Collections as Data Tomorrow

Tomorrow, September 27, 2016, NDI is hosting our Collections as Data symposium, which will be free and open to the public. We’re really excited about the speakers we have lined up for the day, and hope you can join is in person or through the live-streamed video.

In preparation for the event, our colleagues in Library Services put together a wonderful collection of resources to help orient researchers using Library of Congress collections as data:

Using Collections as Data?

Research Guidance Is Available!

Digitized Collections and Items from Library of Congress

LC Jefferson Building Dome

Torch of Learning. Photo by Carol Highsmith, 2007. //lccn.loc.gov/2007687186

2016-2017 Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected

Five new National Digital Stewardship Residents will be joining the Library in late September 2016. Selected from a competitive pool and representing five different library schools, the residents bring a range of skills and experience in working with digital and archival collections. The NDSR program offers recent graduates an opportunity to gain professional experience under […]

Carla Hayden: Harnessing the Power of Technology with the Resources at the Library of Congress

This is an excerpt from the inaugural speech by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress.Today, through the power of technology, thousands around the country are able to watch this ceremony live. This is the opportunity to build on the contributions of the Librarians who have come before, to realize a vision of a national library […]

Digital Collections and Data Science

Researchers, of varying technical abilities, are increasingly applying data science tools and methods to digital collections. As a result, new ways are emerging for processing and analyzing the digital collections’ raw material — the data. For example, instead of pondering one single digital item at a time – such as a news story, photo or […]

Nominations Sought for the U.S. Federal Government End of Term Web Archive

This is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, lead information technology specialist of the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Readers of The Signal may recall prior efforts to archive United States Federal Government websites during the end of presidential terms. I last wrote about this in 2012 when we were working on preserving the […]

Congress.gov Nominated for Award

FedScoop, the Washington DC government tech media company, announced that Congress.gov is one of their nominees for the 2016 FedScoop 50 awards. Features on Congress.gov (which In Custodia Legis has been posting about throughout its development) include: Ability to narrow and refine search results Ability to simultaneously search all content across all available years Bill […]

The NEH “Chronicling America” Challenge: Using Big Data to Ask Big Questions

This is a guest post by Leah Weinryb Grohsgal of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Historic newspapers offer rich histories of American life, with glimpses into politics, sports, shopping, music, food, health, science, movies and everything in between.  The National Digital Newspaper Program, a joint effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the […]

Co-Hosting a Datathon at the Library of Congress

On June 14 and 15, the Library of Congress hosted Archives Unleashed 2.0, a web archive “datathon” (otherwise known as a “hackathon,” but apparently any term with the word “hack” in it might sound a bit menacing) in which teams of researchers used a variety of analytical tools to query web-archive data sets in the hopes of discovering some intriguing insights before their 48-hour deadline […]