Let's get the "Word on the Web" and check out some recent topics of interest and discussion from the tech, literary, library, and arts and entertainment intersections of the World Wide Web that happened in January 2015.
- Ferguson Municipal Public Library took to Twitter earlier this month and invited people to finish the sentence, “Because of a public library I was able to…” Check out some of the great responses @ hashtag #becauseofapubliclibrary
- It's that time of year again: Oscar nominations have been announced. How many nominated films have you seen? You'll have til February 22nd to catch up before the 87th Academy Awards.
- Yes, it's another article that envisions a bookless library future, but read on beyond the surface of this Good magazine article and you'll find some more compelling thoughts on digital accessibility for the public and the library as a community hub for the 21st century. Hmmm... definitely sounds familiar : )
- This Esquire interview with comedian, actor, and author Patton Oswalt delves into his film viewing obsessions that are detailed in his new book, Silver Screen Fiend.
- Philadelphia's Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski talks with Technical.ly Philly about recent efforts to make open data an integral part of how city government operates.
- The New Yorker details the undertaking of The Internet Archive and their goal of gathering, cataloging, and keeping track of the ever increasing artifacts of the Internet age.
- The Avengers have assembled on the cover of January's Empire magazine, as well as a pretty foreboding pic of future film baddie Ultron!
- 22 projects winners have been announced for The Knight News Challenge on Libraries, with each being awarded a share of $3 million for their ideas!
- Once again, Star Trek predicts the future and modern technology has turned fiction into fact. Mashable shows us Google Translate's new app features including Word Lens, where you can hold up your smartphone to signage or written text in any language and the app will translate the words into your desired language before your eyes onscreen.
- President Obama recently spoke on the need for affordable high-speed broadband for all Americans, and how certain small cities and towns are taking steps to lay a foundation for broadband access that rivals the most connected cites in the world.
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