2011 Fall - Europe in Bits & Bytes
Column Editor: Mary Beth Clack
Vol. 35, no. 1
Europeana has redesigned its portal based on user comments, according to the Europeana e-News message of October 11, 2011. Some of the new features include more functionality via the Explore drop-down menu, a Featured Item that changes with each viewing of the site and an embedding function to copy items into other sites. From its blog: Redesigned Europeana Launched.
The European Library issued a press release on September 28, 2011 describing the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)'s decision on open data licensing: Europe’s national librarians support Open Data licensing.
From October 8-10, 2011 the HathiTrust held its first Constitutional Convention. Posted to this site are ballot proposals, delegates, agenda and the 15 July 2011 Briefing Paper on Progress and Opportunities for HathiTrust Ithaka S+R for the HathiTrust Strategic Advisory Board.
The Social Science Data Archives Worldwide, jointly administered by Mimas at Manchester and the UK Data Archive at Essex, distributes and supports both aggregate and survey international datasets from the following entities: the UK Data Archive, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Manchester Information and Associated Services and the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Europeana's online exhibit, From Dada to Surrealism: Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Romania, 1910-1938, covers the show at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Artists whose works were of prime importance during this period were Tristan Tzara, Victor Brauner, Marcel Janco, M. H. Maxy, Arthur Segal (1875-1944), Jules Perahim (1914-2008) and Paul Păun.
The D9.8 PEER Annual Report – Year 2, September 1st 2009 (M12) – August 31st 2010 (M23) has been published. PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) gathers evidence and studies the "effects of large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts."
In August 2011, PEER published PEER Behavioral Research: Authors and Users vis-à-vis Journals and Repositories. Final Report.
Portico has announced that the Modern Humanities Association will preserve these journals with Portico: The Modern Language Review, Portuguese Studies, The Slavonic & East European Review, The Yearbook of English Studies, and The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies. Other news from Portico released over the summer included the publication, with Cornell University Library, of “Preservation of Digitized Books and Other Digital Content Held by Cultural Heritage Organizations.”
Case Study Updates 2011 posted by Ithaka include status reports on twelve digital content projects. Supported by JISC Strategic Content Alliance, Ithaka explores how these SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability models have changed, thrived or been re-envisioned over the past two years.
Ithaka has also posted presentations from Ithaka Sustainable Scholarship 2011, the conference held in New York on September 19-20, 2011. Text, video and audio are referenced.
Various listservs announced the Wiley-Blackwell open access agreements with three research organizations: Wiley-Blackwell Signs Open Access Agreements with Telethon Italy, FWF Austrian Science Fund, and Max Planck Society. Publications will be made available in the Wiley Online Library, deposited to PubMedCentral (PMC) and mirrored to the UK version of PMC (UKPMC).
Thanks to Sarah Wenzel for alerting us to the InfoDocket news release about ARL's SPEC Kit 324: Collecting Global Resources. The table of contents and executive summary are available at no charge.
Via liblicense-l comes the news that The Keepers Registry beta version has been released by EDINA and the ISSN International Centre. This e-journals preservation registry service, funded by the JISC, replaces the PEPRS Beta service of April 2011. Metadata from the HathiTrust have been included in this release, along with the ability to browse by journal title and publisher.
Selected presentation materials from the LIBER 40 conference in Barcelona (July 2011), Getting Europe ready for 2020: the library's role in research, education and society are now online: Parallel Sessions 4.1-6.4
Experts' vision for GÉANT 2020 serving a creative knowledge society is the EU's October 4, 2011 news story (including linked Full Report) about the release of Knowledge without Borders: GÉANT 2020 as the European Communications Commons.
From Adan Griego's post to the WESS-L list, we learned about the article in Library Journal treating a U.S. appeals court's ruling that may affect libraries' lending of foreign printed books: Court Rules First Sale Doctrine Only Applies to Works Manufactured in U.S.
Digital Agenda: more open access to scientific information - Commission seeks views: The European Commission is conducting a survey to inform its communication and recommendations on access to and preservation of digital scientific information. The communication, Consultation on scientific information in the digital age, is slated for release in late 2011.
SPARC Europe was part of the Working Group that produced The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access. This map, sponsored by the League of European Research Universities was presented in Brussels on June 17, 2011.
SPARC announces expanded Open Access Meeting is a posting with information on the North American meeting on Open Access in 2012. To be held in Kansas City from March 11-13, 2012, the event draws upon the success of the biennial SPARC Digital Repositories meeting.
The Collège de France posts audio and video of lectures in the following categories: Mathématiques, Physique-Chimie, Sciences du Vivant, Sciences Humaines, Histoire et Littérature, and Chaires Annuelles.
Sarah Wenzel posted a notice to the WESS list about La bibliothèque des rapports publics on the Documentation Française site. One may browse by theme or search this rich archive, now containing 7500 entries. An "Agenda des Missions" is posted, and RSS feeds and an online newsletter are offered.
