Digitization

The Australian Web Archive is a momentous achievement – but things will get harder from here

(14 March 2019) The National Library of Australia has just launched its Australian Web Archive – a massive, freely accessible collection of content that provides a historical record of the development of world wide web content in Australia over more than two decades. The new archive is a momentous achievement. Containing annual captures of all […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:49 am
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Opening a yearbook onto the past

(19 Mar 2019)  The “Shanghai Almanac for 1852, and Commercial Guide,” the city’s first yearbook, is set to be republished by the Shanghai Bookstore Publishing House in June. The yearbook, in English but due to have a Chinese translation, is the earliest compiled by foreigners on the Chinese mainland. The original book will be displayed at the release […]

March 20, 2019 - 3:56 pm
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China to invest 45 mln USD to protect Potala Palace’s ancient documents

(25 February 2019)  The Chinese government will invest 300 million yuan (44.9 million U.S. dollars) in the next 10 years in its greatest efforts of protection and utilization of ancient documents in the Potala Palace, a World Heritage site in Lhasa, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. At present, a total of nearly 40,000 books of precious ancient […]

February 27, 2019 - 9:47 am
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Classical Central Asia in the digital age: three newly-digitised Navoiy manuscripts at the British Library

(7 February 2019) Thanks to a partnership between the British Library and the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature named Alisher Navoiy, three manuscripts including the poetical works of Alisher Navoiy are now available online. These three items are the first Chagatai-language texts to be uploaded to the Library’s digitised manuscript holdings, a […]

February 11, 2019 - 1:18 pm
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UCSB Library digitizes works by renowned Chinese author Kenneth Pai

(14 January 2019) Original, handwritten manuscripts by an author who has been called a Nobel Prize contender and compared to Ernest Hemingway are now available for everyone around the world to see. Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇), also known as Kenneth Pai, was a professor of Chinese literature at UCSB from 1965 to 1994. “Kenneth Pai is probably […]

January 21, 2019 - 2:08 pm
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Inside Brazil’s National Museum on Google Arts & Culture

(18 December 2018)  On September 2nd 2018, a fire struck the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest collections of natural history in the world. An estimated 20 million pieces were lost, including indigenous artifacts, dinosaur remains and the oldest human skeleton ever discovered in the Americas. Starting back in 2016, Google Arts & […]

December 18, 2018 - 10:34 am
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Vietnam to enhance digitalization of library

(6 December 2018) Speaking at the seminar “Developing and reforming library activities in the new era”, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that digitalization of library nationwide will help people to access books easily. The seminar was held yesterday by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. According to the Ministry, library system has […]

December 6, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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Wiley Digital Archives and the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers partner to digitize millions of pages of unique primary source content

(12 November 2018, Hoboken, N.J.) John Wiley and Sons Inc. is pleased to announce its newest Wiley Digital Archives partner, the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG). The partnership between Wiley and RGS-IBG, one of the world’s largest and most active scholarly geographical societies, is a new endeavor in a continuing […]

November 14, 2018 - 2:13 pm
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National Archives of Australia searches for software and services providers

For multi-year program to modernise capabilities to embed secure digital end-to-end archival processes (25 October 2018) National Archives of Australia (NAA), the body that collects and preserves Australian Government records that reflect the country’s history and identity, has flagged its plan to search for providers for a new Integrated end-to-end digital archival services. The pre-release […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:36 pm
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Library of Congress launches a new transcription crowdsourcing tool

(26 October 2018) The Library of Congress launched this week a new crowdsourcing tool that enables the transcription of digitised documents from their historic collections. This tool will improve the services provided by the library and the usability of their data making the documents more readable and searchable. The application can be accessed at crowd.loc.gov, […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:19 pm
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World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive

(4 October 2018) The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA) announced today that they are making a large corpus of Buddhist literature available via the Internet Archive. This collection represents the most complete record of the words of the Buddha available in any language, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, […]

October 5, 2018 - 4:26 pm
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15,000 images of Javanese manuscripts from Yogyakarta now online

(17 September 2018) The Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project, generously supported by Mr S P Lohia, aims to digitise 75 manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the British Library, and provide free online access through the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. Full sets of the digital images will also be presented to the Archives […]

September 18, 2018 - 8:35 pm
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Digitizing the National Library of Mongolia

(11 September 2018) With support from Khyentse Foundation, the Asian Classics Input Project and the Buddhist Digital Resource Center have partnered to digitize, catalog, and make accessible all Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs held at the National Library of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. This project is one of the largest in the history of both organizations, with […]

September 12, 2018 - 9:11 am
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Licensing as a solution to rights management? IFLA publishes extended collective licensing background paper

7 August 2018)  Libraries have a mission to maximize access to their collections, for culture, education and research. In doing so, they face challenges around clearing rights – i.e. how to make these books, articles, photos or other material available to the public without infringing copyright. Mass digitisation projects have brought this issue into focus, […]

August 9, 2018 - 2:36 pm
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See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection

(2 August 2018) More than 8,000 living specimens in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection have been digitized and are now available to see and study from anywhere in the world. The Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program, in association with the National Collections Program, started photographing the plants in December 2017 and recently put the complete collection […]

August 3, 2018 - 1:57 pm
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