This document is intended to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It compiles data from usability studies evaluating terminology on library websites, and suggests test methods and best practices for reducing cognitive barriers caused by terminology, and provides an extensive list of resources.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Jargon is one of my biggest concerns about library website design. We use all these terms just assuming that our patrons understand them without checking that they do.
A group of NGOs, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, offer a suite of tools for diagnosing and mitigating the kinds of attacks faced by dissidents and independent media all over the world, especially when they threaten the powerful.The Digital First Aid Kit includes a secure communications layer, as well as sections on hacked accounts, DoS, seizure of devices and malware attacks on your site and network. You can modify and share the kit, downloading it from github, where it carries a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)
Bequest of Miss Louise Veltin, 1937
John La Farge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a collection of digital reproductions of artworks that it has been able to verify as out of copyright. They are marked on the individual record pages with an “OASC” (Open Access for Scholarly Content) graphic below the image. There are the basic non-commercial, educational, or fair-use limits and a lot of use information including how to cite them on the FAQ.
You inevitably need images for something, a new design or a blog post, and while the web is full of photos, most of them aren’t for reuse or only in limited ways. This is a collection of places to find copyright-free imagery you can use however you need.
The British Library’s Flickr collection
The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections
Photos Public Domain
free stock photography
PDPics.com – Public Domain Pictures
Cozy Cloud is a french startup funded by the Mozilla startup accelerator. Cozy is open-source software they’ve released that let’s you host your own personal cloud-based services. You set it up on your server and have access to a calendar, photos, files, address book, RSS feeds and pretty much every type of cloud-based service that is supposed to synch with your computers and mobile devices.
The proposal is that by hosting your own information, it is more secure than using services. It also makes it easier to control your information by keeping in one place you can more easily get it out of and giving you the ability to destroy the whole installation with one command.
If you don’t want to manage your own server, they offer a hosted service in beta.