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The Watts Towers Bivalve Inventory Project

A biologist yearns to discover the secrets of Watts Towers’ shells. Watts Towers is a 17 monument folk art installation in Los Angeles. Built from the 1920s-1950s by Sabato Rodia, an Italian immigrant, the towers are constructed from structural steel,

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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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Blockchain Case: Anti-Corruption

Land Governance – Serpro (Brazil): Blockchain is being used in several pilot programs to fight fraud and corruption when it comes to land governance. Since the technology can be used to record and verify transactions, it is being applied to the

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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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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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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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Crowdsourcing efforts in aftermath of Brazil fire

photo credit. With all the attention that has come from the massive fire that decimate the collection of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, there has been a lot of talk of what could have been done to save

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Empty Apartments

EmptyApartments.net is a collaborative project between Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson, two practicing artists. The pair conceptualized the image collection when skimming Craigslist for apartments for rent. While browsing, both artists recognized interesting (often baffling) visual similarities in the photographs used

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Podcast Preservation

Podcasts have become increasingly popular in the past few yers, specifically with the younger generations. Being fairly recent born-digital entities the effects of digital decay have not yet set in, but of course is inevitable. They are not collected by

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