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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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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NASA hasn’t been hiding its videos of rocket ships and aircrafts– the videos have actually been archived online on their website, for quite some time.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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What happens when a “database” has no identifiers: the ATF’s gun registry

The ATF’s record-keeping system lacks certain basic functionalities standard to every other database created in the modern age. Despite its vast size, and importance to crime fighters, it is less sophisticated than an online card catalog maintained by a small town public library.

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“Nation Building Through Information Sharing”: Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

On September 10, 2017, the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) announced that its founder, Nancy Dupree, died at 89 years old. Dupree, an American who spent many years in Afghanistan, collected photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, magazines, and other documents

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Sad Songs, Artificial Intelligence and Gracenote’s Quest to Unlock the World’s Music

So, who doesn’t love a sad song?: Gracenote wants to help you find them, using machine listening and learning technologies to recognize and classify genres, and even curate collections globally. I stumbled upon this article after briefly researching CD-Text and

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Treasures as Archives

(To further on Lindsay’s blog post on Harvey) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/treasures-saved-harvey.html A common theoretical question you may have entertained: If there was a fire in your house and you had 5 minutes to escape, what (aside from living beings) would you take

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