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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

This documentary “depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up

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Posted in DRAFT - Repeat, Knowledge and Truth, Open Access, Open Data

A New Way to Highlight: The memorization font

  Last week, Melbourne’s RMIT University unveiled Sans Foretica, a new custom-designed typeface that, according to its creators, helps readers retain what they read. The clunky, hard-to-read sans serif would probably be considered a “bad font” by typographers, who are

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Posted in Born Digital, Open Access

Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Open Access, Preservation

data.world Peace

Based on the article, “How data.world Wants to Unify the Data World.” In mid-August, staff from Knowledge@Wharton, the online journal for The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, published an article where they interviewed data.world co-founders, Brett Hurt and

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Posted in Linked Open Data, Open Data, Uncategorized

Open Library Gets Even More Open

With my primary interest lying in youth services, I often look at School Library Journal for recent articles, and news pertaining to young adult library services. This article talks about the new features in Open Library, an Internet Archive project founded

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Posted in Books, Library, Linked Open Data, Open Access, Open Data

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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Mapping Paintings

This past summer, Boston University professor Jodi Cranston created Mapping Paintings. Hyperallergic describes Mapping Paintings as “an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of

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Posted in Museums, Open Access, Open Data, Uncategorized

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Will Offer Open Access to Public Domain Images in its Collection

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that 375,000 images from its collection that are in the public domain will be available for free to anyone who wants to use them. While the Met is not the only major

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Remember Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986-January 11, 2013)

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and

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