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Testing the Europeana Search Widget

Disclaimer: I work for Europeana. But this is still great and I would have blogged about it anyway!

I was prompted by a new blog post from my former Kew colleague Anna Saltmarsh – Plants to pixels: enhancing access to Kew’s herbarium collections – to have a closer look at the Europeana search widget. It can deliver targeted search results directly on external pages – everything from private blogs to institutional data provider websites. There’s a really handy wizard that lets you create your own widget, with different themes and styles to suit most needs. Crusially though you can also tap into the power of the Europeana API to control what is displayed and what your users can then search for.

Here’s an example of the code that allows you to quickly and easily search Kew’s content, in this case looking for palms:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.europeana.eu/portal/themes/default/js/eu/europeana/min/EuSearchWidget.min.js?sw=true&query=palm&qf=DATA_PROVIDER:{Royal+Botanic+Gardens%2C+Kew}&withResults=true&theme=dark&v=2"></script>

And a live example, looking at user-contributed content to the Europeana 1914-18 project:

Kew on Newsnight – Obama’s first 100 days: Environment

Always nice to see Kew being featured on high profile programmes like newsnight, and especially on such a prominent news story (overly so if you ask me, but that’s not important here!).

I particularly like the montage of a giant George Bush in the temperate House….

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Obama’s first 100 days: Environment.

Cheering on Sharon Laws at the Olympics

A short while ago I discovered that a former colleague, friend and fellow cyclist Sharon Laws is going to be riding for Great Britain in the women’s road race at the Beijing Olympics. Wow, bloody amazing! So, this is just to say….

GO SHARON!

More about Sharon at:
www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2525097/Sh…
www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/gbr/News2008/200808…
www.olympics.org.uk/beijing2008/AthleteProfile.aspx?id=6813

Sharon also did the video feature for the BBC about the road race (during which she broke her leg!):
news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/cycling/7550414.stm

Youngs “Kew Gold”

Kew Gold bottleWhat could possibly be described using the following:
– retro touch
– aroma of wet corn
– some fruit and hint of cardboard
– proper nettley green hop aroma
– Mellow wine gum citrus
– buttery dunked Malted Milk
– a hint of sting
– Some cereal on the nose
– a deep, irn-bruey gold
– biscuit malts, citrus and yeast
– resinous lemon towards the finish

Well, it could only be Youngs Kew Gold, the new beer to replace the much missed Kew Brew.

I had my first bottle of it in the Coach & Horses on Kew Green last week, and I must say it was quite pleasant drinking – certainly a good beer for a warm summers’ evening (which unfortunately it wasn’t at the time!).