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Tuesday Buzz: The Creative Commons Just Got a Lot Bigger

By / Sep 2, 2014 Feast your eyes on these old-school illustrations. (Internet Archive/Flickr)

The nonprofit storehouse run by the Internet Archive makes millions of images freely available on Flickr. Also: the reason your app got rejected by Apple.

If you need a photo—particularly one with a retro tinge—we know of a pretty good place to look.

Late last week, the Internet Archive—a nonprofit organization that makes information freely available online for public consumption—made 2.4 million images, largely scanned from old books, available on Flickr using Creative Commons licenses. (In layman’s terms, that means you can use them freely as long as you attribute the original source.)

But what’s more impressive is not just the scanning of the images, but the use of optical character recognition to give context to the photos with 500 characters of text. “This means you can now see, click, and read about each image in the collection,” writes Robert Miller, the group’s director of books. “Think full-text search of images!”

And there’s more where that came from—the nonprofit plans to make the archive 14 million images strong, at a rate of 1,000 per week.

Why Apple Rejects Apps

Is your app’s design confusing? Have you worked hard enough to squash all those bugs? Are you linking to all the places you need to?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, that may be why Apple rejected your app from its App Store.

In a bit of uncharacteristic transparency for the iPhone giant, Apple offered up a list of the 10 most common reasons the company asks developers to go back to the drawing board. One  might be of note to associations is this one, about scope and lasting value:

If your app doesn’t offer much functionality or content, or only applies to a small niche market, it may not be approved. Before creating your app, take a look at the apps in your category on the App Store and consider how you can provide an even better user experience.

And while we’re talking Apple, it should be noted that the company is holding a press event on September 9. New iPhone, ahoy?

Other good reads

Struggling to keep your productivity up? LifeHacker suggests a new web app, Bania.io, that relies on the Jerry Seinfeld-approved “don’t break the chain” strategy.

A good logo is more than the design, and in case you need a reminder of that, look no further than the advice design gurus Chermayeff & Geismar recently shared with Bloomberg Businessweek. You might know the firm from its work for NBC, Xerox, and Chase Manhattan.

New certified association executive Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE, of Partners in Association Management, Inc., is thinking big-picture about credentials, thanks to the one she just earned.

Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. More »

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