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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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When Data Becomes Information: Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey has finally begun its denouement in Texas and the massive cleanup effort begins, news outlets are reporting on several ingenious social media search-and-rescue tools.  I’ll highlight two examples here, both of which show the power of turning

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Doomsday Vault for Data

Tucked away on the remote Norwegian archipelago Svalbard exists the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aka the “Doomsday Vault,” which houses the world’s most important crop seeds. Up until recently the vault was in relative isolation among its arctic surroundings, but

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Learning to Think Like a Computer

Advocates of “computational thinking” are working to give everyone, especially college students but sometimes even children, the opportunity to learn how to code as a basic life skill. “Learning to Think Like a Computer,” an article in this Sunday’s New

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Innovation & Design @ Sony Square, NYC

Last week, I was waiting for one of my dearest friends, Katie, to get off from her job at Sony.  The Sony headquarters is in a beautiful building facing Madison Square Park and has an exhibition space on the ground

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The National Archives (UK) Invests in the Future of Digital Records

For this article, the author, Rebecca Hill, reports on the National Archives in the United Kingdom investing in making their holdings more digital over the next two years.  This plan, “Archives Unlocked” is an effort “to drive innovation and digital

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Librarians as Patron Advocates in the “Privacy Paradox”

The NPR post entitled “Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now” while promoting an upcoming podcast, brings up some increasingly pressing consumer privacy concerns as companies develop technologies which collect and sell user information. Librarians are

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by Hugh McLeod

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