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The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection

The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection
Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giant Deloitte. I, for one, find this encouraging. One such archive, the British Library’s Flickr Commons project, contains over one million images from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. One of the quirky features of this decidedly quirky assemblage is the Mechanical Curator, a bot-run blog that generates “randomly selected small illustrations and ornamentations, posted on the hour.” The Flickr Commons site itself gives us a much more conventional organization, with images—most of them discovered by the Mechanical Curator—grouped into several dozen themed albums. Related Content: 2,200 Radical Political Posters Digitized: A New Archive Related:  General Digital CollectionsTwit-links

The Online Books Page Glasgow Incunabula Project update (15/9/15) | University of Glasgow Library The prolific printer Anton Koberger has already featured in a number of blogs. Our copy of his magnificent 1483 German Bible was the arresting opener to our exhibition Ingenious Impressions, and I wrote about this book back in May. Koberger Bible (now Sp Coll Euing Add. f52) As explained then, this Bible – formerly known as Sp Coll BD19-b.2 – was previously assigned to the collection of William Euing. However, research on its provenance showed that it was actually acquired by the University in 1914 (forty years after Euing’s bequest). Map of Northern Europe from the Nuremberg Chronicle Title-page This batch also includes our two copies of one of the most successful books of the incunabula period: the Nuremberg Chronicle, printed by Koberger in 1493. The work was planned and financed by two Nuremberg merchants, Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, who commissioned the best craftsmen of the day to produce the book. The diversity of early men The British Isles Like this: Like Loading...

10 Tips for Architectural Photography | Heritage Calling We are often impressed by beautiful buildings but when we lift the camera (or our smartphone) to capture what it is that has impressed us, the result is often a little flat. James O. Davies gives his best tips to taking architectural photos so that the next time you snap, hopefully you’ll come away with something that may even be worth framing. 1. James O. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Remember, the perfect picture doesn’t exist, but you can get close! The first major book to explore English architecture between 1945 and 1975 in its entirety is published today.

Directory of Journals Welcome to the AHA's Directory of History Journals. This database provides helpful links to peer-reviewed English-language journals that publish in all fields of history. Just choose a subject category from the list below and the journal's description and submission information are a mouse-click away. Of course, no one's perfect. Browse alphabetically: Structuralist Methods in a Post-Structuralist Humanities The topic of this conference (going on now!) at Utrecht University raises an issue similar to the one raised in my article at LSE’s Impact Blog: DH’ists have been brilliant at mining data but not always so brilliant at pooling data to address the traditional questions and theories that interest humanists. Here’s the conference description (it focuses specifically on DH and history): Across Europe, there has been much focus on digitizing historical collections and on developing digital tools to take advantage of those collections. And here’s what I said in my Impact Blog article, using as an example my own personal hero’s research in literary geography: [Digital humanists] certainly re-purpose and evoke one another’s methods, but to date, I have not seen many papers citing, for example, Moretti’s actual maps to generate an argument not about methods but about what the maps might mean. I realize now that the problem is still one of method—or, more precisely, of method incompatibility.

How digital tech can bridge gaps between museums and audiences | Culture professionals network Is the “digital divide” still a phenomenon for museums? Lack of internet access for many people used to mean missing out on all that cultural heritage had to offer online. These days we may no longer worry whether our audiences are regularly connected to the internet, but we do make attempts to check whether our social media presence is reaching the right people. The rise of the (often risible) idea of the contemporary “digital native” has sometimes made even museums wonder whether they’re on the wrong side of the divide, unable to provide as many digital experiences as apparantly required by a technology-hungry younger generation. Perhaps the concept of a single digital divide itself belongs in a museum? Sometimes you have to collaborate with others in order to reach your audiences and digitised collections are a fertile site for creative collaborations. Collaborating with creative practitioners is one way to forge new connections with local audiences.

Chronicling America INTRODUCING GIT-LIT | JONATHAN REEVE A vibrant discussion followed my March 15th post, "A Proposal for a Corpus Sharing Protocol.". Carrie Schroeder, Allen Riddel and others on Twitter pointed out that, especially in non-English DH fields, many corpora are already on GitHub. These include texts from the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association, the Open Greek and Latin Project at Leipzig, and papyri from the Integrating Digital Papyrology Project. The Text Creation Partnership has released some 25,000 of their texts in January of this year, and uploaded them to GitHub. One such application might lie with the 68,000 digital texts recently created by the British Library. Git-Lit aims to parse, version control, and post each work in the British Library's corpus of digital texts. Why This is Important Git-Lit addresses these issues: Electronic Texts are difficult to edit. How it Works A British Library text contains ALTO XML textual data as well as a Library of Congress METS XML metadata file. Future Phases of this Project

Eight reasons the new National Trust website is funkier than yours "Oh, he lives in a house, a very big house in the country." Join me in song as I celebrate one of the most beloved institutions in the UK and the launch of its new website. Yes, it's the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, or simply National Trust for short. Here are some cool bits from its new responsive website, developed with Digitas LBI. Ghost buttons... Lovely stuff. This nice bit of CSS helps every call to action look a little more elegant and means they don't have to detract as much from content. ...including the best call to action ever written There's nothing more to say about this, other than it's not a euphemism, and you can click through below if you'd like to go. Colour and contrast The National Trust is about cultural heritage, but a shorthand for that is beauty. So, it's very pleasing that the new Trust website has such bold colouring and contrast throughout. Below is a selection of elements that stood out. A long-arsed membership landing page

World Digital Library Home Urges Elsevier to Revise Policy That Impedes Sharing of Scholarship image CC-BY-SA by Libby Levi for opensource.comIn April 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles, which imposes excessive restrictions on authors and institutions, employs embargo periods that are counter to the requirements established by the Canadian and US governments, and, more fundamentally, impedes the sharing of information by scholars that is so fundamental to the research process. Shortly after Elsevier announced its new policy, criticism of the policy began to pour in from around the world from members of the research community, research and academic libraries, consortia, and more. The widely shared concerns with the new policy ultimately led to a statement in May requesting that Elsevier rethink this policy. ARL and a significant number of ARL member libraries signed on to that statement. We hope that this letter serves as an opportunity for engagement and dialogue with the scholarly community, including libraries. About ARL

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