The New York Times launches crowdsourcing tool for identification of old ads

The New York Times opened up its vast archive some time ago with the launch of TimesMachine, an open archive where readers can browse old issues from 129 years of the paper’s history. But the TimesMachine lacks one ability and that is to search old advertisements, since these have not been scanned and identified. In other words, it is nearly impossible to find old ads without browsing manually through old issues.

To solve this, the paper now launches Madison, an online tool where readers are invited to help out by finding, tagging and transcribing ads.

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“We have 163 years of what is often referred to as the first draft of history, and I think one of the areas we’re interested in is finding new ways to bring that archive to life,” said Alexis Lloyd, creative director for the R&D Lab.

Further reading:

Why The New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel

The New York Times is building a new TimesMachine

Hundreds of photos from the Eurovision Song Contest made available for free on Wikipedia

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The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the largest international TV events with an estimated 125 million viewers annually in 56 countries. In spite of this, there are very few photos from the contest available for free use on for example Wikipedia.

To show the Wikipedia community that it was possible to cover a major event and share quality images for common use, Swedish photographer Albin Olsson took advantage of the fact that last year’s final took place in his home country Sweden. He uploaded 870 images and videos from the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with a Creative Commons license to Wikimedia.

This year as the Eurovision was hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark, Olsson continued and extended his project. He spent two weeks prior to the event covering press conferences and rehearsals. There are now more than 900 photos and video files uploaded to Wikimedia by Olsson, free for usage under a CC-BY-SA-3.0 license.

Find all photos taken by Albin Olsson during the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 here.

Footnote: Image of winner Conchita Wurst above by Albin Olsson (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Via @ernstpoulsen

Instagram a gold mine for journalists during hurricane Sandy

The hashtag #Sandy on Instagram has more than 315,000 photos, most of them uploaded during the last 24 hours during the hurricane Sandy in New York and the east coast in the USA. The vast number of images uploaded by ordinary citizens is a gold mine for news media. We have seen it before and this time it is happening again, journalists asking for permission to use photos on Instagram in their reporting.

Here are a few examples of comments on one single photo:

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Local paper uses Pinterest to track down potential criminals

Pinterest is popular for sharing images on topics such as crafts, gifts, hobbies/leisure, interior design, and fashion designers/collections. But here’s a way to use Pinterest that I bet you didn’t think was possible. A local newspaper in Pennsylvania uses the site to find people who are wanted by the local policeThe Pottstown Mercury has created a board called Wanted by Police with mug shots of suspects. It also has descriptions of the suspected crime. Apparently local police say there has been a 58 percent increase in the number of arrests since the Pinterest site went live.

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While that all sounds nice, the paper (and in other instances, the police), must strike a balance between assisting the law enforcement and protecting the integrity of people who are not yet convicted of a crime. You might remember how the Manchester police in the UK outed convicted criminals on Flickr after the riots last year? There’s always a risk when individuals are publicly outed as criminals, or suspects, that things get out of hand. What responsibility does that paper have if one of these individuals are later acquitted in the court, but in the eyes of the public still seemed as guilty? I’m not saying that this is entirely a bad thing, but acts like these have to be thought through, carefully, or they might cause more harm than good.

Top Facebook pages in Sweden in August 2012

Game developer Free Lunch Design is still the Swedish brand with most fans on Facebook, according to the August 2012 report from Socialbakers. The only change in the top 10 list is that Apotekarnes Julmust has been replaced by amusement park Liseberg in the number 10 spot.

The most popular media page, Vakna! med the Voice, had almost zero growth since July, but it is still in a clear lead for the top spot in this list.

Top Swedish Facebook pages August 2012

The social media guide to Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – semi-final 2

Tonight is the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. To follow the different entries and their updates in social networks, see the list below. It is an extensive list of official Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace accounts and more. This list is even more complete than the links on the official Eurovison site. Have fun and may the best songs win.

Social media guide to Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1)

Official Eurovision social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionSongContest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Eurovision and https://twitter.com/#!/eurovisionpress
Twitter hashtags: #eurovision #esc2012

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Participating countries, semi-final 2.

1. Serbia

Artist: Željko Joksimović

Song: Nije Ljubav Stvar

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ZZeljko

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rts.zeljkojoksimovic

Web: http://www.zeljkojoksimovic.com/

 

2. F.Y.R. Macedonia

Artist: Kaliopi

Song: Crno I Belo

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KMPKaliopi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaliopi/11489283394

Web: http://www.kaliopi.com.mk/

 

3. The Netherlands

Artist: Joan Franka

Song: You And Me

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JoanFranka

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoanFrankaOfficial

Web: http://www.joanfranka.com

 

4. Malta

Artist: Kurt Calleja

Song: This Is The Night

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Kurtcalleja

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kurtcallejaofficial

Web: http://kurtcalleja.com/

 

5. Belarus

Artist: Litesound

Song: We Are The Heroes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/litesoundband

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/litesoundband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/litesoundmusic

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/litesound

 

6. Portugal

Artist: Filipa Sousa

Song: Vida Minha

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FilipaSousaCantora

Web: http://filipasousa.com/en

 

7. Ukraine

Artist: Gaitana

Song: Be My Guest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lavinamusic

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/gaitana

Facebook: http://kull.in/JxK82y

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/gaitana

Web: http://gaitana.com/

 

8. Bulgaria

Artist: Sofi Marinova

Song: Love Unlimited

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Sofi_Marinova

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/SofiMarinovaTV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sofi.Marinova.Official

Web: http://www.sofi-marinova.com/

 

9. Slovenia

Artist: Eva Boto

Song: Verjamem

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvaBotoSlovenia

 

10. Croatia

Artist: Nina Badrić

Song: Nebo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ninabadric7

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialNinaBadric

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NinaBadricOfficial

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ninabadricofficial

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninabadric/

Web: http://www.ninabadric.com/

 

11. Sweden

Artist: Loreen

Song: Euphoria

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LOREEN_TALHAOUI

Twitter hashtag: #loreen12p

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoreenTalhaoui

Instagram: @loreenofficial: http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/user/50776176/

Web: http://www.loreen.se/

 

12. Georgia

Artist: Anri Jokhadze

Song: I’m A Joker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoblogi

 

13. Turkey

Artist: Can Bonomo

Song: Love Me Back

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/canbonomo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canbonomo

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/canbonomo

Tumblr: http://canbonomo.tumblr.com/

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/canbonomo

Web: http://www.canbonomo.com/

 

14. Estonia

Artist: Ott Lepland

Song: Kuula

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Ottlepland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ottlepland

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ottlepland

Web: http://www.lepland.ee/

 

15. Slovakia

Artist: Max Jason Mai

Song: Don’t Close Your Eyes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MaxJasonMai

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/maxjasonmai

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxjasonmai

Web: http://www.maxjasonmai.com/

 

16. Norway

Artist: Tooji

Song: Stay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Tooji_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTooji

 

17. Bosnia & Herzegovina

Artist: Maya Sar

Song: Korake Ti Znam

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/mayasarofficial

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MayaSarOfficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayasarofficial

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mayasar

Google+: https://plus.google.com/102371423251611121007

Web: http://www.mayasar.com/

 

18. Lithuania

Artist: Donny Montell

Song: Love Is Blind

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/DonnyMontell

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/donnymontell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donatas-Montvydas/27243344154