Digitization

New UK-wide service will transform library collaboration

(3 February 2017) As part of delivering on the vision of a UK national digital library, Jisc and OCLC announce a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers. Today Jisc announced that OCLC, the global library […]

February 6, 2017 - 9:48 am
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SEAM digitizes Philippine comic books

(12 January 2017) SEAM (Southeast Asia Materials Project) has digitized two Philippine comic book titles from the mid-20th century, Espesyal Komiks (Oct. 1952 – Mar. 1961) and Pilipino Komiks (Dec. 1949 – Dec. 1962). Many of the comics in these two Tagalog-language publications were produced by Francisco Coching (1919-1998). One of the most influential comic […]

January 15, 2017 - 4:06 pm
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A study on Pakistan’s Digital Library

(9 January 2017) In Pakistan, the Digital Library Programme was introduced as a collaborative project of Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) and INASP in 2003. Today, the Digital Library (DL) is a programme of the HEC and provides private and public sector institutions in Pakistan with access to international scholarly literature, such as academic journals […]

January 11, 2017 - 4:59 pm
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Government to digitise iconic Old Delhi library

(2 January 2017, New Delhi)  The new year promises to be a hopeful one for the iconic Hardinge Library in Old Delhi with plans afoot to revamp the historic institution through digitisation of rare books and restoration of its century-old building. Authorities are also endeavouring to put this city landmark on a tourism map, besides […]

January 7, 2017 - 3:03 pm
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China’s top judicial authority launches digital legal library

(23 November 2016) China’s Supreme People’s Court officially launched its digital library on 22 November in an effort to improve judicial transparency. The digital library serves as the country’s biggest online platform for juristic writings and records, offering public access to case information. The digital library is divided into six sections, while eight databases and […]

November 24, 2016 - 4:11 pm
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Two centuries of Indian print: new funding

(8 November 2016) In 2015, the British Library announced a major programme to digitise the vast wealth of Indian printed books held by the Library dating from 1713 to 1914, made possible with the support of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Newton Fund. This autumn, the first phase of the […]

November 17, 2016 - 10:12 am
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The Experience Area of National Digital Library of China is exhibited in 2016 Chinese Library Annual Conference

(4 November 2016) Through virtual reality, human-machine interaction, video and so on, the Experience Area of the National Digital Library of China displayed the development achievements of the Digital Library Promotion Project, including network interconnection, unified user authentication, cooperative development and sharing of resources, and library big data application. It also provided interactive experiences for […]

November 12, 2016 - 4:07 pm
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Breakthrough in archival access: Googling through archives within reach

(10 November 2016, Amsterdam)  The ability to google through records is within reach, concludes the final report of the project Full Automatic Archival Access (FAAA). This project studied the opportunities to use new digital technologies to make paper based archives searchable at document-level. Four out of five words were correctly recognized by OCR- and NER-software. […]

November 12, 2016 - 3:59 pm
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ARL Library Directors advise on Digital Dunhuang Initiative

(10 November 2016) Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member library directors Brian E. C. Schottlaender, UC San Diego, and Xuemao Wang, University of Cincinnati, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy of China to participate in a two-day International Dunhuang Consultative Committee meeting on October 24 and 25, 2016. The academy is engaging the newly […]

November 10, 2016 - 9:03 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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