July 28, 2014

Cameroon: Digitalisation of National Archives on Target

From AllAfrica: Digitalising the National Archives with the view of consolidating national heritage and easing access to it for posterity will constitute one of the priority activities of the Ministry of Culture in the 2012 fiscal year. Culture Minister, Ama Tutu Muna, made the disclosure Tuesday November 22 after defending the ministry’s 2012 budget of […]

Academic Libraries: Book Retrieval "Bots" Arrive at UMKC Library (and Don't Forget the Sushi Bar)

From the Kansas City Star: What you might not expect to find on the main floor of the Miller Nichols Library is a sushi bar. But there it is, a part of the $70 million renovation going on at the University of Missouri-Kansas City building. And what you might expect to find there — books […]

European Commission to Adopt Open Data Strategy

From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: News in from the European Commission, which has announced that they will be adopting a new Open Data Strategy from the 29th November. The aims of the strategy are to increase government transparency, and hopefully generate overall economic gains of around €40 billion a year for the EU. The strategy, […]

UK: A New Library For the British Film Institute?

From the British Film Institute (BFI) Web Site: The BFI is facing huge and exciting changes across all areas of its business since it became the lead body for film in April this year. As part of this new chapter for the BFI, we are exploring ways to modernise and expand the offering of the […]

Kenya: National Library to Go Digital

From AllAfrica.com: Kenya National Library Services has contracted Digital Divide Data (DDD) Kenya to digitising all its documents in a bid to keep pace with changing technology Digitisation entails scanning books, reports and other documents and storing them in an electronic system from which they can be accessed and retrieved at the click of the […]

IFLA: Library Associations Strongly Support a Treaty for the Visually Impaired

From an IFLA Announcement: During the WIPO SCCR discussions on an instrument for the visually impaired on Thursday, 24 November, the library community strongly supported a treaty for person with print disabilities. In his statement, Stuart Hamilton, IFLA Director Policy and Advocacy, called for a binding instrument: “IFLA believes that a treaty is the necessary […]

"Data Mining 3.0 – From Info to 'Collective Intelligence'"

From a Feature Article on the CORDIS Web Site: An EU-funded project has developed a platform that converts vast user-generated content from a problem of information overload into a new, collective intelligence with a range of applications, from handling emergencies to enhanced city tourism. The project has filed for several patents and a handful of […]

New From JISC and Open Humanities Project: "Launch of 'Living' Books Breaks Barriers Between Humanities and Science"

From the JISC Web Site: A series of 21 ‘living books’ has been launched online as part of a pioneering initiative designed to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. The Living Books About Life series is written and produced by humanities scholars from universities across the world – from the UK and […]