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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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Information Literacy in a Digital World

In November 2016, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released a study on information literacy in American students. The study took place between January 2015 and June 2016, and tested over 7,500 students. They put the students through a series

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#MeToo, #YoTambién, #MoiAussi

Data Visualization credit to Erin Gallagher, Medium@Erin_Gallagher For most of us, social tagging is a de facto part of everyday life. We tag pictures of beautifully arranged food (#HomecookedDinner), of our pets (#Fluffy), even of ourselves (#WokeUpLikeThis), all for the

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BBC launch archive of memorable programmes to help dementia sufferers

The BBC—in conjunction with Dundee University, the University of St Andrews, and the Alzheimer’s Society—has recently launched an online television archive called the BBC Reminiscence Archive (RemArc), a user-friendly archive of historical broadcast footage. The goal of making this footage

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Libraries and museums team up to make bold political statement: Facts are real

  Museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions took to social media on Friday to promote the hashtag #DayOfFacts. While the hashtag claims to be nonpartisan, the issues surrounding the current political climate are inevitably intertwined with this movement. Institutions receiving

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In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play

Some of you may have heard of the recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s “top stories” function promoting misleading, sloppily reported, or even completely made up news stories. Concern has escalated following the election, with many citing the exchange of falsified news

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