Archive for July, 2012

Summer Searching Fun from Google

July 26, 2012

Do you sometimes find that looking for pictures using Google’s Image Search can be a little bit overwhelming?

Did you know that you can filter your image search by colour?

In this article, Google Search Educator Tasha Bergson-Michelson shows you how it works, and also gives several examples of when the colour filter can be useful (some academic, some less so…).

Give it a try, and see if this different way of narrowing your search results works for you!

Crowd-sourced Cataloguing at the Bodleian Library

July 6, 2012

Have you always wanted to be a cataloguer? I know, who doesn’t? Here’s your chance to leave a mark on one of the world’s foremost libraries. The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has developed a project to have regular folks describe a collection of 4300 Victorian music scores for piano. They hope that this project will open the door to having other collections catalogued by the public.

Don’t panic if you’re not sure how to describe a musical score – there’s an extensive Guidelines section to help.

Want to participate? Check it out at

The project is hosted by – another cool spot to participate in world-wide, crowd-sourced projects. You could help researchers understand how whales communicate, search the Milky Way for data on how stars form, or study the lives of Ancient Greeks. Perfect rainy day summer projects!