Using data from publicly accessible DPLA APIs for over 12 million Harvard library records, metaLAB designer Travis Bost created an animation that charts the evolution of early modern works at Harvard by their place of publication from 1400-1500.
This week’s digest covers the Petersburg digitization project, book design for e-books, open access publishing of British research, the future of the Bronx’s Huntington Library, and the suspension of crowdfunding for Unglue.it.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released “E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document Developed in Preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries,” authored by David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey. The paper was created to prepare for the Berkman Center’s “E-Books in Libraries” workshop, which was held on February 24, 2012. Thanks to a collaborative effort from industry stakeholders, practitioners, and other authorities the briefing examines the shifting paradigm in the digital publishing industry and the consequent issues of access and copyright.
This week’s digest features the economics of e-book lending, the digitization of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s latest grant to build an online archive, and a project to preserve and digitize endangered languages.
Press: “National Endowment for the Humanities gives $1M to create US digital library with Harvard help”
“The grant will help form a new nonprofit organization and create the technical platform to share digital content across the nation’s many public libraries and archives. Digitizing books and building a system for libraries to contribute will take years, though, and millions more dollars from private partners, said endowment chairman Jim Leach.”
“‘The endowment hopes to increase the access of all citizens to humanity’s great stories, triumphs, and ideas,’ said Jim Leach, the endowment’s chairman, ‘and foster a love of lifelong learning and discovery.’”
“The NEH grant will help support a pilot program of DPLA ‘service hubs’ at the state or regional level. The hubs will function as a kind of information ‘on ramp’ to digital content coordinated and made findable by the DPLA, according to Maura Marx, director of the DPLA Secretariat, which coordinates DPLA planning. Eight working groups have been focused on specific workstreams: content and scope, legal issues, and so on.”
“The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $1 million to fund the creation of the infrastructure for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week, and the organization will now turn its focus toward developing a way to search across the many disparate collections involved with the project.”
This week’s digest covers the Library of America’s expanding e-book program, proposals to revolutionize current publishing models, new additions to the Internet Archive live music collection, and the continuing map digitization project at the New York Public Library.
Designed to facilitate discussion and present possible functions for the DPLA platform, a variety of use cases will be featured and examined at the second Audience & Participation workshop on July 27, 2012.