One of my favorite ways to keep informed about technologies for libraries is to follow the ALA LITA Top Technology Trends (TTT) group.
Here’s what I learned from their archived video presentations at ALA 2014 Annual conference.
- One click server install used by Minecraft enthusiasts: Minecraft Realms costs $13 a year for a private group of 20 to share a server and collaborate to build Minecraft models https://minecraft.net/realms
Digital Humanities (DHbox) http://dhbox.org/ invites you to jump in and use the tools available there to share and compute digital humanities datawithout having to stand up a server first.
Digital Public Library of America applying for a grant that would allow any libraries to stand up a one click server and contribute/share content with DPLA.
*BioHacker spaces and the DIYbiology movement see science literacy as requiring one to DO science and thereby democratize expensive biology courses and equipment for individual use. ommunity labs (such as GenSpace http://genspace.org/events/courses) teach people to isolate their own DNA from a tissue sample and analyze it. Other uses include Japan’s promotion of BioHackathon’s since 2008 so families can do things like test milk or baby formula at home. Do-it-Yourself biolabs in the U.S. http://diybio.org/local/. O’Reilly publishes a line of books on biology at home (use a blender or a salad spinner as a centrifuge).
*Google Scholar offers “MyUpdate” functionality for registered authors that gives outstanding suggestions for research similar to yours. Also from Google, try out GoogleNow https://www.google.com/landing/now/ which integrates your personal information with their alert services (reminds you it’s time to leave for the airport based on the calendar appointment and the traffic, tells you about a great Thai restaurant nearby if you like Thai, etc.). Semantic technology that really help you as an individual!
ALA Annual “Top Tech Trends” videos http://www.ala.org/lita/ttt
Twitter – @toptechtrends http://twitter.com/toptechtrends