An Open Data Day Out – Simon Whitehouse
An Open Data Day Out, or Are We Terrible At Promoting #opendata? https://t.co/gpdXgfS2rk

— Simon Whitehouse (@siwhitehouse) October 16, 2017
IFTTT  Twitter  via:claireb 
21 hours ago
Virtual Roundtable on “Compression” | Public Books
Writing has been invented independently as few as three times in the history of the world: in ancient Sumer, in ancient China, and in medieval Mesoamerica. Sumerian cuneiform was likely the inspiration for Egyptian hieroglyphs. Those, in turn, inspired the early Semitic script from which all European and several Asian scripts ultimately derive.... Of the six or seven thousand world languages, fewer than a third are written. Of that third, nearly a quarter are typically written in the Latin alphabet, one of only 50 global writing systems. The alphabet today, in its most common guise—namely, this one—is thus regularly used to transcribe some five hundred languages...

Can we attribute this easy mobility to the alphabet’s efficiency in compressing sounds into symbols? Rather than the 2000–3000 characters one must know to read a Chinese newspaper fluently or the 500–1000 signs used in Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, only 20–30 alphabetic characters are needed to record an increasing number of languages. Yet our alphabets’ history reveals just how slippery and complex “compression” is in relation to the messages that it allegedly compresses. ...

Consider the case of vowels. Just as they are absent from most Hebrew written today, marks of vowels were not usually necessary for transcribing ancient Semitic languages. Nor were they absolutely necessary for transcribing ancient Greek; Linear B encoded vowels along with consonants in its syllabary. When Greek speakers adapted characters from the West Semitic script to systematically represent vowels, they in fact expanded the inventory of types of sounds encoded in their writing.
writing  media_history  compression  transcription  via:shannon_mattern 
21 hours ago
Acquiring Design - Stephanie Koltun
How can the digital interface of a collection foster user discovery?

The infinite canvas of the web can comprehensively showcase entire archives. In an attempt to move beyond users simply searching through a collection, Acquiring Design presents objects in context with one another and reveals underlying relationships across time. Two modes - Object View and Aggregate View - enable different interpretations of the collection. However, "the other" and "the related" is continually present. The key is the juxtaposition - this versus that - which allows users to identify relationships.
archives  digitization  interfaces  via:shannon_mattern 
21 hours ago
NEW THEORY CRACKS OPEN THE BLACK BOX OF DEEP NEURAL NETWORKS
Tishby and Shwartz-Ziv also made the intriguing discovery that deep learning proceeds in two phases: a short “fitting” phase, during which the network learns to label its training data, and a much longer “compression” phase, during which it becomes good at generalization, as measured by its performance at labeling new test data.

As a deep neural network tweaks its connections by stochastic gradient descent, at first the number of bits it stores about the input data stays roughly constant or increases slightly, as connections adjust to encode patterns in the input and the network gets good at fitting labels to it. Some experts have compared this phase to memorization.

Then learning switches to the compression phase. The network starts to shed information about the input data, keeping track of only the strongest features—those correlations that are most relevant to the output label. This happens because, in each iteration of stochastic gradient descent, more or less accidental correlations in the training data tell the network to do different things, dialing the strengths of its neural connections up and down in a random walk. This randomization is effectively the same as compressing the system’s representation of the input data.
brains  artificial_intelligence  machine_learning  epistemology  neural_nets  librarycamp  via:shannon_mattern 
8 days ago
Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner - The New York Times
You can find these questions being asked, but they are counterpoints and minor themes. That this should be the case, that only prudish Christians and spoilsport feminists are willing to say that the man was obviously wicked and destructive, is itself a reminder that the rot Hugh Hefner spread goes very, very deep.
HughHefner  profile  obituary  review  critique  pornography  NYTimes  2017  Playboy  via:inspiral 
14 days ago
The Data Tinder Collects, Saves, and Uses - Schneier on Security
It's not Tinder. Surveillance is the business model of the Internet. Everyone does this.
Tinder  surveillance  privacy  data  review  Schneier  2017  via:inspiral 
16 days ago
Twitter
RT @librarieshacked: good to see this from Calderdale https://t.co/9vryfantM5
packrati.us  via:claireb 
5 weeks ago
Twitter
RT @tonyedwardspz: Focus on only 3 things a day, block out your time, finish why you start. Great advice from @JuSummerhayes…
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5 weeks ago
The New York Times
In 2007, the top-selling image for the search term “woman” in Getty Image’s library of stock photography was a naked woman lying on a bed, gazing at the camera with a towel draped over her bottom half.

