Historical Reminiscents EP 23: Pretty Images With No Strings Attached

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Images have the power to act as click-bait - photographs can illustrate blog posts, make your professional website more attractive, and help illuminate a historical topic.  In this episode I discuss using creative commons and public domain images as part of your online presence.  I breakdown the types of image licenses and mention some of … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 23: Pretty Images With No Strings Attached

GLAM Organizations and Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a repository for free and sharable media content.  It is mostly commonly used for photographs but can also be used for video and audio recordings. The aim of Wikimedia Commons is to develop a resource of media that can be used for educational purposes that is open and freely accessible to all. … Continue reading GLAM Organizations and Wikimedia Commons

Public Domain Day 2012

Hurray for access! January 1st was Public Domain Day.  On that day, unpublished works by authors who died prior to 1942 became part of the public domain in the United States. This includes works by notable authors such as:Robert Baden-Powell (Founder of the Scout Movement)Frederick Banting (Canadian medical scientist, one of the main discoverers of … Continue reading Public Domain Day 2012

Cheap Books on Demand

I have been in favour of the Google Books project for some time, mainly because the project allows for greater accessibility of scholarship. This past week Google announced a new facet to Google Books. Now, more than 2 million books, which are currently featured on Google Books, can be turned into "instant paperbacks." Google has … Continue reading Cheap Books on Demand

Mapping and Privacy Concerns

I recently wrote on the trade off between convenience and privacy, this issue came to my attention once again while exploring virtual mapping. Most people have used Google earth or Google maps at one point or another. These applications are largely accepted by the general public as tools which make our lives easier. Google recently … Continue reading Mapping and Privacy Concerns