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May 11, 2015 | 12:25 pm 2015The granddaddy of internet public domain archives,, has recently been upping its game after years in more or less the same venerable, trusty, but slightly fusty format. As announced, "the new version of the site has been evolving over the past 6 months in response to the feedback we’ve received from thousands of our awesome users." And as far as I can see at least, the quality of some of its scans and other archived material is being progressively upgraded too. The key reasons for the upgrade are interesting in themselves. According to, "35% of our ~3 million...

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real
February 11, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to iPhones, iPads and other devices! As if a young Buffett today wouldn’t love to read scads of library e-books each year! No, I won’t beat up on either Buffett or Ms. Jarvis, given people’s varying tastes in reading formats. In fact, for retirement purposes, I’m a small shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's company, and I trust his long-term judgment...

National Archives digitization tools now on GitHub
October 24, 2011 | 9:46 am

Screen Shot 2011 10 24 at 9 43 18 AM From NARAtions: Over the last year and a half, our Digitization Services Branch has developed a number of software applications to facilitate digitization workflows.  These applications have significantly increased our productivity and improved the accuracy and completeness of our digitization work. We shared our experiences with these applications with colleagues at other institutions such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, and they expressed interest in trying these applications within their own digitization workflows.  We have made two digitization applications, “File Analyzer and Metadata Harvester” and “Video Frame Analyzer” available on GitHub, and they are now available for use by...

National Archives Online Public Access BETA Review
March 2, 2011 | 8:35 am

The National Archives has always been a great source of PDF and other non-fiction documents for my eBook reader.  Escape and Evasion reports, WPA guides, After-Action Reports, all of these have made for some interesting reading.  However, navigating the archives and the ARC (Archival Research Catalog) to find new items has always been somewhat challenging. No more!  Stopping by the site in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed big changes in how you can search for electronic items for download.  If you go to the Online Public Access Prototype, link at, a massively streamlined search portal is now available for...

US National Archives to put the Founders online
October 14, 2010 | 10:11 am

images.jpegFrom a NARA Announcement: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grantmaking arm of the National Archives, is pleased to announce a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America. The NHPRC and UVA Press will create a new web site which provides access to the fully annotated published papers of key figures in the nation’s Founding era. The project is designed to include the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. The National...

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