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A Flower Reference Guide Catalogued by Color

Flower Color Guide is the first reference book on flower types organized by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and color schemes. It contains photographs of 400 varieties of flowers organized by color gradation, starting with a white rhododendron molle azalea

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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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Field Museum Enlists Volunteers To Digitize & Catalog Collection

Spent the morning geeking out @FieldMuseum, logging specimen from all over the country to help preserve the future of science! The coolest volunteer work I’ve ever done! You can still help out online! #WeDigBio pic.twitter.com/aaCcNC2XMr — Kara Oko (@KaraOko) October

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Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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The Online Sound Archive Preserving “Endangered” Sounds

Fast Company recently published an article on “Conserve the Sound,” (stylized »Conserve the sound«) which is an online sound archive. The work of this German project is focused on “endangered” sounds. As someone who has always been interested in sound

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Blockchain Is Growing In The Art World, But How’s That Catalog?

Clueless about blockchain? Give CryptoKitties a look! A press release that came out this week announced “first holistic blockchain-based system for cataloguing and securing fine art” from the Blockchain Art Collective. The unique bit here is that their process involves a

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There’s a Fungus Among Us…But What’s Its Name? On the Efforts to Catalog Mushrooms

By day, Californian Alan Rockefeller works in cybersecurity. But by…well, later in the day, he’s a mushroom hunter and cataloger, one of a few dedicated volunteers that keep mycology moving. Because mushroom taxonomy isn’t an especially new or sexy field,

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Dealing with Deadly Documents

Plenty of texts have the capability to be “dangerous” – they might teach you how to build a bomb, say, or disseminate violent philosophies. Sometimes texts are so concerning that government officials get involved: through the Minerva Initiative, for example,

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University of Iowa cataloging 4,000 tiny literary jewels

On NBC Nightly News Films on November 30, 2017, University of Iowa has 4000 special collections, which are miniature books. All of them are measuring three inches or smaller. In the video, the School of Library and Information Science student

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MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

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