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Crowd-sourcing challenges to the LCSH

As I was conducting research on alternative cataloging practices, I came across a project by Violet Fox, a librarian and cataloger in central Michigan.  Fox was inspired to develop a website aimed at crowd sourcing challenges to the notoriously static

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Crowdsourced Catalog: WomensActivism.nyc

WomensActivism.nyc is a crowdsourced digital archive highlighting the contributions of women throughout history. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Records and Information Services, the archive was launched as a five-year celebration of women’s suffrage in the United States.

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A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

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Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Classification, Libraries, Uncategorized

When Data Becomes Information: Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey has finally begun its denouement in Texas and the massive cleanup effort begins, news outlets are reporting on several ingenious social media search-and-rescue tools.  I’ll highlight two examples here, both of which show the power of turning

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Stanford researchers map fear and happiness in historic London

A group of digital humanities researchers at Stanford has analyzed the text of about 5,000 British novels published between 1700 and 1900 in order to create an emotional map of London based on how geographic locations were described in the

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by Hugh McLeod

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