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Libro de los Epítomes Rediscovered

Guy Lazure from the University of Windsor in Ontario made the connection to Colón. The Institute reached out to The Metropolitan Museum of Art who then contacted Wilson-Lee and his colleague José María Pérez Fernández to verify its authenticity. The

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The Barack Obama Presidential Library Goes Digital

“The First Digital Archive for the First Digital President” Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, 13 presidents have established presidential libraries to preserve and provide access to the historical records and materials of the Presidents. The libraries are

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Crowdsourcing Classification at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

I’ve long had a fascination with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. The museum is a famous idiosyncrasy, defying logical organization and traditional museum paradigms. As a self-described “cabinet of curiosities,” the museum fiercely challenges categorization. It is

Posted in Archives, Classification, Library, Museums, Uncategorized

It’s an Ad World

Facebook Expands Ad Archive to All Ads and Pages Last October, in the midst and fallout of understanding the full scope of Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, they launched a political ad archive. Their goal was to provide more

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Internet Archive to Preserve Google+ Posts Before Shutdown

Google+ was initially launched in June 2011 with the goal of competing against other social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. At first, Google+ received a surge in user signups but over time users spent less time on the site

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Lunar Library: the Rosetta Stone for Aliens or a Cultural Backup Disk?

Recently I have been noticing a lot of articles dealing with space preservation that slides in two directions; the preservation of human artifacts in space and human preservation into space (kind of like a time capsule). In an article by

Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Library, Preservation, Uncategorized

The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo

In June of 2018, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute announced its intention to collect the millions of tweets and hundreds of thousands of web pages that will form the historical record of the #MeToo movement. According to

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The Obama Center: Don’t call it a library

This recent article in the New York Times explains how the proposed plan for the Obama Presidential Center breaks with tradition and will not actually be a library. Starting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and retroactively including Herbert Hoover), each president

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by Hugh McLeod

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