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Fresh Classification Enhances Access to William Gedney’s Work

  American photographer William Gedney is known for his documentary style images and intense night studies. He was under appreciated in his life; he taught at Pratt Institute until he was denied tenure in 1987. Gedney’s work drew acclaim in

Posted in Archives, Classification, Libraries, Uncategorized

Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican Secret Archives (VSA) collections occupy 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries. The VSA is so inaccessible to scholars, few pages have been scanned and made available online and even fewer pages have been

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The Prelinger Archives: The Way It Never Was

One of my favorite films is unlikely to screen at a film festival. Joan Avoids a Cold shows the stark and humiliating consequences of sharing food, open-sneezing and neglecting hand-washing. It’s among the approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles in The Prelinger

Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Classification, Preservation, Uncategorized

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it. What makes this

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The Web Archive at The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)

  The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) is comprised of the research libraries and archives of three leading museums in New York: the Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. The stated mission of the

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Crowd-sourcing challenges to the LCSH

As I was conducting research on alternative cataloging practices, I came across a project by Violet Fox, a librarian and cataloger in central Michigan.  Fox was inspired to develop a website aimed at crowd sourcing challenges to the notoriously static

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Artifex Press and the Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The catalogue raisonné is a staple of the art world. Within galleries and museums, securing proof of provenance is integral in establishing a piece’s authenticity. These publications present a complete, cataloged collection of an artist’s verified output. For established, prolific

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Empty Apartments

EmptyApartments.net is a collaborative project between Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson, two practicing artists. The pair conceptualized the image collection when skimming Craigslist for apartments for rent. While browsing, both artists recognized interesting (often baffling) visual similarities in the photographs used

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Joy Reid and the Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive Trashes Joy Reid’s Dubious Claim That Hackers Made Her Look Homophobic While the particulars of this story are convoluted and somewhat baffling, the basics are this: Joy Reid is a host on MSNBC. A decade ago, she was

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