This is pretty BIG news! Led by the @natlibscot's Digital Scholarship Librarian @semames1, it contains huge and important datasets (70GB of data, more than 300,000 images + OCR files containing 22.6 million lines and a whopping 218 million words!) #NLSData https://t.co/mD3Ux2nbqJ https://t.co/j5Z358ILcr
— Stuart Lewis (@stuartlewis) September 2, 2019
A web version of the exhibition at Princeton University Library, enhanced with complete digitizations of all of the Princeton items, is available at https://dpul.princeton.edu/gutenberg.
Not in the Handschriftencensus with the present location: Princeton University Library. Manuscript. Scheide 164 = German Prayerbook, 1458 = http://www.handschriftencensus.de/19782
“[T]he San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco art editor who reprinted and sold copyrighted photos of paintings by Pablo Picasso as part of a reference book did have the right to do so under U.S. law – and that means he does not have to pay damages of $2.68 million ordered by a French court.”
“To actually get a hold of an author, email is usually the best option. At least one author always includes an email address on the paper. If that address doesn’t work, they may have switched universities, but a Google search will usually bring up their current position with their current email. Failing that, you can try to contact them via Research Gate, but at least for me personally, I find that to be an inefficient way for people to get in touch with me. I don’t get notifications from my Research Gate (because they were obnoxious) nor do I check it often, so when people ask me for my papers via Research Gate, it often takes me a long time to respond. In contrast, emailing me usually results in a response is a few hours. I think this is probably true for most academics, so I’d start with email.
One final note about emailing scientists, sometimes people feel like they are inconveniencing scientists by asking for a paper (particularly people who are not academics or students) so they write them a lengthy story about what they are interested in and why they want the paper. Don’t do that. You don’t need to justify your desire for knowledge and you are just wasting their time. All you need to say is, “Dear Dr X, could you please send me a copy of your paper titled, “Y.” Thank you very much, Your Name” or something to that effect. It doesn’t have to be quite that terse, but academics often get hundreds of emails a day, so keeping your message short is appreciated.”
“A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely available online to everyone. The people behind the effort are now hoping to upload these books to the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital archives on the internet.
As it currently stands, all books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain, meaning they’re publicly owned and can be freely used and copied. Books published in 1964 and after are still in copyright, and by law will be for 95 years from their publication date.
But a copyright loophole means that up to 75 percent of books published between 1923 to 1964 are secretly in the public domain, meaning they are free to read and copy. The problem is determining which books these are, due to archaic copyright registration systems and convoluted and shifting copyright law.”
🎉🚨 BEST NEWS FROM @LindaHall_org: we have a newly revised Rights and Reproductions Policy: all existing digital images from our collection that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose under the terms of a Creative Commons License! https://t.co/PwifTaqq87 🚨🎉 pic.twitter.com/aVtILrYsEo
— Jason W. Dean (@Jason_W_Dean) September 11, 2019
The announcment is bullshit. The license is
what means that commercial purposes aren’t allowed.
The September 2019 issue of the “Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World” newsletter is now online.
Unpaywall now identifies fully #openaccess journals even if they're not indexed by @DOAJplus. We analyzed 70k journals to find ones whose publication history was fully open. Adds 10k new OA titles to the 13k already in DOAJ. More here: https://t.co/wLJtXadgJy
— Unpaywall (@unpaywall) September 5, 2019
“The Plan S faith in the pricing mechanism echoes the old dilemma of classical liberalism: everyone is free, as the saying goes, to sleep under the bridges of Paris. There is no fee, however modest, that will be affordable to most of the world’s scholars.”
“Alex Johnson offers some “Podcasts for Bibliophiles” on the FB&C blog – I would add Brattlecast and Behind the Bookshelves, at least. The latter had a great interview with Lisa Fagin Davis about the Voynich Manuscript recently which I recommend highly.”
"The word 'Aboriginal' has a specific history in Australia," writes historian Ann McGrath. Its erasure from archival records, she argues, should merit an exploration of how state #archives reflect "historical and ongoing power structures." https://t.co/u5w6upcGNE
— AHA (@AHAhistorians) August 16, 2019
Because gloves reduce one's sensitivity to pages, we ask that readers use clean, bare hands when handling books + manuscripts from our collection. Gloves are necessary for only certain materials, like glass plate photo negatives. pic.twitter.com/vn3fsI84AW
— Newberry Library (@NewberryLibrary) August 13, 2019