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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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“Deep Learning” (An AI Technology): The Underlying Issue With Information.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/ The power of Artificial Technology in this day and age is no stranger to humanity and each day it becomes more present in our daily lives. It can be seen at our homes, facilitating daily chores and simple actions,

Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Classification, Knowledge and Truth, Knowledge Structures, Museums, Uncategorized

The Whole Picture: How Museums Facilitate Implicit Bias Through (lack of) Wholesome Data Organization

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-biases-shape-natural-history-museums-180967590/ Having worked at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT for 2 years during my undergrad career, this particular article caught my eye due to how quickly I could affirm and relate to the hidden biases that do

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Exploring the Artist Archives Initiative

This article is an interview with Glenn Wharton, former time-based media conservator for the Museum of Modern Art and now co-founder of The Artist Archives Initiative. Time-based media conservation is a growing specializing aimed to determine and monitor the acceptable degree of

Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Linked Open Data, Preservation

Solving Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt was an artist active in the 60’s and 70’s. His work comprised mostly of mathematical wall drawings made of geometric shapes. However, The drawings themselves are not what is considered “the art”. The Sol Lewitt Foundation now handles

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Metadata Matters: Spotify’s Spotty Data

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6836005/spotify-150-million-lawsuit-explained https://qz.com/1227434/spotify-just-hired-160-million-people-to-work-for-free/ Spotify, is leading music subscription service with over 70 million users and an $8 billion-plus valuation has recently put out an IPO to be traded publicly on the stock market.  The IPO has prompted the company to clean

Posted in Born Digital, Cataloging, Classification, Knowledge Structures, Open Data

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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Genealogy charts

While working at Brooklyn Historical Society last weekend I discovered a genealogy chart, also known as a family tree or pedigree chart, in the genealogy vertical files that I had not seen before. I also discovered family trees in more

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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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