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Coming soon: A token taxonomy to define the world of blockchain

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), which describes itself as “a member-driven standards organization whose charter is to develop open, blockchain specifications that drive harmonization and interoperability for businesses and consumers worldwide” has announced they are working with Microsoft and many

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The Largest Online Catalog for Artists’ Books

While this post isn’t a current event, per-se I thought this would be an interesting topic to touch on for Knowledge Organization. When folks typically think of catalogs, we likely think of libraries and librarians as catalog proprietors. But there

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“The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System”

Cassia Kisshauer (653-01) Back in January the podcast “The Kitchen Sisters Present…” discussed The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System. The episode was in collaboration with the podcast Library Bytegeist and co-hosted by Molly Schwartz of METRO. The podcast

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Coding Culture and Consequences

This new book entitled Coders: The making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world by Clive Thomson is a call to pay attention to the influence of coders.  It is a reflection on how the niche culture

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Programmed Art at the Whitney Museum

Some may not classify a game that’s been modified by an artist to be considered art, but at the Whitney Museum’s Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018, it is. This exhibit caught my attention when I visited the

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Crowdsourcing Classification at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

I’ve long had a fascination with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. The museum is a famous idiosyncrasy, defying logical organization and traditional museum paradigms. As a self-described “cabinet of curiosities,” the museum fiercely challenges categorization. It is

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Classification of Books about Books

On April 5th, I had the honor to take a tour with the Pratt Chapter of the American Library Association to the Grolier Club. Founded in the 19th century and moved to the current location on 60th St at Upper

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Classification and Colonialism

In the 2017 article, “Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks”, by Melissa Adler, library classification is explained as having been organized and universalized by men. Adler states that: “One of the ways that exclusion was legitimated

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It’s an Ad World

Facebook Expands Ad Archive to All Ads and Pages Last October, in the midst and fallout of understanding the full scope of Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, they launched a political ad archive. Their goal was to provide more

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