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Why use blockchain?

Blockchain’s applications are linked directly to its benefits, such as: Security: The structure of the “chain of blocks” makes it impossible to be violated, since if an intruder decides to try to alter or erase any recorded transactions, it would

Posted in Archives, Born Digital, Cataloging, Knowledge and Truth, Knowledge Structures, Open Access, Open Data, Preservation, Research Projects

How Do You Catalog A Book Made Of Cheese?

As part of the Whitney’s Andy Warhol exhibit, the gift shop is filled with items Warhol probably would have found pretty amusing: a $400 Brillo Box pouf, a DIY time capsule (which, much like his, is basically just a cardboard

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Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Catalogued Librarian Dorothy Porter collected and preserved black experience objects, while making the cataloging system more inclusive at the same time. The Eurocentrism of the Dewey Decimal System is easy for catalogers to see. It is also not all that

Posted in Books, Cataloging, Classification, Library

A Flower Reference Guide Catalogued by Color

Flower Color Guide is the first reference book on flower types organized by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and color schemes. It contains photographs of 400 varieties of flowers organized by color gradation, starting with a white rhododendron molle azalea

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Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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Galileo letter finally unveiled, thanks to online catalogue

After years of alluding historians because of a dating error in the catalogue, a researcher has accidentally uncovered a telling letter from Galileo that was previously considered lost. The handwritten document is massively historically relevant: according to, the contents

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The Online Sound Archive Preserving “Endangered” Sounds

Fast Company recently published an article on “Conserve the Sound,” (stylized »Conserve the sound«) which is an online sound archive. The work of this German project is focused on “endangered” sounds. As someone who has always been interested in sound

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Umberto Eco Explains Why We Make Lists

Creative Commons image by Rob Bogaerts, via the National Archives in Holland We hate lists, which have told us what to do since at least the days Leonardo da Vinci, and which now, as “listicles,” constitute one of the lowest strata of internet

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Blockchain Is Growing In The Art World, But How’s That Catalog?

Clueless about blockchain? Give CryptoKitties a look! A press release that came out this week announced “first holistic blockchain-based system for cataloguing and securing fine art” from the Blockchain Art Collective. The unique bit here is that their process involves a

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Crowdsourcing efforts in aftermath of Brazil fire

photo credit. With all the attention that has come from the massive fire that decimate the collection of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, there has been a lot of talk of what could have been done to save

Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Open Access, Preservation, Research Projects

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