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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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LC Launches Web Cultures, Webcomics Archives

Article from Library Journal The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is creating two new born-digital collections – The Web Cultures Web Archive (WCWA) and Webcomics Web Archive (WWA). WCWA will feature memes, gifs, and images from pop

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Meet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the original Mickey Mouse

A legal dispute in the late 1920s forced Walt Disney to abandon his early signature character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Disney rebounded from this setback by morphing many of Oswald’s key features into Mickey Mouse, the iconic figure of his

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Video Games and Archives

Seeing as all media that is inherently integral to the culture and time that it was created is deserving of being preserved, the notion of finding a way to preserve games is not far fetched. Although you don’t hear as

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New Zealand’s First Wikipedian-At-Large

With a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, Mike Dickison is traveling New Zealand to recruit volunteer editors for Wikipedia. The country has been sorely underrepresented on the site, and Dickison holds the honor as New Zealand’s first official Wikipedian-at-Large. Mike

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NYT Using Google AI to Digitize its “Morgue”

The New York Times is using AI technology to digitize its collection of over 5 million photos, dating back to the 1870s. The photographs have been sitting in a sea of file cabinets that the NYT refers to as its

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A New Database Will Feature Works by Overlooked Female Artists from the 15th to 19th Centuries

A group of researchers at the Indiana University Bloomington in collaboration with the Advancing Women Artists foundation (AWA) are working to create an illustrated online database dedicated to documenting more than 600 women artists working in the United States and

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Searching for Stan Lee in the vault: Comic book legend kept archive collection in Laramie

“With the press of a button, 250 aisles of shelving slide along tracks on the ground. Laser sensors detect object between the stacks — boxes, people — so as not to crush anything when the aisles close. More than 75,400

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Palestinian Cultural Assets in the Israeli Archives

  This article in Al-Jazeera discusses the contents of Israeli archives, specifically the Palestinian artifacts that have been kept for years and used to support a Zionist narrative. During the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, librarians accompanied Israeli forces in to

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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