Researchers reveal inconsistent borders in online maps

Google and Bing maps of some coun­tries show users dif­ferent bor­ders based on where the users live. It’s how gov­ern­ments claim sov­er­eignty over dis­puted bor­ders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have devel­oped a com­put­er­ized system to reveal the manip­u­la­tions: It crawls online maps con­tin­u­ously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.

Libraries swapping stacks for bytes

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated the work of the newly cre­ated Dig­ital Public Library of America with a day­long series of work­shops focused on the future of the online repository.