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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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Libro de los Epítomes Rediscovered

Guy Lazure from the University of Windsor in Ontario made the connection to Colón. The Institute reached out to The Metropolitan Museum of Art who then contacted Wilson-Lee and his colleague José María Pérez Fernández to verify its authenticity. The

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Internet Archive to Preserve Google+ Posts Before Shutdown

Google+ was initially launched in June 2011 with the goal of competing against other social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. At first, Google+ received a surge in user signups but over time users spent less time on the site

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Meet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the original Mickey Mouse

A legal dispute in the late 1920s forced Walt Disney to abandon his early signature character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Disney rebounded from this setback by morphing many of Oswald’s key features into Mickey Mouse, the iconic figure of his

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Jack Delano’s Color Photos of Chicago’s Rail Yards in the 1940s

I wanted to share this article I found from The Atlantic, which contains a collection of 21 high resolution color photographs taken by Jack Delano (1914 – 1997), a photographer who traveled through America’s countryside in the early 1940s, hoping

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Robert Morgenthau Donates Great-Grandfather’s Diary to Jewish Archive

    As a person of Jewish heritage, I found this particular story very interesting because of how similar the story of Robert Morgenthau’s ( former District Attorney for NYC) ancestral history has been to mine. My great-grandparents also emigrated

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Posted in Archives, Books, Knowledge and Truth, Libraries, Preservation, Uncategorized

Podcast Preservation

Podcasts have become increasingly popular in the past few yers, specifically with the younger generations. Being fairly recent born-digital entities the effects of digital decay have not yet set in, but of course is inevitable. They are not collected by

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Hope for the Future of Endangered Languages

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/ In the UK, a startup named Tribalingual is working to prevent the loss of endangered languages and their respective cultures. Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens knows that many languages are lost when native speakers are forced to integrate into foreign

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Posted in Knowledge Structures

“Nation Building Through Information Sharing”: Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

On September 10, 2017, the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) announced that its founder, Nancy Dupree, died at 89 years old. Dupree, an American who spent many years in Afghanistan, collected photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, magazines, and other documents

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Congress Pushes for Document Preservation Regarding Recent Muslim Ban

Following Trump’s executive order restricting travel for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has instructed personnel to preserve all documents concerning order.

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