ICDAT Taiwan wrap-up

The aforementioned Jerry and myself spent a good bit of time together in Taipei: after long days at the conference, we’d unwind visiting Longshan Temple, or cruising one of the famous nightmarkets in Taipei (the picture above is from Shilin). We also served together on the wrap-up panel of the conference, which sparked some interesting …

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More on ICDAT 2006

Jerry McDonough, another invited speaker at the ICDAT, kindly commented that my talk sparked 3 new ideas for research projects in his mind. I highlighted what I like to call “parallel descriptive technologies” in libraries, archives and museums – each community now has the claim of having created a complete suite of standards for describing …

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Buying our way out of the copyright dilemna?

A post on BoingBoing led me to this email from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. In it, Wales asks for: …some examples of works you would like to see made free, works that we are not doing a good job of generating free replacements for, works that could in theory be purchased and freed. Dream big. …

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ICDAT 2006 Tapei, Taiwan

Having recently returned from the International Conference on Digital Archive Technologies in Taiwan, I am still struck by both the event and the location. A note about Taipei: it has shopping malls of a size and number to make any upstanding American city greenback-green with envy, and they contrast rather strikingly with the Buddhist, Taoist …

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It’s a bird, it’s a satellite, it’s …

.. . . another high-flying digitization effort: Alouette Canada. The project, which officially launched in June 2006, recently gained a project director, the affable Mr. Brian Bell, former chair of the Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries (CIDL). I had a long and rewarding conversation with Brian last week, in which he revealed the inner workings …

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Web archiving for the election, anyone?

I recently got a notice from our friends at the Internet Archive that their Election 2006 web archive is open for business. You can nominate a web site (or sites) that you think should be crawled in order to help document the upcoming election. Go to http://www.archive.org/web/web.php (and scoll down a little, the bit on …

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Non-English Access Recommendations – Whacha think?

ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Task Force on non-English Access issued its report and recommendations on October 10 for public comment. I enjoyed working with many long-time colleagues from RLG partner institutions and area studies groups. Isn’t it a timely report when, as Merrilee mentioned, the US just passed the 300 …

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A day in the life…

Two interesting projects, both (mostly) taking place outside of “our” community. The Yahoo! Time Capsule: Between October 10 and November 8, people can submit photos, writings, etc. to document the 30-day time period. I took a quick peek at the site today, and the thing that struck me what how international it is — it …

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Archivist items

Kind of random, but I think these two go nicely together: John Battelle reveals a desire to archive advertising. Meanwhile, this cartoon refers to a new malady, “Archivaholism.” Could the two be related? Speaking of archives, there’s a newish blog maintained by Mark Matienzo called ArchivesBlog, “A collection of blogs by and for archivists.” Mark …

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