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Updated: 2017-01-16T14:22:55-07:00

 



Here's how to monitor for disappearing or changing news online

2017-01-16T14:36:49-07:00

Over the weekend Ed Summers released a tool called diffengine that monitors an RSS feed and then posts captures of any changed text to Twitter. It's meant for monitoring news sites, but could be used for anything that has an...



Sorry, the new Wayback Machine extension for Chrome needs some work!

2017-01-17T10:00:50-07:00

The other day I saw a headline about a new extension for the Chrome browser from the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine. I had initially ignored this, assuming it was the same thing as Wayback Chrome, but upon further inspection, the...



First run on autoEdit 2, open source transcription tool

2016-12-14T14:44:02-07:00

Having had this tab opened for what seems like forever, I finally got around to running some tests of autoEdit 2, an open-source automatic transcription tool (automatically creates a text file from a given audio or video file). This tool...



Archive of tweets from Semantic Web in Libraries (swib) 2016

2016-12-08T11:20:47-07:00

As I did last year, I have captured all the tweets from this year's Semantic Web in Libraries conference using the TAGS tool for Google Sheets. As of this posting there are 630 tweets with the hashtag #SWIB, 573 of...



Tammy and Paula's Most Wonderful, Best-Ever, Holiday Book List 2016

2016-12-06T09:17:58-07:00

Over at the Apples with Many Seeds blog, which is attached to our Education Library, Tammy and Paula are putting together a great book list for this holiday season. Want to impress the young folk in your life with an...



Before and After - Calgary and Ft. McMurray

2016-12-01T10:14:56-07:00

The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a... The other day Google Earth released updated historical imagery, so I thought it'd be neat to take a peek at two spots I know have grown a lot since 1985, the date of the earliest imagery. I also wanted a quick and dirty way to make a before/after image slider, as shown on the above post, so I found JustaposeJS, which does just the trick! There are other options if you do want to get fancy.  So here's Calgary: class="juxtapose" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/juxtapose/latest/embed/index.html?uid=f296e086-b7e7-11e6-8803-0edaf8f81e27" width="100%"> And here's Ft. McMurray: class="juxtapose" frameborder="0" height="484.99999999999994" src="https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/juxtapose/latest/embed/index.html?uid=e13cd916-b7e8-11e6-8803-0edaf8f81e27" width="100%"> From the original post, "Note that the new data is created by blending all Landsat/Sentinel 2 data for a whole year to remove clouds and snow cover. The result is that changes that happen on timescales less than a year, such as seasonal changes, will not be visible." I could look at stuff like this all day! Related articles Google Timelapse shows how any location on Earth has changed over the past 32 years Google Earth VR Lets You Take a Virtual Vacation Google Earth brings its breathtaking views into VR Grab Your Red Cape and Fly Around the World With Google Earth VR [...]



Alberta Open Data Developments

2016-11-29T08:17:10-07:00

Yesterday was a pretty good day for Open Data in Alberta. First, the City of Calgary went live with a Socrata version of their Open Data portal. Previously they had been running on some sort of Microsoft SharePoint (my guess)...



Mita makes the case: Why Libraries Should Maintain the Open Data of Their Communities

2016-11-17T13:46:55-07:00

Mita Williams has an excellent blog post titled Why Libraries Should Maintain the Open Data of Their Communities. It's a long (for a blog post), but important read, and includes an excellent history of how Canadian government data has evolved,...