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Inside, Inside Baseball: A Look at the Construction of the Dataset Featuring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress Digital Collections

Posted by: Abbey Potter

This is a guest blog post by visiting scholar archivist Julia Hickey who is on a professional development assignment from the Defense Media Activity to the Library of Congress Labs team. Julia has been helping us prepare for and build out a visualization of collection data for our Inside Baseball event. This post was also …

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Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

The following is a guest post from Library of Congress Labs Innovation Intern, Charlie Moffett. In the course of crafting data-driven narratives with digital collections, he created @govislandbot and an open-source mapping tutorial. Below he shares his processes, some of the challenges he encountered, along with the code. I started my remote internship with LC Labs …

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Building a Southern Mosaic

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

The following is a guest post from Innovation Intern Aditya Jain on his Southern Mosaic visualization. Two weeks into my LC Labs Innovation internship, I came across Rachel I. Howard’s essay Southern Mosaic on the Library of Congress website. The essay describes the story of John and Ruby Lomax, a husband and wife who made …

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IIIF at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The Library of Congress and LC Labs are delighted to co-host the 2018 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Conference with the Smithsonian Institution and the Folger Shakespeare Library. The event will be held May 21-25 in Washington, DC. In preparation for the event, we sat down with Krisztina Thatcher, a senior software developer at the …

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Teaming Up! Digital Content Management Joins the Signal

Posted by: Trevor Owens

Hello Signal Readers! It’s been a while, and I’m thrilled to be back here at The Library of Congress. Over the last eight months, I’ve been working to build up a new Digital Content Management Section (DCM), which will be supporting the amazing and talented librarians and allied professionals here by building capacity to acquire, preserve, and make …

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Control Issues: A Report of SXSW ’18

Posted by: Jaime Mears

We went to the SXSW Conference this year to reach an audience of tech developers with our session Hacking the Library of Congress. As you may expect from an emerging technology conference, sessions on virtual reality (VR) (48 sessions) and blockchain (29 sessions) dominated the week.  At the Virtual Cinema, attendees demoed a variety of VR …

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Welcoming Charlie Moffett and crafting interactive, location-based narratives on the web at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

In January, the LC Labs team welcomed Charlie Moffett as he kicked off his innovation internship with the Library of Congress. He’s been exploring digital collections and geospatial data and where the two might intersect to tell stories about place and change. We checked in with him to learn more about his goals, background, and …

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Rethinking LC for Robots: From Topics to Actions

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

Have you noticed that our LC for Robots page has a new look this month? We integrated feedback from visitors, discussion, and a card sorting exercise to consolidate resources for machine-readable access to Library of Congress digital collections. We’re looking for your feedback, but first, learn more about how we approached this redesign. In September …