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Blueprints and Happenings

Coming up on Tuesday, May 10, 5–8 pm: Talk + Exhibition event celebrating the publication of BLUEPRINT FOR COUNTER EDUCATION EXPANDED EDITION (Inventory Press — DAP) CRC/bookshop, Level 3 Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts Harvard University 24 Quincy Street … Continue reading

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Object, museum, and machine

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Homeless Paintings: crowdsourcing the diaspora of Italian renaissance art

Amidst the archives that Bernard Berenson bequeathed to Harvard University at his Villa I Tatti in Florence is a collection of 17,000 photographs of Renaissance Italian paintings classified as “homeless”: works that were documented by a photograph but whose location … Continue reading

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Arbonauts: of trees, data, and teens

For over a year, metaLAB has been working with the scientific and curatorial staff of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum to explore new digital lives for the institution—not only a much loved public park, but a collection of rare plants, a research … Continue reading

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Data Artifacts Rising: Cultures of Collecting from Preservation to Participation

The Internet inspires libraries, archives, museums, and arboreta to make their collections “open,” “participatory,” and “democratic.” This cluster of intellectual values, emergent in networked cultures, is taking hold at institutions that carry long legacies of prior norms: preservation, expertise, comprehensiveness, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Library Observatory: an open, community facility for exploring library collections and services

In connection with our emerging Data Artifacts initiative to understand the impacts of data in networked experience, we’re eager to explore some of the most culturally-determined troves of information our society produces: the bibliographic datasets that comprise library online public … Continue reading

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openLAB_Summer August 9, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for a night showcasing metaLAB’s summer projects and propositions, experiments and explorations. Featuring: + Digital Ecologies + Feral Copyright + Library Observatory + Paper Machines openLAB is a platform for experimentation and … Continue reading

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Paper Machines

I have had the good fortune to work at metaLAB this summer on an open-source tool for text analysis and visualization in the digital humanities. This effort, funded through the Google Summer of Code, is taking place under the tutelage … Continue reading

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Point Cloud: networked weather, rematerialized

Have a look at the enigmatic Point Cloud, described by its creator James Leng as “an attempt to reimagine our daily interaction with weather data.” Leng, who was a student in the metaLAB-affiliated GSD course Mixed-Reality City this past Spring, … Continue reading

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