If you've ever wondered why we think of magic as involving lots of cryptic circular diagrams with geometric shapes and Latin written inside them, here's the source. Cambridge University Library MS Add. 3544 has loads of glorious diagrams for drawing on the floor in chalk (or...other substances). Art lovers rejoice! The original source material for drawings that have influenced everything from the Thoth tarot deck to My Little Pony is now readily accessible.
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 3544, catalogued as 'A Book of Magic', has recently appeared in print for the first time (in the original Latin and Middle English with an accompanying translation) as The Cambridge Book of Magic: a Tudor necromancer's manual (Cambridge: Texts in Early Modern ...
A first draft of the tree of life for all 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes has been released. Thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches, but this is the first time those results have been combined into a single tree. The end result is a digital resource that is available online for anyone to use or edit, much like a 'Wikipedia' for evolutionary relationships.
Many content quality problems are not the result of weak process. They aren't mistakes and oversights. They are consciously created, driven by wrong-headed thinking about content. And this happens because audiences are not explicitly included in the content creation process: their interests are presumed. My thoughts on shifting the mindset toward a more audience-centric way of thinking about content creation.
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Wrote a book on Digital Asset Management. Led the team that developed the online DAM Foundation certificate course. DragonCon Eternal Pass holder and ranked Catan player.
MS, Archives Management, 2000 - 2012
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