What’s the most popular picture on Pinterest? It’s not a cute kitten or puppy. It’s not a celebrity or a beautiful sunset. No, it’s Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad. Read more about image optimization in Pinterest and Instagram here. Note: “Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad” recipe not included.
Archive for the ‘Information Technology’ Category
Today is the 20th anniversary of the first photograph ever uploaded to the World Wide Web. And what a photo! Photoshop was clearly in its infancy as well. For the full story behind this historic image and the Cernettes who inspired it, check out the full article in Motherboard.
Google has teamed up with UNESCO, CyArk and the World Monuments Fund to introduce an exciting new resource that allows users to virtually explore and navigate world heritage sites through panoramic street-level images. The World Wonders Project uses Google’s Street View, Panoramio and Youtube to make sites like Pompeii, ancient Kyoto and the Palace of Versailles accessible to a global audience. Users can browse by location or by themes.
If you’ve looked at Google images recently, you probably noticed a new feature: Search by Image. Just click on the camera icon in the search bar or drag and drop an image into the search bar and Google images will search for and retrieve visually similar images. I’ve been testing out a number of images but here is one example: Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut “Two Men Plotting Points for a Drawing of a Lute in Foreshortening” (ca. 1525). Google image recognized the print as a Dürer and found visually similar images. It may not be as accurate as your art history professor but its a still pretty cool.
The Getty Foundation and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage have released high resolution images of Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece taken while the work was undergoing conservation in 2010. The project utilized high resolution macro photography under visible and infrared light, infrared reflectoography, X-radiography and dendrochronolgy to reveal valuable information on underdrawing, layer paint layer structure and other technical aspects of the altarpiece. Additional images of the conservation project will be made available over the next year.
If you long for the days of pen and paper, don’t give up — consider turning your touch screen tablet, phone or computer into a virtual pen and paper. John Biggs, writing for the New York Times “Personal Tech” page, reviewed several new devices now on the market that enable users to draw or write directly onto a screen using digital pens. A few examples: Thinkgeek.com’s Pogo Sketch, Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus, N-trig’s DuoSense (pictured above) and Livescribe Echo. Among the apps to consider: PhatPad and Adobe Eazel. To read the complete review, go here.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee wants your help developing a national digital public library. To facilitate this goal, the DPLA has released Beta Sprint, an initiative that “seeks, ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc.—put forth as a written statement, a visual display, code, or a combination of forms—that demonstrate how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content.” Beta Sprint is where theory merges with reality, or as Doron Weber, Steering Committee member and Vice President of the Sloan Foundation, put it, “where the dream of a seamless and comprehensive digital library for every person begins to grapple, technically and creatively, with what has already been accomplished and what still needs to be developed.” Anyone interested in participating must submit a Statement of Interest by June 15.
For more information on the Digital Public Library of America, go to their wiki.
(sources: Beta Sprint Press Release, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard)
Damon Winter’s ‘A Grunt’s Life‘, a photo essay capturing the daily life of US troops in an Afghanistan war zone with the use of the photographer’s iPhone, has won recent praise and an international photojournalism award. It has also stirred up some surprising controversy. The flap is not over the content — standard
photojournalism — or Winter’s use of an iPhone — also not unusual for photojournalists. Rather, journalists and photojournalists are questioning whether Winter’s ‘fauxlaroids’ are telling the ‘truth. Winter relied on the iPhone app Hipstamatic which applies visual filters resulting in color-shifting and some distortion to create a moody atmosphere. For more on this debate about authenticity and photojournalism, go here, here and here.
Google has partnered with several major international museums to present a new tool that allows users to explore galleries and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. The project is in its infancy but already 17 museums have agreed to participate and submit high resolution images.
The ARTstor Digital Library is now accessible to registered ARTstor users through the iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch, providing read-only features such as searching and browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. ARTstor is also introducing the Flashcard View for ARTstor Mobile, which allows users to test their knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record. This new view can be found under the “Views” menu as “Flashcard.” ARTstor Mobile is only available through the Safari browser. For more information, go to ARTstor’s Help page.