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Organizing Data for Accountability: The Washington Post Tracks Fatal Police Shootings in the U.S.

Beginning in 2015, the Washington Post has been compiling a database of fatal police shootings in the United States. According to their methodology, they have been combing through “local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media,” as well as

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Yale Buys Judy Blume Archive

Judy Blume has been a hugely influential young-adult writer, prior to her works the genre barely existed. Vampire, werewolf and wizard’s can thank Judy Blume for their dominance in literature, as the young-adult genre’s popularity has exploded. She inspired children

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A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

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A study on diversity in romance publishing

A romance focused book store in Los Angeles, The Ripped Bodice, produced a study verifying what many readers will already know: the romance publishing industry has a whiteness problem. Romance writers being published by conventional presses (Kensington, Harlequin, Avon, etc.,)

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The Dynamic Library – Experiments with RFID

While browsing at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair, I happened across a book called The Dynamic Library, and couldn’t resist taking it home. As it turns out, serendipity and the mobility and discoverability of books is a major

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Hope for the Future of Endangered Languages

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/ In the UK, a startup named Tribalingual is working to prevent the loss of endangered languages and their respective cultures. Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens knows that many languages are lost when native speakers are forced to integrate into foreign

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NASA’s New User-Friendly Interface: YouTube.com

NASA hasn’t been hiding its videos of rocket ships and aircrafts– the videos have actually been archived online on their website, for quite some time. However, you will very quickly see that the site is rather antiquated: besides the 2003

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The unexpected boon of impermanence

In a world of CCTV cameras on every corner, and smartphones in every hand, we’re living in a time with unprecedented amounts of data. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to see how to parse and use this data in a

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