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Keynote: “Questioning Wikidata”

Classification is never neutral.  Os Keyes’ keynote at WikiDataCon 2019 “Questioning Wikidata” explores this more. Using Bowker and Star’s Sorting Things Out as a framework, they explore how classification systems are “doomed to failure and hurt people” (around 5:30). They

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MSU Works With Refugee Development Center to Catalog Materials in African Languages

The Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, teamed up with the city’s Refugee Development Center to catalog documents written in African languages that include Swahili, Hausa, Arabic, and Amharic. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said that the

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To Name a Thing

The Power of Naming : A technology for mastering the world / Cecilia Sjöholm This essay reminded me of topics we’ve touched on in class, from the organizational follies of names to the subjective nature of classification. Cecilia Sjöholm recounts

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Indigenous Knowledge Organization

The Xwi7xwa Library in British Columbia is approaching its collection in a way that serves the needs of indigenous patrons and addresses the problems of western focused organization systems.  The library is catering to its patrons not only through their

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Plants and Whatnot: Multiplayer Inventory Organization in Minecraft

Over the last couple weeks, my boyfriend and I have been playing Minecraft together. For readers unfamiliar with the game, it is a combination survival/sandbox style video game. You must survive in a hostile world, and everything must be sourced

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Building a modern data registry: Go beyond data classification – Help Net Security

The focus of the article is privacy, particularly meeting privacy requirements to keep people’s data safe.  With privacy regulations being introduced globally there seems to be a surge in urgency to comply with the new laws.  A delicate balance must

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Libraries in Literature

This older article from The Conversation explores what libraries mean to society by looking at what role they play in our beloved fiction stories. The author argues that when we fear the loss of libraries we are fearing disorder. With

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