Posts tagged digitize
The Future of Onscreen Words
June 18, 2013 | 8:01 pm
By Tom Chatfield What does the act of typing onto billions of Internet-connected screens mean for the future of language? Note: This is a specially edited and expanded excerpt from my new book about technology and language, "Netymology". I’ve never understood those who lament the Internet as a kind of death for the English language. From photos and music to games and videos, mixed media surround us as never before. But billions upon billions of words still begin, end and inform our reactions to almost every single item on our screens. From “likes” and comments to text messages and status updates, language lurks...
The Associated Press is digitizing its corporate archives
April 10, 2013 | 8:11 pm
This is something of a big story for old-school news geeks: Two days ago, an organization known as Gale, which is part of the Kentucky-based Cengage Learning, a digital solutions provider, announced an agreement with the Associated Press to digitize [its] corporate archives, "including millions of pages of news copy (some never-before published), bureau records, correspondence, the personal papers of reporters and more," according to a release. Gale has been involved in similar large-scale partnerships in the past with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. The company is referring to its partnership with the A.P. as an event that will help "Gale get one...
Europeana digitizing contemporary art
January 31, 2011 | 11:18 am
From the press release: Today, the European Commission and the DCA consortium, comprising 25 partners from 10 EU member states and the 2 associated countries, Croatia and Iceland, have officially launched the project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) initiating a significant increase in the presence of contemporary art in Europeana, the single access point to Europe’s cultural heritage. Over 30 months 21 museums and art institutions will digitise approximately 27,000 contemporary artworks and 2,000 contextual documents, making them available through the Europeana portal. With the co-funding of the European Commission under the CIP-ICT PSP programme and the commitment of the 25 partners, the DCA...
Fotopedia Launches Heritage 2.0 in Cooperation With the UNESCO World Heritage Centre
October 27, 2010 | 9:44 am
From the Announcement: Fotonauts Inc., makers of Fotopedia.com, the first collaborative photo encyclopedia, today announced the launch of Fotopedia Heritage 2.0, a free application for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Created in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the visually stunning downloadable app provides a virtual passport to the hundreds of World Heritage sites that constitute the world’ s collective cultural and natural human legacy. Fotopedia Heritage now offers more than 25,000 awe-inspiring photos and grows every day, thanks to the contributions of the Fotopedia community – which consists of 30,000 photographers and curators who help enable this endless visual journey. See...
Calicut University digitizing palm leaf manuscripts
October 22, 2010 | 10:54 am
From MobyLives: The Calicut University in Kerala is scanning over 12,000 palm leaf manuscripts, which apparently comprise over 3,250 individual works and date from as early as 14th century to as lat as the 18th century. The smallest of these fascinating manuscripts is a mere 7cm by 3cm. The project is of course intended to preserve the manuscripts and make them accessible to academics worldwide. OneIndia reports: The varsity accorded special attention to the digitization project as slight mishandling could result in damage of the rare manuscripts, copies of which were not available, University’s Malayalam Department Head T M Vijayappan, who was coordinating...
Letters of Note – digitized letters`
September 28, 2010 | 8:58 pm
From the site: Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives. For a little more background, I suggest reading this interview. I have a seemingly endless supply of correspondence to plough through, but your input is always welcome. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to send images, please forward high quality versions where possible, don't attempt to compress them to the point of illegibility and don't crop them to death. If you happen to have an original you wish to post to me using regular mail, let me know...
Congrats! to the Internet Archive!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 28, 2010 | 8:48 pm
Ghent University Library Becomes First to Contribute Books Scanned by Google to Europeana
September 28, 2010 | 9:03 am
From a Ghent University Library Announcement: Ghent University Library today became the first in Europe to contribute public domain works scanned by Google to Europeana, Europe’s culture heritage. Readers using Europeana can now enjoy more than 30 million newly-added pages of historical, scientific, anthropological and literary works, from over 100,000 volumes, spanning four centuries, in French, Dutch, German and other languages. Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Culture and chair of the European Council of Environment is pleased that the unique and large collection of Ghent University leads the way....
