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With a large volume of content, it’s tempting to solely use an automated system for tagging and annotation. While today’s machine learning and rules-based platforms can achieve a reasonable level of classification, they haven’t yet approached human ability when it comes to reading more deeply into the material and applying tags that might be relevant, but not obvious. Librarians and...

"Your job was terminated!? What are you going to do?” "Maybe I'll just go into purchasing. Anyone can do that right? I buy stuff all the time.” Yes, people buy stuff all the time, but that's not the same as professional procurement. Even people who pride themselves on their product and vendor research skills and their negotiation savvy do not understand all...

Many federal agencies maintain archives of historical data that is recorded on media that is becoming – or already is – obsolete. Federal librarians are grappling with preserving media like acetate microfilm and nitrate film. Without these preservation efforts, we could lose historical data that has relevance today....

Nitrate film vaults built inside a mountain! The newest nitrate film made! Martin Scorcese’s own personal print on the big screen! The 4th Nitrate Picture Show, held May 3-6 at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, once again did not disappoint lovers and guardians of filmmaking history. Anyone interested in the historic and artistic aspects of nitrate-based cinematography should attend this...

It’s mid-May and Americans are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend for our own selfish reasons—a day off and the unofficial start of summer. More importantly, let’s remember the reason for this holiday: To honor those who died while serving our country. We can also express our appreciation for their valor and leadership....

When it comes to transferring large digital files, the common concerns are speed, security and integrity—ensuring content reaches its destination in a safe, timely fashion, its original form intact. Hollywood’s unique digital file transfer needs Large file management has become a persistent headache for many enterprises, but perhaps none of them feel the pain as acutely as commercial movie studios and other...

I have written before about the importance of using the competitive intelligence you gather for decision-making support. Today I'll focus on creating a solid competitor profile—the basic elements of a good CI report. This is information that experienced CI researchers will routinely attempt to discover and include in their reports. ...

As a central part of their core mission, libraries have a responsibility to make information and service equally available to everyone. Libraries that are operated by the US government or that receive government funding have additional requirements for making electronic and information technologies (EIT) accessible to individuals with disabilities. ...

In our recent report on common metadata standards, we examined some of the more familiar metadata schemes in current use. Most of these standards were developed for and by librarians and archivists; many of them for books and other text-based documents. ...

In law, data analytics applications are growing across all areas of practice, especially litigation and court dockets. Litigation is risky and expensive. Courts are limited resources. These two factors combined have created demand for the predictive value and time-saving efficiencies of data analytics....