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Fresh Classification Enhances Access to William Gedney’s Work

  American photographer William Gedney is known for his documentary style images and intense night studies. He was under appreciated in his life; he taught at Pratt Institute until he was denied tenure in 1987. Gedney’s work drew acclaim in

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Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican Secret Archives (VSA) collections occupy 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries. The VSA is so inaccessible to scholars, few pages have been scanned and made available online and even fewer pages have been

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The Prelinger Archives: The Way It Never Was

One of my favorite films is unlikely to screen at a film festival. Joan Avoids a Cold shows the stark and humiliating consequences of sharing food, open-sneezing and neglecting hand-washing. It’s among the approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles in The Prelinger

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The Web Archive at The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)

  The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) is comprised of the research libraries and archives of three leading museums in New York: the Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. The stated mission of the

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Solving Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt was an artist active in the 60’s and 70’s. His work comprised mostly of mathematical wall drawings made of geometric shapes. However, The drawings themselves are not what is considered “the art”. The Sol Lewitt Foundation now handles

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The Search Engines That Wanted to Classify the World

Never before had I thought about classifying the internet in the same way that literature and other media is classified. The all mighty Google just did its thing, crawling websites with their magical algorithms to match the keywords users entered

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Metadata at the P.T Barnum Museum

Recently, archivists at the P.T. Barnum Museum and the Connecticut Digital Archive digitized a large amount of materials, including advertisements, photographs, and playbills from Barnum’s famous shows. The question arose, however, how to label and organize data which contained outdated

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The Art and Science of Naming Everything

What can we learn from the father of taxonomy?  Two things jump out at me: keep it simple and rules is rules. The system of naming species was first developed in the mid- 1700s by Carolus Linnaeus, a physician and

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Urban Librarians Conference

On April 13th, I attended the Urban Librarians Conference at the Brooklyn Central Library. The keynote speaker was Jessamyn West, a librarian, blogger, and activist known for creating the website librarian.net. West’s keynote address on community engagement focused largely on

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