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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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Blockchain and Resource Descpription & Access

While reading about RDA (Resource Description and Access), a few of the outlines struck me as having similar properties to blockchain. The move to RDA has a few keys goals that include creating metadata that is accessible in a linked

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Send in the Clouds: California Community Colleges Move to Cloud-Based Library Management Platform

Article link: On February 5th the California Community College (CCC) system announced that they would be adopting the same cloud-based system wide library services platform. It is expected to be fully integrated into all 115 schools by 2020. This

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How Do We Classify The Stars In The Universe?

One of the advantages of developing a universal classification system for any field of study is the ability to make distinctions between things that may share certain characteristics but are nonetheless different. A standardized system also facilitates the communication of

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(Image Source: QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK. 2) QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK 2, 1923 INTERNET ARCHIVE EDITION I first learned about the work of Paul Soulellis at Printed Matter’s Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference in 2016. At the conference, he spoke about publishing as resistance and I was

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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

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Blockchain Case: Anti-Corruption

Land Governance – Serpro (Brazil): Blockchain is being used in several pilot programs to fight fraud and corruption when it comes to land governance. Since the technology can be used to record and verify transactions, it is being applied to the

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