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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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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 …

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New Audio Digitization Performance Testing Guidelines and Software from FADGI

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

The following is a guest post by Kate Murray, organizer of the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group and Digital Projects Coordinator at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative is pleased to announce the release of ADCTest, an open source software application designed to facilitate performance testing of analog-to-digital converters (ADC) used in …

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January Innovator-in-Residence Update: Experiments with Jer Thorp

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

We’ve been delighted to have Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence Jer Thorp with us since October. During the first three months of his residency he has connected with staff, visited collections, and explored forms of data to make better sense the inner workings of the Library. Jer has been weaving together those threads with experiments and …

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From Code to Colors: Working with the loc.gov JSON API

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

The following is a guest post by Laura Wrubel, software development librarian with George Washington University Libraries, who has joined the Library of Congress Labs team during her research leave. The Library of Congress website has an API ( “application programming interface”) which delivers the content for each web page. What’s kind of exciting is …

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Announcing Judging Panel for the Congressional Data Challenge

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

Today we’re announcing the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge: a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. The four-person panel, composed of experts in data visualization, application development, …

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The Time and Place for PDF: An Interview with Duff Johnson of the PDF Association

Posted by: Meghan Ferriter

The following is a guest post by Kate Murray, Digital Projects Coordinator at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is both a producer and collector of PDFs and has recently joined the PDF Association as a Partner Organization. At the upcoming PDF Day organized by the PDF Association, the Library of Congress will …