Info-FILL is a biweekly newsletter issued by the Fédération interrégionale du livre et de la lecture. This publication provides updates on matters related to literary life and heritage, book production, digitization projects, etc. A recent issue of Info-FILL linked to France Numérique's page on the goals and priorities outlined in its Bilan du plan France Numérique 2012.
An August 9, 2011 news posting to the site Une autre rentré littéraire gives a summary of digital news reported in major newspapers and media outlets. Links to stories on websites such as futurebook.net are also listed. Twenty-three publishers joined efforts to create the site focused on la rentrée in the e-publishing realm in August 2011.
The largest independent publishers' fair is L'autre livre, or, the 9e salon des éditeurs indépendents (November 18-20, 2011, Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris).
The press release of September 27, 2011 describes the agreement between On Demand Books and a new partner: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) to make thousands of titles available on the Espresso Books Machine® Network.
Thanks to Sarah Wenzel, WESSies read the Livres Hebdo story about Albin Michel, Flammarion and Gallimard dropping charges against Google for not gaining prior permission to digitize books in copyright from their catalogs. The current live link on this topic is in the Bookseller.com news.
From revues.org New Books and Journals, we learn that revues.org now includes Collections de l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement Pouvoirs dans la Caraïbe, Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, and In Situ.
Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)'s La vidéo de vendredi page posts all videos from 2011 with notices, summaries and embedding links provided.
A new page has been added to the Villa I Tatti site, online home of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Renaissance Events - Florence lists events in the province of Florence from October 2011 onward.
The Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Roma has launched a poll, Collections 1914-1918 Europeana, to learn more about First World War research interests as Europeana develops its digital collections in this area. By 2014, 400,000 digital objects will be added.
Thanks to Claude Potts for alerting us to the partnering of the CILEA Interuniversity Consortium of Italy with the CLOCKSS Archive. On June 25, 2011, the CLOCKSS news site reported that the following libraries would participate: the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, University of Milan, University of Bergamo, University of Verona, Instituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS), and Istituto Universitario Europeo of Fiesole (IUE).
Some Publications of the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli are now freely available for download as PDFs from its website.
Thanks to Sarah Wenzel for drawing our attention to two news notes. Le Livre numérique en Italie in Attualité (May 2011). A few months later, Mondadori signed an agreement with Amazon to make books available on the Kindle as also reported in Attualité: Livre numérique: L’Italie ouvre ses portes au Kindle.
In September, the National Library of Spain announced an agreement to collaborate with the Casa Árabe to add records for items in Arabic script to its database: La BNE integra registros en árabe en su base de datos.
The Spanish Ministry of Culture has published its Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices in Spain: Encuesta de hábitos y prácticas culturales 2010-2011, a follow-up to the work done in 2006/2007.
mienciclo.blog is a good source of news on a range of topics related to the educational and cultural life of Spain. The blog is sponsored by the Grupo Enciclo, a consortium of entities interested in the advancement of the Spanish language.
The XXIX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI) will be held in Cádiz, July 3-6, 2012. With the general theme of cultural dialogue, key topics will be Latin American theater and literary connections in Latin American culture's diverse landscape.
dosdoce is the cultural portal where technologies and all who work in the cultural sector meet. Javier Celaya, who heads the initiative, recently wrote an article for Publishing Perspectives: Why Spanish Publishing is the Next Digital Battleground, August 2011. Thanks to Ann Snoeyenbos for alerting WESSies to this article. See also dosdoce's blog, Comunicación Cultural.
Newly added to ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) is Metabiblioteca-bib, with links to searchable repositories in Latin American countries. The browsing arrangement is by Dewey category with the majority of holdings in the sciences and social sciences as of this writing.
The WorldCat blog carried the news in May 2011 that WorldCat has been translated into Portuguese. The article also notes that 2 million Portuguese-language records from collections in Brazil and Portugal are included in this major catalog, the majority added since June 30, 2010.
The Archivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo features a document of the month on its site.
Two interesting music resources have come to my attention:
1. O Centro de Investigação & Informação da Música Portuguesa, a subscription site with images, audio and biographies, interviews, discographies. Some information is freely available on this site.
2. Espaço Crítica para a Nova Música, sponsored by Miso Music Portugal and the Centro de Investigação & Informação da Música Portuguesa, is a forum for discussion of the visual arts, dance, architecture, literature, new technologies and psychological and sociological perspectives on contemporary art and music. Reviews, critical reflections and a selection of videos of performances and installations are presented.
The Max-Planck Institut's Digitization Lifecycle, February 2011-January 2013, will focus on its efforts to ensure infrastructure sustainability.
The Nuclear Crisis website has updated its workshop summaries with Die Nuklearkrise: Der Nato‐Doppelbeschluss und die Friedensbewegung der 1980er Jahre. The site hosts a rich array of resources, oral histories, documents, an image gallery, videos, reviews, reports, bibliographies, museums & memorials among them. The site's collaborators include: the German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington; the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ), Munich/Berlin; the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), University of Heidelberg; and the University of Augsburg, Transatlantic History.
