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Annual Protest to ‘Fight Krebs

In 2018, KrebsOnSecurity unmasked the creators of Coinhive — a now-defunct cryptocurrency mining service that was being massively abused by cybercriminals — as the administrators of a popular German language image-hosting forum. In protest of that story, forum members donated hundreds of thousands of euros to nonprofits that combat cancer (Krebs means “cancer” in German). […]

Major progress on AV media acc1

TL;DR: The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) and the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) have together reached a major milestone with over half a petabyte of preserved AV media content accessioned in the repository. This summer, SMPL expects to complete working through the backlog of digital audio and video files accumulated over the past decade.  The […]

Russians Shut Down Huge Card F1

Federal investigators in Russia have charged at least 25 people accused of operating a sprawling international credit card theft ring. Cybersecurity experts say the raid included the charging of a major carding kingpin thought to be tied to dozens of carding shops and to some of the bigger data breaches targeting western retailers over the […]

US Government Sites Give Bad S1

Many U.S. government Web sites now carry a message prominently at the top of their home pages meant to help visitors better distinguish between official U.S. government properties and phishing pages. Unfortunately, part of that message is misleading and may help perpetuate a popular misunderstanding about Web site security and trust that phishers have been […]

More Open eBooks: Routinizing 1

This is a guest post by Kristy Darby, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section in Library Services. Figure 1. Youjeong Oh’s Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place, one of the open access books available from the Library of Congress collections. We are excited to share that anyone […]

Discovery and discoverability 1

New features available for Spotlight at Stanford In early March 2020, an engineering team from Digital Library Systems and Services concluded a 2-month work cycle to make significant improvements to Spotlight at Stanford, our platform that supports digital showcases for research and teaching — also known as “exhibits.” As requested and highly prioritized by Stanford […]

PDF is Here to Stay: Archiving1

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray (Digital Projects Coordinator, Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Library of Congress), Duff Johnson (Executive Director, PDF Association / ISO Project Leader, ISO 32000), and Kevin De Vorsey (Senior Electronic Records Policy Analyst, Records Management Policy and Standards, National Archives and Records Administration). PDF in the Federal Archiving […]

How Your Patrons Can Recycle T1

Editor’s Note: At TechSoup for Libraries we love to cover how to recycle everything we can. In our December 2019 Newsbytes, we mentioned Earth’s great piece on How to Recycle Books and Magazines, including a handy Recycling Locator for listings of places that recycle books near you. This time we offer a resource list […]

New Collaboration between LC L1

New Collaboration between LC Labs, British Library, and the Zooniverse

We’re excited to share this news: the LC Labs team will collaborate with the British Library and the Zooniverse on an Arts & Humanities Research Council UK-US Partnership Development Grant. The project is titled “From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions,” resulting from […]

LC Labs Letter: February 2020

LC Labs Letter: February 2020

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Apply to be the next Innovator in Residence! The Library of Congress Innovator in Residence program is a competitive residency for outside researchers or practitioners to creatively use the Library’s digital collections. The first Innovator was data artist Jer Thorp and […]

The Magnificent Seven: Looking1

It has been just over a year since we kicked off a deep dive into the Library of Congress Web Archives on the Signal! Now at over 2 petabytes, the web archives are a complex aggregation of interrelated web objects that make up the internet as we know it (images, text, code, audio, video, etc.). […]

Machine Learning + Libraries S1

Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary now live!

On Friday, September 20, 2019, the Library of Congress hosted the Machine Learning + Libraries Summit. This one-day conference convened 75 cultural heritage professionals (roughly 50 from outside the Library of Congress and 25 staff from within) to discuss the on-the-ground applications of machine learning technologies in libraries, museums, and universities. Hosting this conference was […]

Authenticity Project wrap-up: 1

This is my third guest blog post for Stanford Libraries’ Digital Library Blog at the invitation of Cathy Aster, a Product and Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) at Stanford University, who was my assigned Conversation Partner in the inaugural 2019 cohort of the Authenticity Project organized by CLIR/DLF and the HBCU […]

A map of the most spoken langu1

I saw this post on BoingBoing earlier today: A fascinating map of the most spoken languages in every US state besides English and Spanish and wondered what an equivalent map for Canada might look like. So I made one. Data was pulled from the 2016 Canadian Census, looking at the variable “Language spoken most often […]

Computing Cultural Heritage in1

This is a guest post from LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist Laurie Allen. This is the second post in a series where we are sharing experiences from the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud. The series began with an introductory post.  Learn about the grant on the experiments page, and see the […]