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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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Coming soon: A token taxonomy to define the world of blockchain

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), which describes itself as “a member-driven standards organization whose charter is to develop open, blockchain specifications that drive harmonization and interoperability for businesses and consumers worldwide” has announced they are working with Microsoft and many

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Dwarsliggers – the future for the book?

Dwarsliggers. Dwarsliggers. Dwaaaarrrsliggers. Pretty fun to say, right? Even more fun – it’s the Dutch word for a special print of pocket-size books. These tiny books are the size of a cellphone and flip horizontally, with pages “as thin as

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It’s an Ad World

Facebook Expands Ad Archive to All Ads and Pages Last October, in the midst and fallout of understanding the full scope of Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, they launched a political ad archive. Their goal was to provide more

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Blockchain and Resource Descpription & Access

While reading about RDA (Resource Description and Access), a few of the outlines struck me as having similar properties to blockchain. The move to RDA has a few keys goals that include creating metadata that is accessible in a linked

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Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?

In an effort to improve transparency and bolster the amount of data publicly available, US cities are releasing it in droves, allowing for entities in multiple areas to transmute that data into various innovations. From air quality to road conditions

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The Opportunities (and Consequences) of Emotionally Intelligent Technology

As illuminated in the opening of Kate Crawford’s article for The New York Times, there is a fear that technology/machines will surpass human intelligence. Computers are already smart enough to solve complex equations faster than the blink of an eye

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Controlled Digital Lending Concept Gains Ground

As described in this article from Library Journal, copyright experts have started to build a framework for Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). For a library setting, the concept of using CDL is fairly simple. If the library owns a physical copy

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The Free Music Archive is closing down this month

The WFMU project hosted music that was meant to be freely shared Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Free Music Archive was founded in 2009, the same year Barack Obama was inaugurated as this country’s first black president. As a

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