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From Conveyor Belt to Conservation Policies

Digitization at the National Herbarium The United States National Herbarium, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contains approximately 5 million pressed plant specimens.  These specimens date back as far as the 1840s, having been collected during early

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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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Mapping Paintings

This past summer, Boston University professor Jodi Cranston created Mapping Paintings. Hyperallergic describes Mapping Paintings as “an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of

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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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MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

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Preserving In Real Time

I stumbled across this New York Times article, describing the effort museums are making to “collect history” as it is happening today.  The article discussed how museum curators are using the events being born from social and political conflicts as a way

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 375,000 windows on art history, and that’s just the beginning

  Richard Knipel, the Wikimedian in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looks back at the efforts made and future plans to further support collaboration between the museum and the Wikimedia movement. By Richard Knipel, July 25th, 2017 Six months ago, I

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Knolling as a Form of Visual Organization

Last week’s discussion on classification and categorization led me to think of one of the most satisfying visual representations of organization; Knolling. “Knolling” is most commonly a term used to describe the laying out of objects in an orderly, right

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