The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana today announced the official launch of Leaving Europe: A new life in America, a jointly curated virtual exhibition that tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition includes digitized photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, letters, audio, government documents, and other materials from U.S. and European libraries, museums, and archives, curated to describe the experiences faced by different groups emigrating from Europe to the United States.
Ever since the Library of Congress announced an effort to lead us beyond MARC a year ago last May, many of us have been wondering just what the effort would produce. With the recent release of a report titled “Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services”, we have a much clearer, albeit not fully [...]
The eMOP project led by Texas A&M will use page images from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online and Early European Books, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and other sources to create a database of early typefaces used in English books and documents, and then train optical character recognition (OCR) software to read these documents.
Golden Gate Capital, a $12 billion San Francisco-based private equity firm with a significant software and technology portfolio, has entered into an agreement to acquire library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group from current owner Leeds Equity Partners, the companies announced this morning. The deal is expected to be completed in December. Under new ownership, Ex Libris will remain an independent business based in Jerusalem and run by the current management team, the company explained in the announcement. Additional terms of the sale were not disclosed.
In a recent post, Rose Holley describes how the National Archives of Australia is using crowdsourcing to help transcribe scanned archival descriptions. Dubbed “The Hive” (a play on [arc]Hive), the site allows users to pick a scanned image marked easy, moderate, or difficult and edit the OCR’d version to better reflect the actual document. Work [...]
The Scottsdale Public Library (SPL) recently went live with the Papago Salado Story Tour Collection, a digitized project that features historic photos of several of their city’s most notable buildings, accompanied by audio files of locals telling stories about those buildings. The collection got its start last year, when Arizona’s Papago Salado Association received a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council to record memories of historical buildings.
All 37 member libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance will replace their current ILS and discovery systems with the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management system and Primo discovery solution, the Alliance announced today. Following an extensive request for proposal process, the Orbis council of library directors decided to enter into a contract with library automation provider Ex Libris in July.
OCLC is recommending that member institutions that would like to release their catalog data on the Web do so with the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY). The license allows users to share, copy, distribute, modify, transform and build upon a database, provided that users “attribute any public use of the database, or works produced from the database, in the manner specified in the license,” according to ODC’s simple language summary. OCLC has requested that participants making use of WorldCat-derived data conform to the norms defined in the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities. The ODC-BY license will also be used by OCLC, as it releases additional sets of WorldCat data, including future linked data projects.
Anyone who has tried to parse dates already knows what this piece is going to be about. This is because dates, which seem so easy on the face of it, are very complex entities that create any number of difficulties for software. I mean, witness the whole Y2K debacle. And that’s just for starters. There [...]
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has partnered with the University of Washington’s acclaimed KEXP radio (90.3 FM) to offer access to KEXP’s collection of approximately 3,200 live, in-studio performances recorded at the station. The recordings—including performances from up-and coming local groups, as well as nationally popular acts such as Arcade Fire, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones, and the Black Keys—can now be discovered and streamed via SPL’s online public access catalog.