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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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Solving Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt was an artist active in the 60’s and 70’s. His work comprised mostly of mathematical wall drawings made of geometric shapes. However, The drawings themselves are not what is considered “the art”. The Sol Lewitt Foundation now handles

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Google Translate and the Complexity of Language

One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest. I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had lived in Denmark. As for his

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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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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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