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Why Experiment: Machine Learning at the Library of Congress  

Posted by: Laurie Allen

Why Machine Learning? Everyone at the Library of Congress wants the materials we steward and the services we offer to be useful for as many people as possible. It’s why we do what we do! And across the Library, staff have long relied on technological innovations to enable people to use our materials to become …

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Strategic Plan 2.0: A Digitally-Infused Five-Year Plan

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

For decades, digital technologies have rewritten the playbook for government agencies, libraries, and cultural heritage organizations. The Library of Congress has investigated, implemented, and even invented new digital approaches and technical methods since the 1950s, aspiring better to serve Congress and the American people with each new technical turn. Today, technology fuels everything we do, …

A list of seven principles for adopting machine learning derived from LC Labs experimentation, reports, and user feedback.

Grounding iterative experimentation with LC Labs: CCHC and Machine Learning

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

Across the last five years, LC Labs experiments have integrated sundry perspectives and disciplines to connect people, practice, and history; from making collections more legible and discoverable through volunteer crowdsourcing efforts with Beyond Words and By the People, to developing frameworks for ethically engaging people when adopting machine learning with Humans in the Loop, to …

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Newspaper Navigator Search Application Now Live!

Posted by: Eileen J. Manchester

On September 15, 2020, the Library of Congress announced the release of Newspaper Navigator, an experimental web application which makes 1.5 million photographs from the dataset from Chronicling America available to the public to explore for the first time. Read more about the design and features of the project below or jump straight to the newly launched application at //news-navigator.labs.loc.gov/search !

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Innovator Ben Lee and LC Labs Host “Data Jam” with 100 Million Historic Newspaper Images

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

A gallery of historic moustaches, a wall of 12,000 photos, a collage of First World War-era “damn the Kaiser” cartoons, and more were on display May 7, when 135 people attended a virtual “data jam” to dig into a massive new collection of historic newspaper images.  LC Labs hosted the event to showcase Library of …