May 29, 2009
A new website may make getting all kinds of information a whole lot easier. Data.gov promises to host data sets from geospatial information to census data thanks to the Open Government Initiative. You can search by types of data, search for widgets, and find source pages for most of the material.
May 28, 2009
Art on Air launched
After some restructuring at the MoMA and PS1, the radio station formerly known as WPS1 has become its own entity, Art International Radio (AIR). MoMA and PS1 have agreed to license much of the old material from WPS1 and the staff of AIR are working hard to create new features. You can choose between listening at AIR's website, listening through iTunes, Live365 or Real Player.
May 26, 2009
If you're a Mac user, chances are you're already accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts for just about everything particularly image software, but you may not know how to create or find new short cuts using AppleScripts. An article in Smashing Magazine highlights 17 short cuts they believe could make your life easier. The short cuts range from tagging files for easier grouping or finding to creating a 'droplet' that allows you to convert image file in one step. The scripts are easy to install and most come with really great step-by-step directions.
Image from Andrew*'s flickr photostream
May 21, 2009
Spatial Key is an online system designed for data visualization. It's still in the evaluation stages, but you can apply to use the system now. Keep your eyes open for the roll-out of the official version as it could be an asset in helping you share your data with others.
via Swiss Miss
May 19, 2009
GeoCommons is a new site that allows you to share and create maps or add data to existing maps. You can download existing maps in Google Earth form, spreadsheets or shape files. Check out the Off the Map Blog to find out about interesting data sets and tips on using GeoCommons.
Hat tip to Deep Focus
May 14, 2009
Voice Thread is an interactive slide sharing community that has some great uses, particularly for those teaching classes containing important visual data. You can upload images from your computer, your flickr account, facebook page, or a URL to create a slideshow. Then leave an audio, video or text comment and use the draw tools to highlight areas of the slide. Others can also leave comments about the slide in different formats, and the slideshow can be made private or public. This way if you're showing images for educational purposes under fair use practices, you can allow only those on your class roster to view the slides. VoiceThread even allows you to turn off commenting, so if you wanted to create a class discussion for a certain period of time, you can cut off commenting after the due date.
hat tip to MPB Reflections: 21st Century Teaching and Learning for highlighting this tool
May 08, 2009
Model as Muse at the Metropolitan
The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute is currently showing an exhibit entitled, Model as Muse which should pique the curiosity of anyone with an interest in the fashion industry. The show explores the relationship between high fashion clothing and its famous wearers, so on display side-by-side are fashion photography and designer apparel from 1947 - 1997. The curatorial talk (part 1 shown above)and some behind-the-scenes footage are available on the Met's YouTube Channel as a playlist, and more images can be seen on the exhibition's homepage.
May 05, 2009
KallOut Application and Plug-in
KallOut is a plug-in and application that makes searching easier. Highlight text, and a blue quote bubble icon will appear just above the phrase or word. If you click on this icon, you will be given a menu that allows you to search several different sites using that phrase. You can choose what type of search you'd like and which engine you'd like to use. For example, you can search a location in Google Maps, an artist in Flickr, a battle in Wikipedia, or a person on Facebook.
For PC users, you can download the full application which works with Word Documents, PDFs, and any webpage. For everyone else, you can download a plug-in for Firefox or Internet Explorer that works with text on webpages. It's a great way to get reference or background data without being distracted from your task at hand.
May 01, 2009
Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process
The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.
All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream