tim O’Reilly and Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis. along with dozens of other speakers and panelists who will showcase and discuss how web technologies are shaping publishing today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Publishing and the web interact in innumerable ways. From schools to libraries, from design to production to archiving, from metadata to analytics, from New York to Paris to Buenos Aires to Tokyo, the Summit will show how web technologies are making publishing more accessible, more global, and more efficient and effective. Mozilla user experience lead and author Jen Simmons will showcase the ongoing revolution in CSS. Design experts Laura Brady, Iris Febre and Nellie McKesson will cover putting the reader first when producing ebooks and automating publishing workflows. We’ll also hear from reading system creator Micah Bowers (Bluefire) and EPUB pioneers George Kerscher (DAISY) and Garth Conboy (Google).

The newly-unveiled program will also showcase insights from senior leaders from across the spectrum of publishing and digital content stakeholders including Jeff Jaffe (CEO, W3C), Yasushi Fujita (CEO, Media DO), Rick Johnson (SVP Product and Strategy, Ingram/VitalSource), Ken Brooks (COO, Macmillan Learning), Liisa McCloy-Kelley (VP, Penguin Random House), and representatives from Rakuten Kobo, NYPL, University of Michigan Library/Publishing, Wiley, Hachette Book Group, Editis, EDRLab, and more.

I’m very excited about this new event which represents an important next milestone in the expanded Publishing@W3C initiative and I hope you will join us. Register now. For more information on the event, see the W3C Publishing Summit 2017 homepage and Media Advisory.

Sponsors of the W3C Publishing Summit include Ingram/VitalSource, SPi Global, and Apex. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, email me at bmccoy@w3.org for more information. The Publishing Summit is one of several co-located events taking place during W3C’s major annual gathering, TPAC, for which registration is open for W3C members.

Finding The Story With Chris Barton

Aug. 17th, 2017 03:52 pm
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The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art and creativity, morale during times of war, and improbable, “seemingly bonkers” ideas. The idea of camouflaging British (and, eventually, American) ships in such a way that confused German submarine officers trying to track them came from the mind of Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson. The British government dubbed this “dazzling,” and Barton writes about it with style and precision, accompanied by the expressive, full-bleed illustrations of Victo Ngai.

Music and Identity

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Every so often, I pick up two books in a row that parallel and complement one another so very well that it’s both delightful and startling. This past weekend, it was two books that, on the surface, don’t have a ton in common: one is a middle grade novel about a zine-writing twelve-year-old who’s struggling with being the New Kid in School; the other is a young adult verse novel about the seventeen-year-old son of a troubled rock star who is frustrated with how his father’s life and reputation is affecting his own life and reputation.

In The Ring With Paulina

Aug. 11th, 2017 04:55 am
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We adults have the habit---good or bad, depending on the child---of making many aspects of the lives of children diminutive. That includes their names; we tend to shorten their names or assign children new nicknames altogether. This can be frustrating for some children, if it’s a nickname they never asked for. Such is the case with young Paulina in the spirited French picture book import coming to shelves next month, Rémi Courgeon’s Feather, originally published in 2012 and translated into English for this edition by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
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