Author: Meghan Ferriter

Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress

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 […]

Visualizing Chronicling America Data: 15 million pages of digitized historical newspapers

The Library of Congress celebrates an exciting milestone as Chronicling America, the online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, now includes more than 15 million pages! To mark the occasion, we are throwing a #ChronAmParty on Twitter and unveiling a set of interactive data visualizations that help reveal the variety of content available in a corpus of 15 million digitized newspaper pages.

Connections in Sound: Irish traditional music at AFC

An introduction to the project “Connections In Sound” by Patrick Egan. This post outlines progress that has been made in the project to date, data sets and descriptions of how to read these data sets. Two visualizations are provided for users to browse ongoing developments in Patrick’s work, and a number of links are provided for users to utilize the data from the research.

BagIt at the Library of Congress

The BagIt File Packaging Format celebrates its tenth anniversary and becoming an IETF 1.0 specification. This post reflects on the development of BagIt and the ways the Library supports multiple tools to help content creators, donors, and service providers package digital content in BagIt structure.

Let’s go! Explore, transcribe, and tag at crowd.loc.gov

This is a guest post from Lauren Algee, LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist. Connect with Lauren and her fellow crowd.loc.gov Community Managers Elaine Kamlley and Victoria Van Hyning via History Hub and on Twitter, as well as GitHub. What yet-unwritten stories lie within the pages of Clara Barton’s diaries, writings of Civil Rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell, or […]

New strategy! New crowd! New team!

Big news! We’ll launch a crowdsourcing program at the Library of Congress on October 24. We’re asking everyone to join us as we improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging. The program is grounded in what we’ve learned through our previous experiences with participatory projects at the Library, including image […]

Piloting Digital Scholarship with the John W. Kluge Center and LC Labs

This is a guest post from 2018 Library of Congress Labs team Junior Fellow Eileen Jakeway that discusses her work on a collaborative Digital Scholarship pilot with the John W. Kluge Center.   In her address at the 2018 Junior Fellows Program closing ceremony this August, Manuscript Division Junior Fellow Patrice Green said that she learned a […]

Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling

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 […]

Building a Southern Mosaic

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 […]