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Digitizing Museum Fossil Collections

This 2018 article from The Conversation details the way that several large natural history museums are making their collections more accessible to the public. In most museums, the vast majority of their collection is hardly or never seen by the

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Co-opting Authority through “Information-as-thing”

Cataloging, categorizing, and organizing can become so engrossing that the big picture is ignored for the little details. And typically, we assume those details are all in service to the big picture – to make collections accessible, easily searchable, available

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Looted Books Hiding in Plain Sight

Of the many facets which a museum’s cataloging system records — artist, date, medium, style, period, region, &c. — one of the more important ones is provenance: the history of the object itself and its track of ownership. There are

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3D Printing & Museums

In recent years, museums have been implementing 3D printing technologies to preserve cultural heritage and heighten the museum experience. 3D technologies provide curators, researchers, and scientists with the tools to restore historical artifacts, accurately capture artifact details, and digitally preserve

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QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK.

(Image Source: QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK. 2) QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK 2, 1923 INTERNET ARCHIVE EDITION I first learned about the work of Paul Soulellis at Printed Matter’s Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference in 2016. At the conference, he spoke about publishing as resistance and I was

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The Watts Towers Bivalve Inventory Project

A biologist yearns to discover the secrets of Watts Towers’ shells. Watts Towers is a 17 monument folk art installation in Los Angeles. Built from the 1920s-1950s by Sabato Rodia, an Italian immigrant, the towers are constructed from structural steel,

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The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture

In the current issue of The New Yorker, there’s an article talking about how our conceptions of classical sculpture were influenced by racialized ideas of whiteness when first discovered by archaeologists. When our current society thinks of classical sculpture, we think

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Digitizing the vast ‘dark data’ in museum fossil collections

The great museums of the world harbor a secret: They’re home to millions upon millions of natural history specimens that almost never see the light of day. They lie hidden from public view, typically housed behind or above the public exhibit halls,

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Interconnectivity Through the Blue Lens

One of the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibitions is titled “Infinite Blue” and features works of art of different mediums, different countries, and from all different time periods, the only similarity being the use of the color blue. The color is

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by Hugh McLeod

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