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Controlled Digital Lending Concept Gains Ground

As described in this article from Library Journal, copyright experts have started to build a framework for Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). For a library setting, the concept of using CDL is fairly simple. If the library owns a physical copy

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Thousands of undelivered letters from 1652-1815 to be digitized

The UK National Archives in London have a collection of over 4000 boxes containing over 160,000 undelivered letters, taken from ships that were captured by the British during the naval wars of the 17th-19th centuries. The mail was sent between

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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Field Museum Enlists Volunteers To Digitize & Catalog Collection

Spent the morning geeking out @FieldMuseum, logging specimen from all over the country to help preserve the future of science! The coolest volunteer work I’ve ever done! You can still help out online! #WeDigBio pic.twitter.com/aaCcNC2XMr — Kara Oko (@KaraOko) October

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Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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Digitizing the vast ‘dark data’ in museum fossil collections

The great museums of the world harbor a secret: They’re home to millions upon millions of natural history specimens that almost never see the light of day. They lie hidden from public view, typically housed behind or above the public exhibit halls,

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Digitizing Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks at The Victoria and Albert Museum

[Source] I believe sketchbooks and notebooks can be an even greater reflection of an artist’s mind than their finished works of art. Yet, people do not normally get the chance to take a peek at these types of documents. I

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Helen Keller Archives: A Lesson In Accessibility

By any of the several definitions I have seen in class so far, the purpose of any given archive of collection is to facilitate access and observation for future generations. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across a

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Digitizing Everything: Online Archives and Digital Collections

While researching topics for tomorrows “dorkshorts”, I came across a generous blogpost that gives an easy-to-understand run-down of archive digitization and it’s various difficulties. Written by Samantha Thompson, an archivist at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive in Ontario, Canada,

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National Geographic Creates Digital Vintage Map Archive

The above map is a panorama of London, hand-painted by seven National Geographic artists in 1961. It’s one of the more recent maps in the vast trove that the magazine has digitized — there are over 6,000 maps that date

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