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Blog Archive for the ‘Archives’ Category

Time-Binding and The Music History Survey

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on September 8th, 02020

Musicologist Phil Ford, co-host of the Weird Studies podcast, makes an eloquent argument for the preservation of the “Chants to Minimalism” Western Music History survey—the standard academic curriculum for musicology students, akin to the “fish, frogs, lizards, birds” evolutionary spiral taught in bio classes—in an age of . . .   Read More

The Digital Librarian as Essential Worker

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 30th, 02020

Michelle Swanson, an Oregon-based educator and educational consultant, has written a blog post on the Internet Archive on the increased importance of digital librarians during the pandemic: With public library buildings closed due to the global pandemic, teachers, students, and lovers of books everywhere have increasingly turned to online resources for access to . . .   Read More

Neural Networking Upscales 01895 Short Film

by Alice Riddell on February 14th, 02020

An early example of moving images, Lumière Brothers’ 01895 short “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”, has been revitalized and upscaled by Youtuber Denis Shiryaev. . .   Read More

Rumsey Digital Map Collection Grows Even Larger

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on June 4th, 02019

Last year, we wrote about one of the jewels of Stanford University’s Rumsey Map Collection, Urbano Monte’s planisphere of 01587. The planisphere was an ambitious map of the world across sixty individual sheets that, were it to be stitched together as Monte’s instructions dictated, would be the largest world map made in. . .   Read More

‘Extraordinary’ 500-Year-Old Library Catalog Reveals Books Lost to Time

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 14th, 02019

Researchers in Copenhagen have discovered a catalog containing thousands of summaries of books from 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist.

Why Do Some Forms of Knowledge Go Extinct?

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 26th, 02017

The History of Art and Architecture slide library at Trinity College, Dublin. Via the Department of Ultimology.

Fiona Hallinan is an artist and researcher based at Trinity College, Dublin. She’s co-founder of a project along with curator Kate Strain called the Department of Ultimology. Ultimology is the study of that which is dead. . .   Read More

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 6th, 02017

Billy Barr was just trying to get away from it all when he went to live at the base of Gothic Mountain in the Colorado wilderness in 1973. He wound up creating an invaluable historical record of climate change. His motivation for meticulously logging the changing temperatures, snow levels, weather, and wildlife sightings? Simple boredom. . .   Read More

The Nuclear Bunker Preserving Movie History

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on June 22nd, 02017

During the Cold War, this underground bunker in Culpeper, Virginia was where the government would have taken the president if a nuclear war broke out. Now, the Library of Congress is using it to preserve all manner of films, from Casablanca to Harry Potter. The oldest films were made on nitrate, a fragile and highly. . .   Read More

How Can We Create a Manual For Civilization?

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on June 7th, 02017

“WHAT BOOKS would you want to restart civilization from scratch?”

The Long Now Foundation has been involved in and inspired by projects centered on that question since launching in 01996. (See, for example, The Rosetta Project, Westinghouse Time Capsules, The Human Document Project, The Survivor Library, The Toaster Project, The Crypt of Civilization, and the. . .   Read More

Getting Wiktionary into PanLex

by David Kamholz on December 4th, 02015

If we want to achieve the miracle of translation from any language into any other language, it would be enormously helpful to have a machine that can translate any word, or word-like phrase, from any language into any other language. The PanLex project aims to build exactly that machine. It is documenting all known. . .   Read More

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