Category Library 2.0

Michigan and Pennsylvania Relief Association. Ladies ministering to the wounded and sick soldiers.

Civil War Data 150: Unfinished Dreams

Civil War Data 150 headed by Jon Voss, initially began as a partnership between The Archives of Michigan, The Internet Archive and Freebase. Later, the project added two additional partners: The University of Richmond and HistoryPin – Voss’s newest project. Civil War Data 150 (CWD150) was created to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil […]

Library of Congress Linked Data Services: Minting Authoritative URIs

As part of an initiative to drive American libraries and scholarly institutions towards sharing data more openly, the Library of Congress has embarked on a Bibliographic Framework Plan. This plan will encourage libraries as well as the Library of Congress itself to slowly transition from MARC records towards RDA and Linked Open Data. Since 2009, […]

The Infinite Jukebox

The Infinite Jukebox is the result of feeding a song into The Echo Nest (a music data service) where it is decomposed into individual beats. Paul Lamere then created an algorithm to analyze each beat and match it to other similar beats in the song. Lamere explains the use of this data by stating that […]

On E-readers … grumble, grumble.

It seems like the final horcrux might just end up being the E-reader. So many of my conversations both inside and outside of the classroom over the past month-and-a-half have related to E-readers either directly or indirectly. In my Information Professions course we’ve been lucky enough to have some really outstanding speakers come and lead our class […]

Mashups in the library

During my undergraduate I wrote my first ever term paper on mashups of the musical variety (take for example Danger Mouse’s famous ‘Grey Album,’ a mashup of Jay-Z’s ‘Black Album’ and The Beatles’ ‘White Album’). My paper dealt primarily with copyright law, and the line between infringement and fair use – slippery waters to say the […]