National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/national-archives-exhibit-blurs-images-critical-of-president-trump/2020/01/17/71d8e80c-37e3-11ea-9541-9107303481a4_story.html

Digitized Manuscripts of Gothic Manuscript Books

See also:
Dated and datable digitized manuscripts
https://holfordm.github.io/resources/dated-and-datable/

The Paris Musées’ recently released more than 100,000 works under Creative Commons Zero (CCØ)

https://creativecommons.org/2020/01/10/paris-musees-releases-100000-works-into-the-public-domain/

http://www.parismusees.paris.fr/fr/actualite/open-content-plus-de-100-000-oeuvres-des-collections-des-musees-de-la-ville-de-paris-en

Emmanuel Lansyer (1835-1893). “Le passage Charlemagne”. Huile sur toile, 1887. Paris, musée Carnavalet.

HEAL-Link Consortium of 43 Greek institutions joins Open Library of Humanities LPS Model

https://www.openlibhums.org/news/355/

“We are delighted to announce that the HEAL-Link Consortium of 43 Greek institutions has come together through the OLH Open Consortial Offer to join the Open Library of Humanities partnership model. HEAL-Link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link) is the Consortium for Academic and Research Institutions in Greece. It is also the largest consortium that has joined the OLH platform so far, comprising a total of 43 members, including all Greek academic institutions and 15 research centres.”

Preserving the legacy of a library when a college closes

“With more than 70,000 books and nearly 3,000 journal volumes, the Geschke Library is a well-curated, world class collection with strengths in the humanities, education, and social justice. The collection reflects the strong historical and cultural influences of the city of Detroit, bringing a uniquely African-American perspective into the light. After a thorough review of possible options, Marygrove College President Dr. Elizabeth Burns and college administrators decided that the entirety of the library’s collection would be donated to the Internet Archive so that the materials could be digitized and made available to students and researchers all over the world.”

Internet Archive Blogs

Breaking Bad

“It reads like a horror story. In 1964, the New York rare book dealer Philip Duschnes (d. 1970) bought and subsequently broke a splendid medieval Bible produced in early-fourteenth-century Paris (Figure 1). Every page is adorned with exuberant decoration, usually with gold leaf. The manuscript also contains numerous historiated initials, like the letter S above. With so much beauty on each page, to Duschnes the manuscript must have seemed ideal for breaking and selling by the leaf. In 1965, he began offering individual leaves for sale in his catalogue 169, stating that others from the same manuscript were available. Cut to order.”

Read more at:

https://medievalbooks.nl/2019/11/01/breaking-bad/

Figure 1

Unknown Irish translation of Ibn Sīna discovered in spine of book

“A 15th-century vellum manuscript of the writing of the revered Persian physician Ibn Sīna, or Avicenna, has been found being used to bind a later book, revealing for the first time that his seminal Canon of Medicine was translated into Irish.

The manuscript had been trimmed, folded and stitched to the spine of a pocket-sized Latin manual about local administration, which was printed in London in the 1530s. It had been owned by the same family in Cornwall since the 16th century.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/07/surprise-as-unknown-irish-translation-of-ibn-sina-discovered-in-spine-of-book

Geowalled Access is Not Open Access

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/11/14/can-geowalling-save-open-access/ (Lisa Hinchliffe)

Excerpt:

“To implement geowalling, the cOAlition would need to revise Principle 1: “Authors or their institutions retain copyright to their publications. All publications must be published under an open license, preferably the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY).”

If authors have copyright, they would be free to share their publications outside of the geowall. But, even more of a challenge for geowalling is the the CC BY license. Anyone who has access to the geowalled content that is under a CC- BY license would be free to liberate the content from the geowall and post it elsewhere.”

Indian State of Odisha Releases 21 Dictionaries Under CC BY

https://creativecommons.org/2019/11/12/government-releases-dictionaries-cc-by/

“When governments choose to use Creative Commons licenses to preserve and share cultural knowledge, like Indigenous languages, it illustrates how our licenses can help create a more accessible and equitable world.

Recently, CC India’s Global Network Representative (GNC) Subhashish Panigrahi brought to our attention that the Indian state of Odisha licensed 21 dictionaries—in all 21 Indigenous languages that are spoken in the province—under CC BY 4.0.”