In 2017, it’s a woman hiking a rocky trail in Banff National Park, alone on the edge of a cliff high above a turquoise lake. She’s wearing a down jacket and wool hat, and her face isn’t visible. ...

Stock photos — generic images that appear in places like ads, billboards, magazines and blogs — reflect the culture at a moment in time....

The change from women lounging naked (or perhaps laughing alone with salad) to women demonstrating physical or professional prowess was driven in part by the Lean In collection, which Getty developed in 2014 with Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit to seed media with more modern, diverse and empowering images of women. The collection, now with 14,000 photos, has the unofficial tagline, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”

The 15 most downloaded images from the Lean In collection so far this year, including those below, are four of fathers playing with children; four of girls and women involved in science and engineering; three of women being athletic; and four of women in business or school settings.
photography  classification  archives  stock_photography  via:shannon_mattern 
5 weeks ago
How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects | MindShift | KQED News
Favorite tweet:

Turning stories into Maker Projects: a key role for libraries? https://t.co/J7EcIqRbMe

— darren smart (@darrentheviking) August 30, 2017
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6 weeks ago
4 Ways Libraries Can Leverage Data and Increase Patronage - Traf-Sys
Favorite tweet:

4 Ways Libraries Can Leverage Data and Increase Patronage https://t.co/UA80XQ6Qqh http://pic.twitter.com/5FYP2OXCRz

— Trafsys Inc. (@trafsys) August 26, 2017
IFTTT  Twitter  via:claireb 
7 weeks ago
Twitter
RT @librarieshacked: updated library #opendata from Calderdale https://t.co/9lFtD9cTje
packrati.us  opendata  via:claireb 
7 weeks ago
ON LIBRARIES: Branding Your Library – Hilda K. Weisburg
Favorite tweet:

Does your library have a brand? A great piece on library branding by @hildakw. https://t.co/1DZ6Jp4uxH

— SCIS (@scisdata) August 25, 2017
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7 weeks ago
Map of 100 UK Think Tanks - addresses, websites & Twitter profiles
RT @EddieACopeland: Where are the UK's think tanks based? Searchable map of 100 UK think tank locations: …
via:Markbraggins 
9 weeks ago
William Trubridge freedives THE ARCH at Blue Hole, Dahab - YouTube
10 years ago, @WillTrubridge did it in #Dahab #Egypt, one breath
William Trubridge freedives THE ARCH at Blue Hole: https://t.co/HHiAs7WLrO
– Ahmed Sarhan (Sarhan_) http://twitter.com/Sarhan_/status/888070166080352256
via:packrati.us  via:rabourn 
11 weeks ago
Library Data Day
If you were to come to a Library Data Day, what would you want it to cover? https://t.co/OwdFTFvLvY @librarieshacked @Audesome

