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Sprinting toward a Lab: defining, connecting and writing a book in five days

Posted by: Abbey Potter

A lab is where experimental and research-focused tools, methods, and services are incubated. The starting premise for a lab is often wanting to spur change and make space for new practice and new people. Yet calling something a lab can also signal separation between traditional services and new approaches. Labs, and innovation in general, can …

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In the Library’s Web Archives: Dig If You Will the Pictures

Posted by: Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez

The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. This is another step to explore the Web Archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, “real world” …

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Launching the Digital Collections Management Compendium

Posted by: Jesse Johnston

Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in the Digital Content Management section have been working with experts from across many divisions of the Library of Congress to collate and assemble guidance and policy that guide or reflect the practices that the Library uses to manage digital collections. I am excited to share …

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Announcing International Collaborations on Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The following is an announcement from funding and cultural organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom about a new collaboration supporting digital scholarship.  The Library of Congress Labs team is co-hosting a workshop to kick-off international collaborations around digital scholarship. Partners in the UK and the US are coming together to collaborate on the …

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Acquiring Open Access Children’s Books

Posted by: Jesse Johnston

This is a guest post by Kristy Darby, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section in Library Services. The Library of Congress’ Digital Collecting Plan, finalized in 2017, proposes to “Develop and implement an acquisitions program for openly available content.” To support this goal, the Library’s Digital Content Management section has been …

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Appraisal of the Library of Congress Commissioned Composers Web Archive

Posted by: Trevor Owens

A key part of the Library of Congress Music Division is commissioning works from composers. This work has resulted in the development and performance of a wide range of significant works. Valuable documentation of the creators supported through these commissions increasingly appears as part of websites which are often ephemeral. Recognizing the value and ephemerality …

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In the Library’s Web Archives: Totally Tabular Data

Posted by: Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez

The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. This is another step to explore the Web Archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, “real world” content in the Library’s …

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Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

This is a guest post by Matt Miller, a Linked Data Applications Technical Specialist in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office in Library Services. Wikidata is described as “a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines.” Very similar to its wider known sibling Wikipedia, Wikidata …