FactMiners & Softalk Apple Project Publish Page-Number to 'Leaf' ID Reconciling Script for Internet Archive Collections

During bulk digitization, the Internet Archive assigns an ascending sequential "leaf" number to the file associated with a document page scanned. In a perfect world there would be a 1::1 correspondence, perhaps with an easily computed offset to ensure the sync between printed page numbers and the leaf numbers assigned to page-scan image files during the digitization "ingestion" workflow. Unfortunately, there are any number of reasons why these numbers can and often do diverge.

Preliminary Data from TOC/Masthead/AdIndex Text-mining

HERE ARE SOME PRELIMINARY PROJECT RESEARCH RESULTS that will be among the things included in my upcoming second research paper to be submittred for presentation at #DATeCH2017, the Data Access to Textual Cultural Heritage reseachers' workshop to take place this June as part of Europeana's Digitization Days conference.

The Softalk Apple Project & FactMiners to Host Global Collaboration Day Event!

The official announcement is forthcoming, but here's a peek into what's ahead...

The Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners are pleased to announce that we will host a Global Collaboration Day Event "all day" on September 17th.! :-)

Details of our event will be forthcoming and announced here as an update to this news item. Time is short, so we're in crunch mode to be ready for this fun event.

It's Official - Softalk Magazine Collection Now Available at the Internet Archive

On April 20, 2015 all 48 of the best that we could find issues of Softalk magazine were brought to the Internet Archive Regional Scanning Center in Fort Wayne Indiana for ingestion into the Internet Archive via The Softalk Apple Project. It was an amazing afternoon!

Softalk Apple Project Partners with Internet Archive to Accelerate Magazine Digitization and FactMiners R&D

The Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners.org are very pleased to announce our partnership with the Internet Archive which will dramatically accelerate the digitization, preservation, and public access to an archival-quality digital collection of the full 48-issue run of the Apple edition of Softalk magazine.

Previously Unknown Softalk Top 30 List for September 1984! (as I imagine it...)

A page mockup of Peter Caylor's Forecast for the Top 30 list of an imagined "49th issues" of Softalk

I recently had the chance to combine my love for retro computing and Softalk magazine with a "homework" assignment required for a Decision Support Systems class I've been taking. We needed to exercise our skills in model-based forecasting, so I saw a great opportunity to use this assignment to take a much closer look at the time-series of data represented by the famous Top 30 software sales charts at the back of every issue of Softalk (except the first).

Softalk Apple Project 2014 - Researcher of the Year Awards

As part of our commitment to support research collaborations, we are very happy to announce The Softalk Apple Project 2014 Researcher of the Year Award recipients; Chris Torrance, Laine Nooney, and Kevin Driscoll. The recipients of this inaugural year of our Researcher award are especially noteworthy as they have been trailblazers in our effort to establish The Softalk Apple Project as a vital, grassroots (unaffiliated and so-far unfunded) Citizen Science/History project.

Digging In to the Roger Wagner Archive

For all of you Assembly Lines fans out there, STAP's multi-award winning Chris Torrence recently posted this excellent YouTube video showcasing the new book, Assembly Lines: The Complete Book, the first in his series of Assembly Lines videos. To date he has posted three videos. The first of his videos is reposted here. It provides an overview of the table of contents with general information about the book itself and where you can get it.

Softalk Apple Project 2014 - Volunteer of the Year Awards

As we wrap up the first full year of The Softalk Apple Project (STAP), Timlynn and I are pleased to report our progress. While nearly everything done during the first year of activity has contributed in its own small way to moving our projects toward sustainability, two areas are especially noteworthy; our Volunteer activity and our Research "Honeypot" initiative. Here we are happy to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of our volunteers.

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book cover

I am very excited to announce that Assembly Lines: The Complete Book is now available as a hardcover from Lulu press. Roger Wagner’s Assembly Lines articles originally appeared in Softalk magazine from October 1980 to June 1983. The first fifteen articles were reprinted in 1982 in Assembly Lines: The Book. Now, for the first time, all thirty-three articles are available in one complete volume.

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