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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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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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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

University of Rhode Island Opens AI Lab in Library

I thought this would be an interesting article to discuss, as the last one I found was reminiscent of the bias in AI issue (as discussed in INFO 653-02). This story, from Library Journal, provides a much more positive view

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Facebook Accused of Allowing Bias Against Women in Job Ads

This recent article in The New York Times caught my eye, as it made me think of the assigned article regarding bias in AI that we read during one of the first weeks of class (INFO 653-02). The story talks about

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The Online Sound Archive Preserving “Endangered” Sounds

Fast Company recently published an article on “Conserve the Sound,” (stylized »Conserve the sound«) which is an online sound archive. The work of this German project is focused on “endangered” sounds. As someone who has always been interested in sound

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Google AMP: New Governance Model

In 2016, Google invented and published Accelerate Mobile Page (AMP), an open-source website publishing technology to improve the performance of web content on mobile devices. According to Google, if people cannot access the website immediately, they tend to close the window.

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WHEN IN NATURE, GOOGLE LENS DOES WHAT THE HUMAN BRAIN CAN’T

WHEN IN NATURE, GOOGLE LENS DOES WHAT THE HUMAN BRAIN CAN’T AI-POWERED VISUAL SEARCH tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point

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Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican Secret Archives (VSA) collections occupy 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries. The VSA is so inaccessible to scholars, few pages have been scanned and made available online and even fewer pages have been

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