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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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Ethical Database for Brain Scan Imaging

Why We Need Guidelines for Brain Scan Databy Evan D. Morris, Ph.D. Brain scans, aided by AI, reveal as much about you as your DNA. Grappling with their ethical implications is vital to scientific integrity. Morris 2019 After last week’s

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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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Digital Preservation Axioms & Development Platforms

In the reading from The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, author Trevor Owens outlines Sixteen Guiding Digital Preservation Axioms as a point of reference for the rest of the book and his philosophy on digital preservation.  Axiom seven immediately

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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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Coding Culture and Consequences

This new book entitled Coders: The making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world by Clive Thomson is a call to pay attention to the influence of coders.  It is a reflection on how the niche culture

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Classification and Colonialism

In the 2017 article, “Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks”, by Melissa Adler, library classification is explained as having been organized and universalized by men. Adler states that: “One of the ways that exclusion was legitimated

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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

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