Once complete, users will be able to peruse the collection on Google Books and The British Library’s website, with Google providing downloadable versions and the ability to conduct full text searches. The materials include pamphlets, books and periodicals from 1700-1870 in a variety of European languages. Chief Executive of The British Library, Dame Lynne Brindley said in a press release : In the nineteenth century it was an ambition of our predecessors to give everybody access to as much of the world’s information as possible, to ensure that knowledge was not restricted to those who could afford private libraries. We are delighted to be partnering with Google on this project and through this partnership believe that we are building on this proud tradition of giving access to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Over the process of the digitization, around 40 million pages will have to be scanned.
Coin collecting has always taken aim for the elderly crowd. It’s a hobby that doesn’t take too much effort, fairly easy to maintain and can really pay off in the long run. However, the Royal Dutch Mint is out to bring the future to their currency.
A new company says it can build cameras where you don’t have to decide how to focus the image until after taking a shot. The basic principle of Lytro is remarkably simple: the camera is set up to capture all available data from the light that can be captured by the lens, rather than putting particular emphasis on the part that is in focus. The user can then play about with the image later on and get the shot they really wanted.
The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrated the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition featured approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career.