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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Electronic Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Have you explored the Norman B. Leventhal Map website yet?  This digital collection represents an ongoing project of conservation, cataloguing, and digital imaging of the Norman B. Leventhal Center’s collection of over 200,000 historical maps and 5,000 atlases.  View the collection by location, subject, date, publisher, author, or projection.

Here are a few of their business themed maps for Boston:

Be sure to check out the Map Center’s Made in Boston exhibition (through March 10th) which brings together, for the first time in decades, a majority of maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution.

MIT Takes Fourth Place in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Trials

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

Congratulations to the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team!

Sixteen teams from around the world competed from December 20-21, 2013  in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ’s Robotics Challenge Trials. The Challenge demonstrates the potential for the use of robots  in disaster response.

The team from MIT took fourth place with the Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics and will advance to the finals next year.  The team developed algorithms and user interfaces to aid a human operator paired with the robot to carry out a series of tasks such as walking over uneven terrain,  entering and driving a small utility vehicle, and using tools. Read more »

Commercial Buildings of Boston – Past and Present

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library
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Did you know our Boston Pictorial Archive holds photographs, prints, and drawings documenting Boston-area commercial buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries? The bulk of the material covers the years between 1855 and 1970 and offers views of banks, coffeehouses, stores and markets, taverns, and more.

For a look at buildings from today, two websites worth checking out:

redcheckEmporis
Detailed information on Boston buildings, the world’s 200 tallest buildings, and the USA’s top 20 buildings.

redcheckSkyscraperPage
Detailed information on Boston buildings, features skyscraper diagram illustrations, timeline chronologies, and a buildings database.

Both resources offer profiles on each building’s architectural style, architect, façade material, height, floors, and construction dates.

 

‘Tis the season for donation giving

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Electronic Resources, Internet Resources
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It’s that time of year again. Many organizations are vying for donations from consumers using ads and street teams. But there are so many charities and nonprofits, how do you know they aren’t a scam? Here are some resources you can check out to make sure you are donating smartly.

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A virtual piggy bank for your kids

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Internet Resources
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There are plenty of products out there that can help with reaching your goals. But what about for kids and teens?

Introducing Oink.

Oink aims to teach kids and teens how to spend wisely and save money all within a safe environment. Founded in 2008 as Virtual Piggy, the company recently re-branded itself as Oink and rolled a new suite of products to expand services and attract teens along with their parents.

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