July 2, 2015

Government Transparency: World Wide Web Foundation Releases 2nd Open Data Barometer Report

From the Report: A global movement to make government “open by default” picked up steam in 2013 when the G8 leaders signed an Open Data Charter – promising to make public sector data openly available, without charge and in re-useable formats. In 2014 the G20 largest industrial economies followed up by pledging to advance open […]

E-Rate Program Commits Over $450 Million In Funding For Broadband in Schools And Libraries

From the FCC: A record level of early financial support for broadband in schools and libraries has been approved by the E-rate program, the Federal Communications Commission’s program for supporting communications services in these institutions. Reflecting a dedicated effort by the FCC to get critical funding for broadband to schools and libraries as quickly as […]

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

Digitization Projects: Stanford Releases Hundreds of Oral History Interviews Online

From Stanford University Library ReMix Newsletter: Accessible only at Special Collections for decades, hundreds of oral history interviews are now available online as a result of the work of the University Archives and Stanford Media Preservation Lab. The capturing of Stanford oral histories began in earnest in 1978 with the Stanford Oral History Project (now […]

History: French Holocaust Records Exhibited For 1st Time

From the AP (via AJC): They are among France’s darkest days: Police dragged over 13,000 Jews from their homes, confined them in a Paris cycling stadium with little food or water, and then deported them to their deaths in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. But even in France, one of the most brazen collaborations between […]

Georgia: Home Movie in U. of Georgia Library May Be State’s Oldest Film Images

From the Athens Banner-Herald: Archivists at the University of Georgia believe they have found the earliest movie footage shot in the state, part of a collection of home movies and other films that belonged to the wealthy owners of a Thomasville plantation. “We think it’s not just the earliest home movie shot in Georgia, but […]

Western Michigan University Scheduled to Break Ground For New Archives Facility Next Week

From WMU: After years of planning and fundraising, Western Michigan University will break ground at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 19, for a facility that will house the University’s archives as well as historical records for all of Southwest Michigan. The 16,000-square-foot, $8.3 million Legacy Collections Center, officially part of University Libraries, will be built on […]

Assessment Leads to Strategic New Directions for OAC (Online Archive of California) and Calisphere

From the California Digital Library: The CDL has recently completed a multi-faceted assessment of the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere, in order to plan for the continued development of these platforms–especially as relates to hosting and providing access to digitized special collections materials. [Clip] The assessment uncovered immensely valuable information about the OAC […]

Article: Shaking Up Israel’s National Archives (Interview with Israel’s Chief Archivist)

In a New Article From Tablet Magazine: The state archives are home to everything from top-secret government deliberations to countless cultural artifacts to, apparently, footage of pre-state soccer matches. All this and more will soon become daily Internet fodder, as the blog begins releasing much of this hitherto inaccessible information online. To find out more […]

NARA: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Launches New Website

From a NARA News Release: The National Archives’ George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has launched its newly designed website: www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu. The website is hosted by Southern Methodist University (SMU), the site of the Library’s future facility and an important partner for the institution. While the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is […]