1921 Canadian Census is Now Available Free


„In 2013, Ancestry digitized the Canadian 1921 census and until last month it was available only through Ancestry. Per their agreement with Library and Archives Canada, the 1921 census is now available free at the Library and Archives Canada.“


Hewlett-Packard historical archives destroyed in Santa Rosa fires


„The Tubbs fire consumed the collected archives of William Hewlett and David Packard, the tech pioneers who in 1938 formed an electronics company in a Palo Alto garage with $538 in cash.

More than 100 boxes of the two men’s writings, correspondence, speeches and other items were contained in one of two modular buildings that burned to the ground at the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies.“

German: https://heise.de/-3876209

Boston Public Library’s Sound Archives Coming to the Internet Archive

Boston Public Library Sound Archive

„Today, the Boston Public Library announced the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize, preserve and make these recordings accessible to the public.“

via Internet Archive Blogs

Fair Open Access

„In March 2017 a group of researchers and librarians interested in journal reform formalized the Fair Open Access Principles. The basic principles are:

The journal has a transparent ownership structure, and is controlled by and responsive to the scholarly community.
Authors of articles in the journal retain copyright.
All articles are published open access and an explicit open access licence is used.
Submission and publication is not conditional in any way on the payment of a fee from the author or its employing institution, or on membership of an institution or society.
Any fees paid on behalf of the journal to publishers are low, transparent, and in proportion to the work carried out.“



Freedom of panorama: would it hurt architects? Wikimedia-Survey among Italian-based architects says NO


„First, the facts: only one respondent stated to have every received payment for a photograph taken of their work.

More generally, over 70% of those surveyed stated that they are not aware that permission is required to make reproductions of works of architecture, sculptures et sim permanently located on public display. Nearly 60% thinks that it would not be reasonably possible for, eg, a photographer to locate and contact relevant rightholders to seek permission.“

How Turkey Destroyed or Disposed Its Historical Archives and Documents


„For several decades, the Turkish government and its propagandists have been announcing that the state documents, particularly the Ottoman archives, are fully open and available to any researcher from around the world.

What Turkish officials and their supporters do not say is that many documents of the Ottoman archives have been removed, destroyed, sold or disposed of. In addition, some of the most sensitive archives are still closed to outsiders.“

Publishers and ResearchGate

„1. From Gary Price at InfoDOCKET, of interest:

Report: Publishers Seek Removal of Millions of Papers From ResearchGate

„Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate
by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they
say infringe copyright.

„The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the
publishers say up to 40 per cent of papers on ResearchGate are

Included at the bottom of post is a recent proposal from publishers
to ResearchGate.


2. And this from Times Higher Education:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/publishers-seek-removal-millions-papers-researchgate#survey-answer“ (LIBLICENSE-L)

Wiki Loves Archives: Citizen participation helps rescue damaged archival resources

„At Wikimania Montreal last month, BAnQ and Wikimedia Canada invited Montrealers to digitize iconographic archives in peril. Negatives dating back to the beginning of the century were rapidly oxidizing, and the digitization of these archives was urgent. One hundred volunteers came to the rescue of these memories of Quebec.“

Wiki Loves Archives: Citizen participation helps rescue damaged archival resources

via Calle Eklund

USA, Federal Depository Library: Freier Zugang zu Regierungsveröffentlichungen in Gefahr?

Die anstehende „Modernisierung“ des 44 US Code, Chapter 19, Depository Library Program (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/44/chapter-19) könnte, so fürchtet die Free Government Information (FGI), auf Änderungen hinauslaufen, die
will weaken and diminish the role of libraries, promote the fragile model of centralizing control of government information with GPO [Government Publishing Office], entrench GPO’s long-term efforts to replace FDLP with short-term ‚partners,‘ and make it easier to discard and destroy the FDLP Historic Collections

Chapter 19 sei „the only legal guarantee that the government will provide its information for free to the General Public


Das GPO hat die Federal Depository Library aufgefordert, bis zum 31. August Vorschläge für Änderungen des Chapter 19 einzureichen, „that provide depository libraries more flexibility

Es geht wohl insbesondere, um
problems including a lack of staffing, funding, and space. Some of these could be alleviated, or at least reduced, by switching to digital holdings. Title 44 contains requirements that these libraries continue to hold print publications, even though many of these publications are available in digital format“,
so Lisa Peet im Library Journal:

Die FGI hat eine Petition gestartet:
Protect the public right to govt information: help preserve and expand Title 44

La Galigo


„We present here manuscript NBG Boeg 188, the Buginese mythical epic “La Galigo” in twelve volumes, which has been inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World register in 2011. These twelve volumes form the largest continuous part of what is the most voluminous literary work in the world. The complete work is estimated to contain 6.000 folio-sized pages and because of its enormous length no manuscripts exist that contain the complete text. Our manuscript of twelve volumes covers the initial third part of the story.“

Medieval Gospel Commentary, lost for 1500 years – now translated and online


„The extraordinary find, a work written by a bishop in North Italy, Fortunatianus of Aquileia, dates back to the middle of the fourth century. The biblical text of the manuscript is of particular significance, as it predates the standard Latin version known as the Vulgate and provides new evidence about the earliest form of the Gospels in Latin, shedding new light on the early Church.

Despite references to it in other ancient works, no copy was known to survive until a researcher from the University of Salzburg identified the commentary in an anonymous manuscript copied around the year 800 and held in Cologne Cathedral Library.“


„In October 2012, Lukas Dorfbauer encountered the anonymous gospel commentary which constitutes the majority of Codex 17 in Cologne Cathedral Library. Copied in the Rhineland in the first third of the ninth century, this parchment codex of 103 pages boasts a fine illuminated title page, followed by two pages written in uncial script before the Caroline minuscule script which is used by the five principal copyists in the rest of the volume. The manuscript had been fully digitised and put online in the Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis collection in 2002, and was also included in the catalogue of Cologne Cathedral manuscripts made in 1995″ (p. XII).

Piece by Piece: Fragments in the Digital Ages


„During the 2017 International Medieval Congress in Leeds the Austrian National Library therefore organised two sessions and a round table discussion on the topic of medieval manuscript fragments. All talks presented in these sessions by scholars from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the US will be posted here in the next couple of weeks.“

See also
and the first contribution: Norwegian Book Fragments and the Internet

What Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress means for legal scholarship


„The acquisition of bepress is of particular importance to the academic law community as the Digital Commons is currently used by 74% of US law schools with a digital repository. The Digital Commons also includes the Law Commons Network, a open access database of over 350,000 law related scholarly works, aggregated from across all Digital Commons repositories.“