— Claire Back (@calire) July 29, 2017
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11 weeks ago
Library Data Day
RT @Audesome: With @librarieshacked @calire et al. we're organising a library data day. Tell us what you'd want to learn from it! https://t…
packrati.us  via:claireb 
11 weeks ago
10 Little-Known Facebook Marketing Features and Hacks You Can Try Today
There's A TON you can do on Facebook 🤓 10 Facebook hacks for business that you probably didn't know about
IFTTT  Twitter  via:claireb 
12 weeks ago
How can Open Data increase quality of life? - European Data Portal
How can #OpenData increase quality of life? Practical examples of Open Data & leisure
OpenData  via:Markbraggins 
12 weeks ago
Tiny houses: Big future, or big hype? - Curbed
Advocates and cities see challenges and opportunities in tiny homes’ path to the mainstream
housing  tinyhomes  trends  review  USA  Curbed  2017  via:inspiral 
12 weeks ago
Pushing the Margins Symposium – Pushing the Margins
This symposium featured authors from the Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS book to discuss thematic issues that pertain to intersectionality, feminist theory, race and ethnicity, and libraries. Participants broke out into smaller groups to have critical discussions based on the themes presented.
libraries  diversity  intersectionality  via:shannon_mattern 
12 weeks ago
International, Interactive Innovation | Next Library 2017
Engagement was the name of the game at the Next Library conference held in Aarhus, Denmark, June 11–14. Some 350 librarians from 36 countries gathered at the city’s Dokk1 library to learn and continue to build a global network. Via high intensity, participatory programming such as that offered by creativity expert Christian Byrge and in breakout sessions, attendees were very much part of the program.
nextlibrary  libraries  librarians  librarycamp  via:claireb 
july 2017
The Internet has a Cat!
Meet Purrli, the Online Cat Purr Generator.
cats  internet  librarycamp  via:LibrarianJessica 
july 2017
Storytelling with Instagram Stories – Medium
Instagram Stories are a relatively new feature introduced by Instagram in August 2016. Many saw them as playing off of the popularity of Snapchat, as they are essentially the same idea. On Instagram, the Stories feature allows users to post a photo to their “Story,” where it will remain for 24 hours. The photo can either be taken within the app or uploaded from the camera roll (although it has to have been taken in the past 24 hours).
instagram  libraries  librarycamp  socialmedia  via:claireb 
july 2017
What is ‘open data’ and why should we care? | Open Data Institute
10 'light-hearted' reasons why #opendata is important to many aspects of modern life from the ODI
data  opendata  librarycamp  libraries  via:claireb 
july 2017
Twitter
Free eBook highlighting #LocalGov #CustomerService trends - produced in collaboration with @comms2point0… https://t.co/DKwuO2qsgc
– SocialSignIn (SocialSignInApp) http://twitter.com/SocialSignInApp/status/885745201049939970
librarycamp  via:claireb 
july 2017
newcastle
a #librarydata data dashboard project visualising a public library authority's #opendata https://t.co/rTQZtPgwH6

— { libraries:hacked } (@librarieshacked) July 9, 2017
librarycamp  opendata  data  newcastle  librsries  via:claireb 
july 2017
Twitter
RT @PeoplesAudit: Our new report is the most extensive use of citizen audit powers yet in the UK. Read it here:…
via:Markbraggins 
july 2017
John Self on Twitter: "Slightly updated list of favourite books of the year so far. I haven't even finished A Voice Through a Cloud yet, but CLEARLY. https://t.co/PrrbODNTet"
Favorite tweet:

Slightly updated list of favourite books of the year so far. I haven't even finished A Voice Through a Cloud yet, but CLEARLY. http://pic.twitter.com/PrrbODNTet

— John Self (@john_self) July 8, 2017
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july 2017
england dashboard
#CILIPConf17 England Library Data @librarieshacked https://t.co/HeajgDYXSq

— Claire Back (@calire) July 6, 2017
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july 2017
do you really need that social media account? — comms2point0
Favorite tweet:

*Cracker*
Do you really need that social media account?
by @GillianNeildhttps://t.co/Z6jjdz68CM

— @comms2point0 (@comms2point0) July 7, 2017
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july 2017
One Team Government: a short guide to policy for government digital professionals
RT @maltbyps: In preparation for the #OneTeamGov unconference I've written a guide to policy for government digital professionals
OneTeamGov  librarycamp  digital  via:Markbraggins 
june 2017
8 of the Best Websites to Find Free Stock Photos - Make Tech Easier
Favorite tweet:

What is your favorite source for FREE stock photos?
Here are the 8 we recommend! #graphics #images https://t.co/nClNyGlIfB

— MakeTechEasier (@MakeTechEasier) June 25, 2017
photos  via:claireb 
june 2017
Untitled (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/pdfs/WO%202017%20Slides%20Council%20062417.pdf)
RT @elwags: #alacouncil, here are the @ala_wo slides from this morning's session: emailed link coming shortly.
library  advocacy  librarycamp  via:laurenpressley 
june 2017
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