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Representing the Legacy of Paul Otlet

When we watched the Otlet documentary “The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World,” I was struck by the contrast between its tone and that of the Brainpickings blog post “The Birth of the Information Age” by Maria Popova that

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Bringing Order to Chaos? A GAO Task Force Proposes IA Principles to Inventory Federal Programs

On November 30, 2017 I viewed a webinar hosted by the Information Architecture Institute (IAI) with a team from the The Government Accountability Office, or GAO. The GAO reports to the U.S. Congress and is responsible for investigating how the

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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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what3words: or how to get a pizza delivered in Ghana

  https://what3words.com The world has a problem, how do you deliver a package, a pizza, or humanitarian aid to somewhere that does not have an address? Street address conventions differ widely throughout the world and in many places, do not

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Eurosurveillance

Eurosurveillance is not what you think. It’s common nowadays, for individuals to assume malicious intent when we hear the word ‘surveillance’, and more often than not we aren’t wrong. But Eurosurveillance isn’t interested in European peoples’ personal lives, their friends

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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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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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Most Americans – especially Millennials – say libraries can help them find reliable, trustworthy information

Americans struggle to determine what news and information sources they should trust and how to discern reliable information online. They worry that fake news is sowing confusion about current events. And many express a desire to get help. About six-in-ten

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by Hugh McLeod

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