Digital Free Library | Adafruit Learning System #tech #collections #digital #libraries #portable #gadgets #DIY #projects

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The Digital Free Library is a fun project that will allow you to create your own electronic library to share with others. Similiar to a Little Free Library but digital. READ: Overview | Digital Free Library | Adafruit Learning System

Cool little digital library server project! You could also use the Calibre application but that’s too easy. In library school we developed digital libraries from scratch using Greenstone Digital Library OSS. Now that was a challenge!

Disclosure: I do not endorse distribution of copyrighted or DRM protected file formats. – infophile


1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class #Museums: A Meta List of Great #Art #Collections Online | Open Culture #culture #digital

Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of viewing works of art…online galleries have long been “making works of art widely available, introducing new forms of perception in film and photography and allowing art to move from private to public, from the elite to the masses.” The vast collections in the virtual galleries listed await your visit: 1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online | Open Culture

Bizarre, beautiful insect images made from 8,000 photos | CNET

What’s bugging you? A British photographer painstakingly photographs every section of a specimen’s body separately, then combines them for one amazing image. SEE MORE at:

READ MORE: Bizarre, beautiful insect images made from 8,000 photos | CNET

CPL and Local Radio Station Work Together to Launch Local Music Collection | LJ INFOdocket #music #libraries

It was an idea brewing in the mind of CJSW station manager Myke Atkinson for a long time: a library to explore the varied Calgary music scene.
So the station approached the Calgary Public Library and, with the help of a $30,000 grant from the Calgary Foundation, built the Calgary Local Music Library. The mobile unit will travel to eight libraries over eight months and will house 200 CDs of notable local music, digital picture frames displaying historical Calgary music photos and posters, and a listening station, so people can sample before they borrow.  READ MORE: Calgary Public Library and Local Radio Station Work Together to Launch Local Music Collection | LJ INFOdocket

#Maps Film and TV Show Locations | BusinessInsider + City Sound Maps | Gizmodo + 67,000 Historic Maps | Open Culture

Film and TV show locations around the world | Business Insider
[I]nteractive map shows you where your favourite films and TV shows were filmed — including ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’

Beautiful Maps Let You Explore How Your City Sounds | Gizmodo
The urban aural landscape has a huge impact on our lives—from the roar of traffic and clatter of jackhammer, to the groove of music and lullaby of birdsong. These maps roll that information together to let you explore how cities around the world sound.

Download 67,000 Historic Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection | Open Culture
The historical map collection has over 67,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.

There’s also a new feature for many maps called “Georeferencing,” which matches the map’s contours with other historic maps or with more accurate, modern satellite images.


Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thing | Smithsonian #books #collections #collecting #bibliophiles #bibliographies #competitions

Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thing: Young bibliophiles duke it out in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest READ MORE: Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thing | Smithsonian

The Harvard #Library That Protects The World’s Rarest #Colors | Co.Design #collections #libraries #art #pigments #science

One of the coolest collections I have ever heard of!

The most unusual colors from Harvard’s storied pigment library include beetle extracts, poisonous metals, and human mummies. READ MORE: The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colors | Co.Design | business + design

Download Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare #Paintings (Most in Stunning #HighResolution) | Open Culture #art #Vermeer #digital #images #collections

READ: Download All 36 of Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare Paintings (Most in Stunning High Resolution) | Open Culture

How Game #Historians Are Keeping Your Favorite Bits From Being Lost Forever | TechCrunch #gaming #collections #archives #emulation #curation

Since 2013, the Internet Archive has provided access to old console games, arcade titles and even MS-DOS classics like Oregon Trail. Internet Archive curator Jason Scott explained how and why the non-profit preserves history by making sure games from the past aren’t lost as we move on from old hardware and software platforms.

“The thing about computer software history is that it is both adored and ignored,” he said, comparing how we preserve software to how we preserve old film. “For decades, people would throw out floppies containing classic games without a second thought.” While there are museums where you can see old hardware and software as exhibits (Scott called out the Computer History Museum in Mountain View as a particularly good example), these limit access to those who can actually make it to a physical location, which doesn’t take advantage of the fact that software doesn’t have to remain trapped in a particular computer.

By abstracting games away from their old consoles and PCs, the Internet Archive is ensuring that the experience itself can live on through emulation. READ MORE: How Game Historians Are Keeping Your Favorite Bits From Being Lost Forever | TechCrunch

Experimental #Website Lets You Download Amazing #House #Blueprints for #Free | WIRED #residential #home #architecture #opensource #design

Architecture has long had an accessibility problem: You want a bespoke house? You’re gonna have to pony up a lot of money. In the process, good design has become a luxury; a snooty, out-of-reach idea that only the rich have access to, which is actually the exact opposite of what good design should be. But what if architecture behaved more like technology? Can you expand the reach of quality design by applying the same principles behind open source code to architecture? Ask Joana Pacheco, and the answer will be a resounding yes. “We’re trying to bring quality to open source,” Pacheco says. Pacheco, who heads up architecture firm UMA…launched Paperhouses, a platform [bringing] high-quality open source architecture to the masses. READ MORE: Experimental Website Lets You Download Amazing House Blueprints for Free | WIRED

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