Tag Archives: Digital Libraries

Smithsonian offers an e-book to detail its digitization efforts

“The Smithsonian Institution released a free 77-page e-book Tuesday concerning one of the institution’s top priorities: digitizing 14 million objects in its massive collections. In “Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age,” G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian, writes that digitization, or the process of translating images and data into digital formats, is necessary for the Smithsonian to maintain its national and international footprint.” (via Washington Post)

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Launching the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection

“Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free on a computer, tablet or phone.The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has rescued fossils from dusty drawers and made them available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts to enjoy at their leisure.” (via Jisc)

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Tout Voltaire now available

“The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the ARTFL Project, has announced the public release of the TOUT VOLTAIRE online resource. Tout Voltaire  brings you in fully searchable form all of Voltaire’s works apart from his correspondence. This plain-text version (without critical apparatus or notes) is the most reliable version available anywhere on the web.” (via UGA Libraries)

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Combining The Nation’s Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

“Buried in the archives of America’s public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past. Many libraries are trying to make it easier to find that material by putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it may still require a research degree in Web searching to find anything. This spring, a program launched that aims to put all that great stuff in one place: the Digital Public Library of America.” (via NPR)

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Search & Variety arrive at the Media History Digital Library

“We are very happy to announce the launch of Lantern, the MHDL’s search platform, and the availability of the first 20 years of Variety (Dec. 1905- Feb. 1926; post-production on the next 20 years is underway).” (via Media History Digital Library)

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BT digital archives to celebrate UK’s telecoms heritage

“A £1 million project to digitise BT’s historical collection of photos and documents has brought 165 years of UK telecoms heritage to the public’s fingertips today, with the launch of an interactive online archive. BT has teamed up with Coventry University and The National Archives to create a searchable digital resource of almost half a million photographs, reports and items of correspondence preserved by BT since 1846. The project has been funded by Jisc, which provides digital services for UK education and research.” (via Jisc)

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Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

“Between the high cost of buying and shipping books and the decreasing expense of buying mobile devices and services, connecting students in the developing world to badly needed educational texts and visuals is becoming more realistic, in some cases, as a digital endeavor. But there’s no clear evidence that just handing out classroom sets of low-cost tablets and laptops—such as those manufactured through the One Laptop Per Child campaign— will bring substantial educational change. And that’s where Library for All hopes to step in.” (via MindShift)

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Library and Archives Canada will face enormous challenge in digitizing collection, report says

“It is much harder and more expensive to digitize a national archive than those undertaking the task usually realize, a consultant warned Library and Archives Canada earlier this year. Éric Méchoulan of the Université de Montréal, hired on a $15,000 contract to advise LAC on issues involving digitization of its collection, produced a report in January outlining the three main challenges it faces:” (via Ottawa Citizen)

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Inspiring research, inspiring scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment

“A new report released by King’s Digital Consultancy Service, written by Simon Tanner.   The research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources. This document draws evidence from a wide number of sources and seeks to provide a compelling account of the advantages of digitised content. (via IFLA)

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Europeana digital library project recalls fall of Iron Curtain

“Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, has launched a new project titled ‘Europeana 1989′. People across Europe are invited to share their experiences, stories and memorabilia from the time of the fall of the Iron Curtain in a digital archive.

This release will also be available in the languages of the former Communist states. The project started in Poland last week with a public debate and a collection day. Europeana 1989 will continue with collection days in Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary.” (via Research Information)

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