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The Free Music Archive is closing down this month

The WFMU project hosted music that was meant to be freely shared Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Free Music Archive was founded in 2009, the same year Barack Obama was inaugurated as this country’s first black president. As a

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You Can Now Download a Collection of Ancient Japanese Wave Illustrations for Free

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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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Google AMP: New Governance Model

In 2016, Google invented and published Accelerate Mobile Page (AMP), an open-source website publishing technology to improve the performance of web content on mobile devices. According to Google, if people cannot access the website immediately, they tend to close the window.

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Artifex Press and the Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The catalogue raisonné is a staple of the art world. Within galleries and museums, securing proof of provenance is integral in establishing a piece’s authenticity. These publications present a complete, cataloged collection of an artist’s verified output. For established, prolific

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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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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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Blockchains and Data Management: Worth the hype?

It seems like everyone is talking about blockchains these days, whether they’re promising lucrative futures in cryptocurrencies or claiming that blockchains will save the rainforest. But what are blockchains? And – more importantly for those of us taking Knowledge Organization

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User Generated Tags: Steam Edition

In 2014, one of the world’s largest video game distribution platforms, Steam, introduced a user generated tagging system to help users search their massive catalog of video games. Naturally, the internet and its cadre of  Steam trolls found interesting ways

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