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Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated

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data.world Peace

Based on the article, “How data.world Wants to Unify the Data World.” In mid-August, staff from Knowledge@Wharton, the online journal for The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, published an article where they interviewed data.world co-founders, Brett Hurt and

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Posted in Linked Open Data, Open Data, 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

Posted in Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Museums, Open Access, Open Data, Uncategorized

WHEN IN NATURE, GOOGLE LENS DOES WHAT THE HUMAN BRAIN CAN’T

WHEN IN NATURE, GOOGLE LENS DOES WHAT THE HUMAN BRAIN CAN’T AI-POWERED VISUAL SEARCH tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point

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Open Library Gets Even More Open

With my primary interest lying in youth services, I often look at School Library Journal for recent articles, and news pertaining to young adult library services. This article talks about the new features in Open Library, an Internet Archive project founded

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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

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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Wikidata and Digital Preservation

After finishing  my term paper surveying Wikidata adoption across GLAM, I wanted to look more closely into the final GLAM project I discussed in my overview. While Wikidata is exciting for plenty of reasons, I am especially curious about Yale

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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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by Hugh McLeod

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