The Archive of Yogyakarta digitised

(10 October 2016) The Archive of Yogyakarta refers to a collection of some four hundred manuscript documents in Javanese dating from 1772 to 1813, originating from the court of Yogyakarta. A highly important source for the political, economic, social, administrative and legal history of central Java in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the archive […]

October 11, 2016 - 6:21 pm

Secret Japanese military maps could open a new window on Asia’s past

(13 September 2016) The maps were captured in the waning days of World War II as the U.S. Army took control of Japan. American soldiers confiscated thousands of secret Japanese military maps and the plates used to print them, then shipped them to the United States for safekeeping. Stanford has so far led the way […]

September 13, 2016 - 2:55 pm

Are Language Barriers Holding Us Back?

(1 September 2016) A simple exchange of information becomes dramatically more complicated when occurring between people who speak different languages. Even with today’s advanced technologies, establishing a clear understanding between two parties unfamiliar with the other’s language is tedious and requires extensive research and preparation. One place in particular where information exchange should be as […]

September 2, 2016 - 3:47 pm

Stanford Libraries introduces new features in SearchWorks to support enhanced access to image collections

(30 August 2016) Stuart Snydman writes that the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) has introduced new features in its online catalog, SearchWorks, and the Stanford Digital Repository to make it easier for users worldwide to get access to a treasure trove of high resolution digital images.  The basis of these new features is the International Image […]

September 1, 2016 - 7:56 am

Orphan works to open access: Harvard Library publishes report on digitizing orphan collections

(12 August 2016) The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive literature review on strategies for digitizing orphan works for open access. An orphan work is any original work of authorship for which a good faith, prospective user cannot readily identify and/or locate the copyright owner—especially […]

August 22, 2016 - 9:49 am

Working together to ensure the future of the digital scholarly record

(14 August 2016) EDINA and the ISSN International Centre have published Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship. View the statement here. Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record addresses […]

August 17, 2016 - 10:42 am

Born Digital 2016: libraries launch inaugural digital preservation week and mark 25 years of life on the web

(8 August 2016) Libraries across Australia and New Zealand launch Born Digital 2016 this week (8-12 August), the inaugural digital preservation week – raising awareness of the importance of preserving digital content for the public good and as a record of 21st century history – 25 years to the week since the first public website went live. Beginning Monday […]

August 8, 2016 - 7:28 am

Take this survey to help shape the future of preservation standards

(3 August 2016) IFLA’s Key Initiative 3.2 states that it will work on Developing standards for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse forms.  In order to achieve this, a small committee of IFLA experts (from IFLA Professional Units, IFLA Core Activities and the wider network) has created a survey to collect standards/guidelines […]

August 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Born Digital 2016: promoting digital preservation and 25 years of life on the web

(29 July 2016) NSLA libraries are set to launch Born Digital 2016 and the inaugural digital preservation week – raising awareness of the importance of preserving digital content for the public good and as a record of 21st century history – 25 years to the week since the first public website went live. The week-long […]

July 30, 2016 - 4:01 pm

Digital Preservation Coalition open for international membership

(18 July 2016) The Digital Preservation Coalition is a not-for-profit membership agency which provides training, advocacy, capacity-building and partnerships in digital preservation, helping our members ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. It’s a global endeavour. So from 1st August 2016 DPC will encourage and approve well-founded applications to join the Coalition as full or […]

July 20, 2016 - 8:15 am

Liberating Data: How libraries and librarians can help researchers with text and data mining

(12 July 2016) With advances in computational methods and the proliferation of data sources, text and data mining offers exciting new directions for research. Neil Stewart, Jane Secker, Chris Morrison and Laurence Horton look at the role of libraries in providing support to researchers for these projects, particularly to help with rights issues and to digitise […]

July 13, 2016 - 10:59 am

The ‘TU Darmstadt’ copyright case neatly explained

(11 July 2016) Participants at a recent EIFL webinar were treated by a leading lawyer involved in the ‘TU Darmstadt’ case to a concise analysis of the key issues decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning use of copyright protected works by a library. Over 90 people from 29 countries […]

July 12, 2016 - 12:19 pm

Ancient medical manuscripts now online available at the click of a button

(30 June 2016)  Thousands of ancient medical manuscripts, including several written on palm leaves centuries ago, are now available at the click of a button thanks to a decade long effort by researchers at Bengaluru’s TransDisciplinary University (TDU) in India A list of 10,000 medical manuscripts out of 17,009 that have been digitally catalogued was […]

June 30, 2016 - 3:45 pm

A catalyst for action: New Handbook provides practical guidance in Digital Preservation

(23 June 2016) A new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook was officially launched at the Guildhall in York yesterday, updating the original version first published in 2001. Available free of charge on the Digital Preservation Coalition website, the newly unveiled Handbook provides a range of practical tools to help preserve digital materials. Acknowledging and […]

June 25, 2016 - 1:18 pm

The Getty Research Portal grows with a new design and more than 100,000 digitized volumes

(15 June 2016) Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the Getty Research Institute […]

June 17, 2016 - 7:32 am