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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

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“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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Vid: Barbara Taranto on Crowd Sourcing Metadata

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

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Google Street View – Touring the Amazon

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment
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Bendable Ebooks?!

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Bendable Ebooks?!

Bendable eBooks? 6-inch Electronic Paper Display Production Underway

Posted on March 30, 2012 by 

 

From Phys.org:

LG Display has set the production clock ticking for a plastic EPD (electronic paper display) product which in turn is expected to set e-book marketability fast-forward. In an announcement Thursday, Korea-based LG Display, which manufactures thin film transistor liquid crystal display, said it has already started up mass production of EPD for e-books. That leaves little guesswork as to the form factor and no suspicions that LG Display might instead be sending out vapor about a futuristic project that is still in R&D.
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The company maintains that this will help “greatly popularize” the e-book market,” in the words of Sang Duck Yeo, who heads operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division. The panel features an XGA 1024 by 768-pixel resolution. LG assures that the new screen offers a paper-compatible reading experience. The company says that “As EPD gets thinner, lighter, and more durable with the introduction of plastic EPD, e-books will be able to offer certain unique benefits compared to smart devices and tablets, including reduced eye fatigue and more efficient electricity consumption in addition to lower prices.

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R. David Lankes – Expecting More

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

R. David Lankes – Expecting More

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