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Paul Otlet and the Universal Decimal Classification

In class a number of weeks ago we enjoyed watching the film entitled The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World.  Though the film has its flaws (mainly in production, but perhaps also in content as some other students have assessed)

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The Man Who Classified Music

Meet the man classifying every genre of music on Spotify — all 1,387 of them Do you prefer ‘neurostep’ or ‘vapor house’? Spotify’s ‘data alchemist’ is using technology to help identify new musical trends. (Headline and photo from The Toronto

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The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus for American Indian Terminology

It is fairly well known that the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are problematic in endless ways.  However, one way in which the biases and marginalization of people is most apparent is within the Native American subject headings.  Issues

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Are you Sitting Down?

Herbert Mitchell, a librarian at the Columbia University Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library from 1960 to 1991 was what you might call an “extreme collector” (or maybe a hoarder, depending on your perspective). He couldn’t resist the ephemera of

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Classifying the Stars

Recently I finished reading a book I picked up at the library on a whim called The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel. It is about the women

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The Authorship of a Dance

Last week, in LIS 653-01, my colleagues and I explored the complexities of Dance Cataloging and Notation. The process of “preserving” an ephemeral art like dance is inherently paradoxical. As choreographer Trisha Brown points out, dance tries to capture “the

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Paul Otlet.

The Paul Otlet “The Man Who Wanted to Classify The World” documentary was an interesting watch. It’s rare you get a glimpse of the information world in the early twentieth century but I think this documentary was a great example

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Classification Ideals in Constructed Language

After our readings and discussion on analytico-synthetic and faceted classifications, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d encountered a similar idea in my pre-MLIS life. I eventually remembered that it was in an old New Yorker article that profiled a hobbyist

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Bringing Order to Chaos? A GAO Task Force Proposes IA Principles to Inventory Federal Programs

On November 30, 2017 I viewed a webinar hosted by the Information Architecture Institute (IAI) with a team from the The Government Accountability Office, or GAO. The GAO reports to the U.S. Congress and is responsible for investigating how the

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