University of Toronto digitizes 250,000 books
September 27, 2010 | 5:59 am
From a post at the Internet Archive by Brewster Kahle: When I talked with Carole Moore, the fantastic librarian from University of Toronto, about 6 years ago, she had a vision of scanning 250,000 books from their libraries. Well, a few days ago she succeeded. ( http://www.archive.org/details/university_of_toronto ) It has been a winding road to here, with financial help from Yahoo and Microsoft, from the Canadian government and from the University of Toronto-- but she got there in grand style. She had books from the 1400's scanned, she has done all sorts of things with the able help from Jonathan Bengtson and Sian...
The Personal Library of Sir Paul McCartney to Be Digitized
September 22, 2010 | 4:55 pm
Late yesterday we posted an item about the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum continuing to gear up to digitize its holdings (including 3-D objects.) Today, we've read that HP is going to work with Sir Paul McCartney to digitize his personal library of images, artwork, paintings, film and videos, as well as masters of some of the most popular songs ever written. The library also includes album cover art. From an Announcement: Under the agreement, HP will work closely with MPL [McCartney Productions Limited] to digitize the material and design and build a state-of-the-art content management system. McCartney’s library will then be...
British PathÃ© newsreels now online
September 8, 2010 | 12:11 pm
India: more libraries going for digitization of knowledge, eresources
August 9, 2010 | 6:13 am
From the Article: Leading educational institutes and libraries are making books immortal – virtually. Rare books and publications are now in the focus of many local and national-level projects of digitization. On academic front, projects like INFLIBNET, acronym for Information and Library Network Centre, hold great promise, believe experts. Dr Jagdish Arora, director of the project, told TOI that despite some glitches, the project was very much in shape. “Apart from providing over 70,000 books and 2,000 journals online, we have started a project called National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for scholarly content (N-LIST) from...
Partnership aims to digitize Civil War items
July 24, 2010 | 10:21 am
From the Article: The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are partnering with Wabash Valley Vision and Voices (WV3) to digitize more than 1,000 Civil War era items in an effort to preserve content of original documents and promote local renewed research as the nation prepares for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Also partnering in the project are the Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library, the Vigo County Public Library and the Vigo County Historical Society. Group members plan to digitize field journals, letters, discharge papers,...
Vermont historic newspapers to go digital
July 19, 2010 | 10:05 am
From the Article: In the special collections department of the University of Vermont [UVM] library, you can find newspapers dating back to the mid 1800s. All those years of handling have left some of the papers damaged. So 10 years ago the library embarked on a project to convert as many newspapers from across the state as it could find into microfilms. [Clip] Nowadays, microfilm– like newspapers– is being replaced by online information. So the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities teamed up to create the Chronicling America...
William Faulkner’s lectures digitized and now online
July 19, 2010 | 9:56 am
From the NPR site: In the late 1950s, English students at the University of Virginia got the opportunity that most American literature scholars would kill for — to speak with William Faulkner. Faulkner spent two years as the writer-in-residence at UVA, where he gave lectures and readings and took questions from students. The lectures were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes, which have now been digitized and published online. Personally, I agree with Stephan Pastis, the cartoonist, in the article that we republished: The Sound of My Fury Toward Overrated Authors Who Confuse Me by Stephan Pastis...
London LIves 1690 – 1800 digital database of manuscripts
July 2, 2010 | 8:56 am
From the announcement: Hundreds of thousands of eighteenth-century Londoners will be brought to life by a unique online resource… London Lives (www.londonlives.org) provides access to the largest set of handwritten manuscripts ever posted on the internet. The ‘London Lives’ website is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 pages (40 million words) of handwritten documents from criminal justice and local government. It will bring to life the working people who inhabited this first ‘world city’, to facilitate a new kind of history. Evidence from a murder or a petty theft, petitions to relieve distress, accounts of money distributed to the poor and the records...
Creating a digital Smithsonian
June 8, 2010 | 10:00 am
DigitalKoans has an excerpt from the Smithsonian's Strategic Plan for digitization: How long will digitization take? How much will it cost? Right now, we are not sure, and the plan’s number-one task is to determine timelines, cost parameters, and guidelines for setting priorities about what will be digitized when. While we will not digitize all of our collections, the price tag is still daunting, especially considering that many of our objects are three-dimensional and therefore more difficult to digitize. Added to the direct cost of digitization are the staff hours needed to find and research objects and data and the rights...