Web Readings Weekly Roundup (28th June)

For some time now, Android users (and more recently, iOS users too) were able to use Goggles, a Google app for smartphones, that recognizes objects and gives more information about them, from Google. The process is simple: on my wall, I have a reproduction (in the form of a puzzle) of a photograph by Robert Doisneau, called “La cavalerie du Champs de Mars” and taken in 1969. I just need to open Goggles app, on my mobile, take a picture of the puzzle that the app returns some results (see the picture below). The first one (the green selection) recognizes the author (Doisneau) and if I click on it, I’ll get Google results for the photographer. The second one (the blue selection) recognizes the Eiffel Tower. Clicking on it, I’ll get more results for the subject. Besides landmarks and artworks, Goggles app recognizes books, DVD, businesses, logos and even text (which you can translate from within the app too).

But now, the Getty Museum created special mobile versions of their collections, some of them with audio too and Google incorporated them into Goggles technology. Which means that if you take a picture to the paintings in Getty (or even to a reproduction), the first result will be from Getty and you will have access to this kind of information.

Although this book was published at the beginning of the year, I only got it this week. If you have any interest in Digital History or Digital Humanities, you need to read this book.

From the PressForward Website, “The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University created PressForward to explore and produce the best means for collecting, screening, and drawing attention to the vast expanse of scholarship that is currently decentralized across the web or does not fit into traditional genres such as the journal article or the monograph.

By mining a database of the world’s books, Erez Lieberman Aiden is attempting to automate much of humanities research. But is the field ready to be digitized?

#alt-academy takes a grass-roots, bottom-up, publish-then-filter approach to community-building and networked scholarly communication around the theme of unconventional or alternative academic careers.

The #alt-academy project features contributions by and for people with deep training and experience in the humanities, who are working or are seeking employment — generally off the tenure track, but within the academic orbit — in universities and colleges, or allied knowledge and cultural heritage institutions such as museums, libraries, academic presses, historical societies, and governmental humanities organizations.

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