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A Library Matter of Genocide

Important instance of cataloging in the patriarchy.

The Decolonized Librarian

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg (CMHR) — the first national museum located outside of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa — has been fraught with controversy since its inception, largely over accusations regarding its unequal and imbalanced treatment of genocides. Its official view as a crown corporation is that it only names those genocides recognized by the government of Canada: the Holocaust, Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Armenian genocide of 1915 (over Turkish objections) and the Holodomor in Ukraine. On the matter of the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada, however, the Museum is more circumspect, only acknowledging in a display on residential schools that  “many people argue” they were a “form” of genocide. As a result, Indigenous groups spoke out against the Museum during its development, and protested it when it opened.

Yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press reveals that this stance on the part of the Museum may have in…

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Your Brain, the Internet and the Universe Have Something Fascinating in Common

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment


“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from,” says Carl Sagan at one point during his epic cosmology-narrating documentary, Cosmos. “We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

I remember reading that second-t0-last sentence somewhere as a kid before I’d even seen the show in the 1980s. “Star-stuff,” an economic, deeply poetic way of driving such an elegant point home. It was mind-blowing to me at the time, back in grade school, just beginning to wrap my head around how scientists thought the puzzle pieces fit together.

But what if it turned out that what we’ve become over the course of evolutionary eons is about more than just the elemental stuff that stars and planets and nebulae are made of? What if the very structure…

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“Is the semantic web still a thing?”

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Bibliographic Wilderness

A post on Hacker News asks:

A few years ago, it seemed as if everyone was talking about the semantic web as the next big thing. What happened? Are there still startups working in that space? Are people still interested?

Note that “linked data” is basically talking about the same technologies as “semantic web”, it’s sort of the new branding for “semantic web”, with some minor changes in focus.

The top-rated comment in the discussion says, in part:

A bit of background, I’ve been working in environments next to, and sometimes with, large scale Semantic Graph projects for much of my career — I usually try to avoid working near a semantic graph program due to my long histories of poor outcomes with them.

I’ve seen uncountably large chunks of money put into KM projects that go absolutely nowhere and I’ve come to understand and appreciate many of the foundational…

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January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m currently working on an independent study with Anna Nash at the Ann Lennartz Memorial Library at the Audubon Center in Seward Park. I’m going to be focusing most of my information-related blogging on a project blog (, so excuse the lack of presence on this one.

The Boston Public Library

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A Venn Diagram Like You Haven’t Seen

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

I found this amazing 7-part Venn Diagram over at Information is Beautiful. The original, interactive version, by can be found by way of its creator, Santiago Ortiz.

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Audio: InfoCamp 2012 Keynote – Marcellus Turner

October 14, 2012 Leave a comment

SPL’s City Librarian Marcellus Turner was the keynote speaker today at the second InfoCamp I’ve attended in Seattle. You can listen to the inspiring speech via MP3. I think it’s clear he wowed the LIS and UX folks alike.

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