digital library

Open data hackathon tackles cultural preservation

Sharing open ideas

More and more galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) are digitizing their collections to make them accessible online and to preserve our heritage for future generations. By January 2014, over 30 million objects have been made available via Europeana—among which over 4.5 million records were contributed from German institutions. » Read more

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Are libraries resisting open source?

Open source, library schools, libraries, and digital dissemination

My husband and I are librarians. We were talking recently about library training, the library profession, the open source movement, and how open source digital content is being distributed today in public libraries. We were struck by the way that open source thinking has infiltrated many areas—but not yet the profession or institution of librarians. » Read more

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Teaching software libraries by example

Teaching software libraries by example

These days there is a software library for nearly every occasion. Many of them are well designed and well implemented. Unfortunately, almost none of them have documentation presented in a way that allows a new user to quickly understand the basics and put it to work effectively. » Read more

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Should setting information free get you locked up? Aaron Swartz, JSTOR, and the theft of information

Aaron Swartz is 25 years old. He’s smart, tenacious, talented. And, in the view of the US Attorney General, a dangerous man currently charged with wire and computer fraud, obtaining information from a protected computer, and criminal forfeiture. He was released pending a September trial on a $100,000 bond.

His crime? Downloading more than four million documents from the JSTOR digital library. » Read more

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