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Voices of Science: The lives of British scientists recorded in full for the first time in a new British Library oral history archive

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.” (via British Library)

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British Library maps are the inspiration for a winning videogame concept

“A team of students have won a prestigious competition after using videogame technology to turn historic maps and engravings from the British Library into a stunning 3D environment. Pudding Lane Productions, a team of six second-year students from De Montfort University, Leicester, scooped first prize in the Off the Map challenge – a nationwide initiative sponsored by game developer Crytek and run in conjunction with the British Library and GameCity. Their success was announced during a special event to showcase the best of the Off the Map entries as part of GameCity8, the annual festival of videogame culture currently being held in Nottingham (October 19 to October 26).” (British Library)

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The nation is captured in conversation as over 350 recordings from The Listening Project are made available online by the British Library

“Over 350 intimate conversations recorded by people across the UK have become part of history this week, as they are made available in full for the first time on the British Library’s Sounds website. Conversations detailing people’s thoughts and experiences of everything from race and ethnicity, to the Iraq War, adoption and even plastic surgery, offer a unique picture of lives today which will be preserved indefinitely for future generations.

These 301 hours of dialogue are the product of The Listening Project, an ambitious partnership between the British Library, BBC Radio 4 and BBC local and national radio stations which launched last year. The Listening Project, which launches its fourth series today, asks people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation on a subject of their choice. Extracts from the conversations are then broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (and on BBClocal and national radio) and the full recordings are archived as part of the British Library’s Oral History collections, and from today, are made available on the British Library’s Sounds website for researchers around the world.” (viaBritish Library.)

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British Library to partner with National Library of Singapore to digitise Malay manuscripts

“Today (19 August) at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 meeting, Roly Keating the British Library’s Chief Executive signed an agreement with Mrs Elaine Ng the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to put an extensive range of materials of interest to Singapore online. The project will digitise the British Library’s collection of Malay manuscripts, together with early maps of Singapore and archival material relating to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles – the British official responsible for the founding of the city of Singapore.” (via British Library)

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CRL and British Library To Digitize Foreign News

“The British Library and the Center for Research Libraries have formed a path-breaking partnership to digitize and make accessible historical news content from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America of interest to scholars at UK and North American universities. This partnership will dramatically expand and enrich the digitized collections in the World Newspaper Archive, an initiative by North American research libraries and Readex (a division of NewsBank) to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe.” (via Center for Research Libraries)

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British Library acquires W.H. Auden’s previously ‘lost’ journal

“The British Library has acquired one of just three journals kept by W H Auden. The journal, which provides a fascinating juxtaposition of personal and political preoccupations, gives an intimate insight into Auden during one of the most important periods in his life. Used by the celebrated poet between August and November 1939, the unpublished journal has been in private hands since Auden’s death in 1973 until last month when it was unearthed and put up for auction by Christie’s.” (via British Library)

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Path breaking partnership helps national library preserve thousands of e-journals for future generations

“The British Library and digital preservation specialist Portico announced today that they will be working together to ensure that thousands of electronic journal titles will be collected, preserved and made available to current and future generations of researchers. The partnership will help the British Library—along with five other legal deposit libraries—to meet regulations that recently became law in the United Kingdom and that extend the practice of legal deposit from traditional print publications to non-print publications such as e-journals, blogs and websites in the UK web domain.” via British Library)

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Book containing 1000 beautiful paintings from the Song Dynasty period is donated to the British library by Zhejiang University

“The British Library’s Asian and African department is home to a vast collection of Chinese artefacts, books and manuscripts. These include the oldest items in the Library, the oracle bones – some 3500 years old, 18th century Chinese books from Sir Hans Sloane’s own collections, and the Diamond Sutra – the earliest printed ‘book’ in the world, dated AD 868.” (via British Library)

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BRITISH LIBRARY SETS OUT TO ARCHIVE THE WEB

“Capturing the unruly, ever-changing Internet is like trying to pin down a raging river. But the British Library is going to try. For centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain. Now it will also record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog, in a bid to preserve the nation’s “digital memory.” (via The Associated Press)

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The British Library and Qatar Foundation unveil project to digitise half a million pages of archive material

“The British Library and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) have unveiled an ambitious partnership to transform people’s understanding of the history of the Middle East, and the region’s relationship with Britain and the rest of the world. The £8.7 million project was announced this morning at the British Library’s flagship building in St Pancras, London. Its plans will digitise more than 500,000 pages from the archives of the East India Company and India Office, in addition to 25,000 pages of medieval Arabic manuscripts – all of which will be made freely available online for the first time.”British Library

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