Digitization

International Digital Preservation Day, 30 November 2017

(4 August 2017) The first International Digital Preservation Day will be held on 30 November 2017 and will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital […]

August 8, 2017 - 9:04 am
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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]

July 23, 2017 - 5:08 pm
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NLA hiring Assistant Director Digital Preservation

(6 July 2017) The Collections Management Branch has an ongoing opportunity to join the Preservations Team as the EL 1, Assistant Director, Digital Preservation. This role will lead the team responsible for implementing the Library’s digital preservation approach to ensure long-term access to digital collection material. The Library receives published digital content via its edeposit program and a […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:37 pm
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19th-century book of life-sized bird paintings reprinted

(20 June 2017) It is a book that would set many a collector’s heart aflutter. In 2010, a first edition of Birds Of America was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for more than £7.3 million, a world record for a book. The book, a four-volume set of 435 life-sized paintings of birds, published […]

June 24, 2017 - 6:11 pm
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Connecting Myanmar libraries to global academia

(23 June 2017) Roxanne Missingham writes that connections to the world through university libraries are an important feature of the rebirth of higher education. Libraries in Myanmar institutions have, together with the National Library, collected the memory of the nation, curated through many collections of palm leaf manuscripts and rare historic texts. The University libraries […]

June 23, 2017 - 2:48 pm
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China uses space technologies to protect ancient books

(10 June 2017) China is repurposing breakthroughs in space technology to help safeguard the nation’s literary heritage after researchers developed special safes with astronautical characteristics to protect ancient books, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) has announced. The space launch vehicle manufacturer has also signed an agreement with the National Library of China […]

June 10, 2017 - 7:55 pm
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Expanding library impact through open access digitization

(8 June 2017) Located in central Singapore, just minutes away from the city’s main shopping district, sits the first and only tropical botanic garden listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established at its present site in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) covers 82 hectares and is home to thousands of plant species. Since […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:05 pm
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A new scanner for digitizing Australia’s biodiversity heritage

(30 May 2017) In 2011, Australia joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library and, led by Museums Victoria, began to digitize the rare books, historic journals and archival material related to Australia’s biodiversity, and to make them openly available online. There are now 15 Australian organizations contributing to BHL and over 300 worldwide. These include museums, herbaria, […]

June 1, 2017 - 9:14 am
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33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is […]

May 26, 2017 - 4:13 pm
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Old medical publications support new learners and researchers

(8 May 2017) A £1m project to digitise more than 15 million pages of 19th century medical texts has just finished and the material is now available online for free. It has taken three years to convert these historic published works for use in the 21st century by learners, teachers and researchers. Covering much more […]

May 12, 2017 - 10:34 am
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National Library of China displays digital murals

(26 April 2017) A new exhibition showcasing digital replicas of murals and sculptures from Buddhist temples in North China’s Shanxi Province kicked off on Tuesday at the National Library of China (NLC) in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese Fine Art Research and Development Center (CFARDC) under the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association and the […]

April 27, 2017 - 9:10 am
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ANU Library collaborates with Yangon University Library on digitisation capabilities

(4 April 2017) Professor Ni Win Zaw, Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies at University of Yangon, recently visited ANU Library to work on a digitisation research project with University Librarian Roxanne Missingham. The project aims to provide a framework for transforming library services and increase digital literacy skills through library and […]

April 4, 2017 - 2:03 pm
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Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

(24 March 2017) New research highlights the growing importance of higher education staff being capable of delivering technology-enhanced learning experience for students. A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc in the UK, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is […]

March 26, 2017 - 5:01 pm
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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm
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A (born digital) health check in New Zealand

(20 March 2017) Collecting, managing, and preserving born digital collections creates new challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s cultural heritage organisations. This work often requires learning new and different technology skills, and the use of specialised computer hardware and software. The National Library has had a digital collecting program for over fifteen years. In 2016 […]

March 20, 2017 - 5:13 pm
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