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FBI, CIA, JFK, MLK

It’s old news by now, but in late October, the National Archives released a portion of the classified files on the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation. It was supposed to be all of the files, but the FBI and CIA

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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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What happens when a “database” has no identifiers: the ATF’s gun registry

The ATF’s record-keeping system lacks certain basic functionalities standard to every other database created in the modern age. Despite its vast size, and importance to crime fighters, it is less sophisticated than an online card catalog maintained by a small town public library.

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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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FDR Library Launches Holocaust Project

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Holocaust Collections: A Curatorial Project, which will bring together Holocaust documents dispersed in various collections throughout its archive. The papers of Rudolph Vrba, who, at 19, escaped

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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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by Hugh McLeod

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