Maps of England and Wales from the 1840s to the 1950s.

For history buffs of England and Wales – brought to you by National Library of Scotland.

Reference: The National Library of Scotland Now Offers Free Online Access to Historic Maps Covering all of England and Wales, Gary Price, infodocket (Mar 25)

Get the Ordnance Survey Maps at http://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch-england-and-wales/

Ordnance Survey Map – Matlock Bridge. From National Library of Scotland

Knowledge Graph through Google Glass

Anyone tried Google Glass – the wearable computer that fits into frames of eye glasses? Wikipedia has this image and definition.

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Now, Google Knowledge Graph cards appear to help in identifying places, buildings, etc.

The Incredible Impact of Knowledge Graph Cards on Google Glass Search Results [Research] by Glenn Gabe, Glass Almanac (Mar 27)

Several screenshots show the types of information cards that can popup when wearing the Google Glass frames for informational and navigational queries.

And there’s one important finding that’s been hard to overlook, pun intended. When performing informational queries, the Knowledge Graph has often taken over the search results on Glass. And when it does, it can take up multiple cards and swipes. And if more and more people begin using wearables that run Android (like Glass, smartwatches, etc.), then the Knowledge Graph is going to be a beast to deal with.

Info junkies will go wild over this. Get more show and tell from Google Glass itself.

Netflixified

Here’s a concept – “the Internet is being Netflixified” – meaning that people are buying into bundling Internet services to get the information they need. Librarians have been delivering on this concept  forever, and some will remember the Doubleday Bookclub as a way to get new print books.  Today, on the Internet, the choices for digital subscriptions for people with tablets will be very enticing.

The Netflix effect: Why distracted consumers are bundling up , Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail (Mar 22)

But it [Netflix] has also had a sizable influence on other media industries. From magazines to books and music, the Netflix model is spreading like a spider virus, with companies bundling masses of content for a low monthly fee in an all-you-can-eat format, and packaging them with sifting tools and algorithms to help customers find what strikes their fancy.

Restaurant nuggets in Google

Google is showing more information about restaurants. Matt McGee, in Google Showing Restaurant Menus In Card-Style Search Result (Search Engine Land),  reported that Google sometimes shows  a card with the menu on a restaurant search. May depend on whether restaurant is in AllMenus.  So – didn’t show on my search for a local Toronto restaurant, but I did discover that Google has Knowledge Graph items for restaurants. Very helpful.

Knowledge Graph for Queen's Pasta in Toronto

Queen’s Pasta restaurant in Toronto

Match yourself with a search engine

Have seen everything now – a personality test of six questions that matches personality to a search engine. There are six possibilities: Yahoo, Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing, Ask (which I don’t consider a search engine), and Dogpile (which I haven’t used for years because of all the pay-per-click results).

Which Search Engine Are You?, Chris Velta, LunaMetrics  (Feb 10)

Would be interesting to find out qualities attributed to each search engine.