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Data Artifacts of the Arnold Arboretum

Last week, I attended the two-day symposium Thinking with Your Eyes: Visualizing the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences along with metaLAB graduate student researcher Krystelle Denis. We presented a lightning talk (just five minutes long) and an animated poster to illustrate our work in progress on a segment of the Data Artifacts research initiative. The broader […]

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Matter matters

metaLAB is happy to announce that Zeega has been selected to join the first cohort of startups in Matter, a new San Francisco-based accelerator for mission-driven companies committed to changing media and supporting media entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society. Matter will allow the Zeega development team including metaLAB’s own Jesse Shapins, […]

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Library Hacking with the DPLA: Megacollections, Visual Search, and the Ecology of Metadata

Last week, Matthew Battles and I joined a group of literary hackers, digital humanists, media designers, and veteran librarians at the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) appfest on the sprawling top floor of Chattanooga’s brutalist-era public library. We wrangled with library metadata all day, seeking new modes of engagement with unwieldy media collections integrated […]

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Summer moves

The summer is upon us and metaLAB is looking forward to a number of important initiatives that will be launched during its course. Several new collaborators will be joining the core team both for the long term and the short. We are planning a couple of open_lab events. Perhaps a hackathon like the networked thermal […]

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Debuting the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters

The project jumbles the conventional division of scholarly labor in which something happens, and then people comment on the something that happens, and then other people collect those comments and put them in a library, and then archivists catalog them. This raises the question: “What does ethnography mean in a digital, virtual world like this?“ […]

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Truth-hacking, fact-checking, and Lies with Friends

[F]act-checking websites have not extinguished misinformation and have become themselves political weapons. Even Kathleen Hall Jamieson, founder of FactCheck.org, has argued fact-checking may perpetuate lies by restating them…. On Tuesday morning, Jamieson helped frame the conversation: “What is truth? That is an irrelevant question!” she said. “We’re trying to ensure fidelity to the knowable. That […]

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Visualizing global art

MetaLAB cofounder Robert Gerard Pietrusko has collaborated with Stewart Smith and Bernd Lintermann in a piece called trans_actions: The Accelerated Art World 1989–2011, which explores the impact of the worldwide explosion of art biennials through immersive, panoramic visualizations of data on the global art market and the migration of art, artists, and their audiences. The […]

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Cooking up some dishes in the Library Test Kitchen

Bibliotheca II, alias “son of Bibliotheca” (last semester’s seminar/studio jointly run by Jeffrey Schnapp and John Palfrey), has now been launched with the help of Ann Whiteside (chief librarian at the Loeb Design Library), Jeff Goldenson (Law Library Innovation Lab), and Ben Brady (GSD). Otherwise known as The Library Test Kitchen or the “library rapid […]

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Low-signal utopia: Wayne Marshall remixes Boston’s pirate radio

Here’s Wayne Marshall at Cluster magazine on the veiled tapestry of pirate radio in Boston: Irish jigs and avant jazz, MOR rock fragments and bachata loops, Rick Ross grunts, reports of accidents in Ecuador and raids on Santeria barbershops, Boston-accented Wall Street numerology, a Brazilian-accented “Boston,” Junior Rodigan’s sui generis Iranian-Londonian-Jamaican-Bostonian brogue, an inevitable (and […]

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extraMUROS is a finalist in DPLA beta sprint

We are very pleased to announce that extraMUROS has been selected as one of the six finalists in the Digital Public Library of America beta sprint competition. metaLAB is in excellent company: our friends at ShelfLife/Library Cloud are in the mix alongside the National Archives, MINT, UIL-Urbana, the University of Minnesota and the Hathi Trust. […]

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