First Business News reported on October 9, 2011 that Axel Springer was making a bid for WAZ Mediengruppe, the second largest German newspaper company: Dividing to Conquer a Newspaper Empire in Germany. The article highlights the anti-cartel issues associated with this news.
In a creative approach to exploring and promoting cultural dialogue, the Austrian National Library will continue adding to an exhibit of Interkultureller Dialog im Spiegel alter Schriften. From May through December 2011, different examples of ancient handwriting in Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Arabic book cultures will be on display.
swissbib has received funding for 2012 and its blog mentions these 2011 developments: swissbib is now accessible via the Karlsruhe Virtual Katalog (KVK). Image collections were added to the database, notably the Swiss Posters Collection from the Swiss National Library (NL), the Bibliothèque de Genève (BGE), the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel (BPU NE), the Médiathèque Valais and the Museum of Transport.
In June, swissinfo.ch reported State support for the arts to be overhauled. If approved by the House of Representatives this fall, the Federal Culture Office will markedly increase funding for literature, dance, theatre and music from 2012-2015.
DEFF (Denmark's Electronic Research Library) published its first progress report in June 2011. The status report covers thirteen new projects and their development from January to April 2011.
The National Library of Norway took a survey in June 2011 to determine what readers would most like to see in an exhibition on national memory. The results informed Nasjonens kummelse, with originals on exhibit in October 2011 accompanied by ongoing online exhibits, an online gallery of items and a guided tour and film.
The National Library of Finland's online newsletter is replete with news and information. Among recent news is the article, The National Library published the online version of the 1000-year-old Theorica Pantegni, describing the digitization of Finland's oldest bound manuscript, the Theorica Pantegni, a mediaeval medical textbook.
This year saw the launch of the Comellus project, a three-year project addresssing the electronic deposit and archiving of newspapers at the Mikkeli-based Centre for Preservation and Digitisation. Funding is provided by the EU's European Social Fund, the South Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, the City of Mikkeli and the National Library.
In other news, check out the article, The National Library's travel-themed treasures digitised for open online use. Part of the EuropeanaTravel project, the travel books were published in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The National Library of the Netherlands has made its contract with Google (to digitize 160,000 free-of-copyright books) available online: KB makes contract with Google public.
The Lisbon Council, incorporated in Belgium and dedicated to policy innovation, held the 2011 Digital Agenda Summit: New Sources of Growth and Innovation in early October 2011. Text of the talks is available. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, spoke about the following key issues in a presention titled, The Digital Agenda: Europe's key driver of growth and innovation, 2011: the digital single market, digital content and open data, trust and privacy online, broadband for all, and cloud computing. A video of Kroes' Guglielmo Marconi Lecture is also linked from the site above.
The National Library of Belgium (and later the National Library of France) is mounting an exhibit, Miniatures Flamandes / New Perspectives on Flemish Illumination. A colorful online newsletter and a virtual exhibit are being published.
The National Library of Luxembourg's blog, Consortium Luxembourg, features news items, but is somewhat unusual in that it also includes resource updates (news on e-book packages, new e-resources and scholarly publishing) and a How-To Series / Manuel d’Utilisation of illustrated research tips for its readers. Consortium partners are the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, Centre de Recherche Publique (CRP) Gabriel Lippmann, CRP Henri Tudor, CRP Santé and l'Université du Luxembourg.
CODART is the network of curators of art from the Low Countries, providing a resource for Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide. In addition to events, a directory of members, a listing of museums worldwide and publications, the site also features a Research Guide.
The Preservation Advisory Center at the British Library has published new information and data updating the surveys undertaken in 2006 of preservation needs in the United Kingdom. Findings will be found in Knowing the need 2012
The American Antiquarian Society published The Promise and Peril of Universal Libraries, by Professor Adrian Johns, University of Chicago, a transcript of his February 2011 talk at the San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair.
Guildhall 600 Events describes its offerings to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Guildhall Library. A display of the City of London's copy of Magna Carta (1297) was on public display in September.
The Center for Research Libraries held a Webinar “News Preservation and Access,” on July 13, 2011, exploring the report, Preserving News in the Digital Environment: Mapping the Newspaper Industry in Transition, April 27, 2011.
Espresso Book Machine is the site for news related to printing on demand. Recent posts include agreements between the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) (see also French Resources) and other agreements with Google Merchant Center, Harper Collins, University of Pittsburgh Press and others in just the past month.
Recently posted on October 5, 2011 was the notice, ProQuest Unlocks New Paths for Research of Key African American Writers. Access to Henry Louis Gates's Black Literature, 1827-1940, a microfiche collection, is now provided through deep links to digital versions in ProQuest’s Black Studies Center and Historical Black Newspapers.
The UK's Research Information Network and the Joint Information Systems Committee published Data centres: their use, value and impact in August 2011.
In May 2011, the American Association of University Presses released its Spring 2011 Digital Book Publishing Survey Report. The report updates earlier findings, and complements the March 2011 publication, Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Economic Models for University Presses.
The Brookings Podcasts feature weekly podcasts of their experts' talks on policy research. RSS feeds for these podcasts as well as for news, events and publications are available.
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