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Wall Street Journal article on University of Toronto's involvement in the Internet Archive/Open Content Alliance

This article from the Nov. 9 WSJ introduces readers of that publication to the Open Content Alliance, and also provides some photos of the custom book scanners being used at the U of T and some details of their scanning operation.

Most downloaded title in the Million Book Project

Ha ha. While using the Million Book Project's page at the Internet Archive today, I noticed that the "Most Downloaded Items" sidebar supplies the following numbers:

1. Ethics Of Sex Acts: 9,177 downloads
2. Advanced English Grammar: 2,680 downloads
3. Brief History Of Mathematics: 2,355 downloads
4. Early Jazz: 2,157 downloads
5. The handbook of soap manufacture: 2,045 downloads

A book on sex is 300% more popular than Advanced English Grammar and Brief History Of Mathematics? Who'd have predicted that?

An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life

As mentioned in today's Scout Report, An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life presents over 5000 photos taken by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Photos are arranged in fourteen categories (including People and Historical Figures, Misery, Religious Architecture, and Workers and Industry) and are accompanied by brief descriptions.

Internet Archive's Flipbook viewer

Roy Tennant on Web4Lib pointed out a blog posting by one of the developers of Flipbook, the Internet Archive's new Ajax-based page turner for its OpenLibrary. This type of page turner is not unique -- the British Library has had one for some time -- but it's great to see new implementations of it.

University of Michigan Library/Google Digitization Partnership FAQ

The University of Michigan has published this FAQ to clarify their agreement with Google to digitize material held in their Library. Topics include background for the agreement, technology issues, and an indication of what will be digitized ("Most of the University Library’s bound print collections will be digitized", not including Special Collections materials and extremely large format and unbound items).

UK Electronic Records Online service available

The UK National Archives has launched Electronic Records Online, a pilot system to make born-digital records from the Digital Archive are available on the web. The records include those of a number of high-profile public inquiries, departmental websites, and the records of parliamentary committees and royal commissions.

National Digitial Newspaper Program (NDNP) technical specs made available

"The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of all U.S. newspapers..." Technical information on the program is now available.

Churchill Speech Interactive

Churchill Speech Interactive offers a Flash-based interface to Sir Winston Churchill's ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, delivered on 5th March 1946 in Fulton, Missouri. The interface , called the Speech Player, "synchronises the audio of the speech with analytical tools, supporting commentary and a wealth of rich media resources."

European Libraries Fight Google-ization

Yesterday's Deutsche Welle published this article announcing that nineteen European national libraries are funding a project to counterbalance Google's anglocentric digitization of research library material. The European project aims to digitize 4.5 billion pages of text.

Google Print results starting to appear

As pointed out in this Slashdot posting, the results of Google's Print initiative are starting to appear in search results. Try searching for "book moll flanders" to see it in action.

However, even the scanned versions of works clearly in the public domain have "Copyrighted Material" printed down the right edge of pages... what the?

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