Archive for the ‘Information Technology’ Category

Net Neutrality Day of Action

July 11, 2017

Network Neutrality, a founding principle of the Internet, is the concept of online non-discrimination. “It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to—or to provide—the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service. Information providers—which may be websites, online services, etc., and who may be affiliated with traditional commercial enterprises but who also may be individual citizens, libraries, schools, or nonprofit entities—should have essentially the same quality of access to distribute their offerings. ” (ALA,

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed undoing the 2015 net neutrality rules and is accepting public comments on this measure.  In response, July 12 has been declared a Day of Action. Over 100 popular websites will display a message informing people what Net Neutrality is and why it is important.  This message will prevent people from viewing the normal site until they either fill out the comment form and submit it to the FCC or click away.  Some sites which will display the message include the American Library Association, Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon.  Google and Facebook are participating.

Find out why Net Neutrality matters at

Make your own Big Eyes selfie

January 27, 2015

If you want to add a bit Odette big eyesof style to your next selfie, try the Big Eyes selfie app available on the Big Eyes website. Here is my cat Odette as an especially moving Margaret Keane muse.

Take a virtual tour of ancient Athens

November 4, 2014

Culturplay, a gaming software studio devoted to promoting cultural heritage through playfuVTA-erecthionl learning, has collaborated with the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) to develop the Virtual Tour of the Acropolis and Athens 5th Century. The Virtual Tour of the Acropolis is composed of high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramas of the Athenian monuments. In addition to detailed photographs, you will find descriptive information and maps helping you orient yourself on the acropolis. Athens 5th Century is a “political and philosophical strategy game that builds upon an intuitive simulation of ancient Greece.” Learn more about the game here.

New MoMA App

November 4, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art has developed a newappnew app for iOS devices. Features include museum and art tours with artists and curators, “My Collections” — a tool enabling users to create collections of favorite media and images, a calendar for browsing exhibitions, events and film screenings, museums directories and maps and the ability to share via email, Facebook or Twitter your favorite art, events or photos.

To learn more about this free app, you can read more on MoMA’s FAQ page.  The MoMA iPhone App is available in the iTunes App Store.

Resource highlight: MAN Podcast

February 20, 2014

MAN podcast

MAN (Modern Art Notes) podcasts is a weekly podcast featuring artists, curators, art historians and authors produced and hosted by Tyler Green and Modern Art Notes Media. Every week they spotlight a new topic presented by an art historian, curator, artist, or author. This week’s podcast tells the story of how the Detroit Institute of Art’s curator Salvador Salort-Pons spotted The Infant St. John the Baptist by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and how he and a team at the DIA helped bring it back to life. The story will be told with the assistance of Salort-Pons, art historian Jonathan Brown, Meadow Brook curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski, DIA conservator Alfred Ackerman and Oakland sophomore Holly Lustig.

Listen to or download MAN Podcast on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:  iTunesSoundCloudStitcher, or via RSS.

Explore Roman ruins with new iPad app

December 4, 2013

The travel RRcompany Historvius has just released a new iPad app that allows users to explore Roman ruins without leaving the comfort of home. Sure, it would be nice to explore Rome’s ruins from Rome but sometimes that’s just not possible. If you can’t get to Rome in peRR 2rson, Roman Ruins HD makes it possible for you to explore over 100 Roman sites through 1500 plus images and Google street view.   Roman Ruins can be browsed by site name, country, period, a map or by curated galleries and collections.

The app is available from iTunes

The perfect Pinterest picture

June 5, 2013

Aunt Peggy's Cucumber SaladWhat’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.

First photograph on the web

July 18, 2012

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.

World Wonders Project

June 12, 2012

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.

Drag and drop with Google images

July 20, 2011

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.