The DOAJ requires a new full-time Managing Director, experienced and “a strong leader”. Deadline: 9th July 2021.
DocFetcher Pro is now available and stable in a bugfixed 1.1.x version, as a perpetual free demo (limited to five search results, per search) or for $40 via Gumroad. It’s a leading desktop PC file-indexer and local keyword searcher, which in its freeware version was bjorked last September by a Java update. The maker then took the opportunity to put the project on a pro footing. This version now includes the required Java modules inside the software, so you don’t have to install Java on your PC.
“Frequently Asked Questions About Controlled Digital Lending”, a free Archive.org webinar on 19th June 2021, at 12:00 PM Eastern time USA. Via Zoom.
Even though CDL is used at hundreds of libraries around the world, questions remain about this important innovation in digital library lending. In this session, we’ll be tackling the most commonly asked questions surrounding CDL and answering some of yours.
DuckDuckGo is partly based on Bing (a blend of Bing and Yandex, when its sources were last heard of). It appears to be unknown if there has been a back-end ingestion that makes it a replacement for Yippy. But a few initial tests suggest it might be a reasonable replacement, and may have had some of Yippy’s weightings plugged in. For instance try a search for…
“href.replace” regex script
But if you want a technical search for your field or hobby in 2021, with full indexing reach and relevance-ranking, it’s probably best to create a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) and populate it with about 100 or so of the top relevant URLs.
CC Search, aka Creative Commons Search Engine, is moving to WordPress.org, which has also “hired key members of the CC Search team”. WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg also states on his blog of CC Search… “audio and video [are] soon to come” with the support of WordPress.org.
CC Search should not be assumed to be a one-stop solution. It appears, for instance, to be completely useless for DeviantArt. Presumably DeviantArt is traffic-shy in that respect, and its bots are being blocked there. If WordPress could find a way to have DA open up, that would also be a major boost to the service.
Scan The World is a new site for free Creative Commons scans of real-world objects, aimed at people who want to
waste time and money on making worthless plastic tat 3D-print delightful plastic objects. We’ve seen such sites before, but this one looks like it’s well-organised and commercial enough to succeed.
Sadly the 3D printing angle means that “objects” is often where it ends, as nearly all my test downloads under full Creative Commons were simple .OBJs and thus lacked the vital photogrammetric textures seen in the previews. Those that did have textures tended to be under non-commercial Creative Commons. Such as this fab 3D printable Cat Armour.
I somehow doubt has a medieval original, but there were medieval rocket-cats, so you never know…
Overall, despite the limitations and ads Scan The World is an ‘open downloads’ site and no sign-up is required to download.
Petal Search, an English search-engine by China’s Huawei and apparently with its own index. After cleaning all the unwanted cruft off the front-page with uBlock, it can be made nicely minimalist…
Images seemed the most useful. But it turns out the ‘HD’ filter is puny, regarding a mere 900 x 1200 as ‘high’. Still it’s possibly useful as a third-opinion on images, as it gives very different results than DuckDuckGo Images or Google Images.
News feels like Bing, but without the extreme timeliness and with a whole lot of local British news seeming to be filtered through a cheesy relayer called dailyadvent.com rather than going directly. At a guess that may be to comply with Chinese government requirements?
The main search is sprinkled with ad-cards, but these are easily removed with uBlock. Definitely not as good as Google for the first page. I suspect the problem is in running weaker semantics on the query rather than in the index.
One thing it is is fast. Very fast. They’ll be using their own ‘special’ routers, no doubt.
A few years back I made three curated picks from the Unsplash CC0 Creative Commons collection, and posted these here…
* Libraries and archives theme.
* Creative Industries I theme.
* Creative Industries II theme.
The CC0 status was later changed. For instance, Alex Knight uploaded his Robot picture under CC0 Creative Commons, prior to the end of 2017. But Unsplash now has its own licence, under which it is claimed this formerly CC0 Creative Commons picture now sits.
The new licence is not that bad actually, on glancing through it… it seems to just prevents the big stock companies from ingesting en masse and re-selling. But now comes the news that the evil stock agency Getty Images is about to “acquire” UnSplash outright anyway.
So here’s another pick, and under the still relatively permissive non-Getty licence, before the purchase goes through and any changes start happening.
What follows is ‘Creative Industries III’. As before, images reduced a little to make them more wieldy, and a few spamming brands (Apple, Nike etc) were airbrushed away. Photographer names are in the file-name, and should be credited if used in print etc. A few of the older pictures (see my collections above) don’t pop up for me in search, where you might have expected to see them again, and may have since been deleted or moved. Useable “draw-on-the-screen” images are very rare, but I found two good ones.
Creative Industries III:
Daylight code writing (useful, as most such pictures are on black):
All-night code writer:
Leather crafts maker:
Glass crafts maker:
Children’s book illustrator:
Special-interest magazine editor:
General designer using a Cintiq or XP-Pen:
Table-top RPG game designer / miniatures painter:
Pinball table designer:
Children’s party clowns:
Branch librarian / local documentary-maker:
Field researcher (a bit spammy, re: the brand, but the closest I could get which says ‘field research’):
Local history writer:
Philosophers / old books conservator:
Sports vehicle designer:
Vehicle livery colourist:
Local TV studio, junior camera operator:
Local TV broadcast station desk-jockey:
Live theatrical event desk-jockey:
Synth/trance musician / YouTube celeb:
Young stage drummer:
Young comics reader:
Children’s creative dress-up:
I’m guessing that there may also be a further risk, in future, such that simply opening a similar “signature form” petition could cause your Google account to automatically “sign” it.