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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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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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Representing the Legacy of Paul Otlet

When we watched the Otlet documentary “The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World,” I was struck by the contrast between its tone and that of the Brainpickings blog post “The Birth of the Information Age” by Maria Popova that

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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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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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by Hugh McLeod

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