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Creative Review - British Library adds one million images to Flickr

Creative Review - British Library adds one million images to Flickr | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
In what could well become one of the most interesting image collections on the web, the British Library has announced it has uploaded over one million images to Flickr from 65,000 books spanning from the 17th to the 19th ...
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Exciting development!

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British Library's early newspaper archive goes online

British Library's early newspaper archive goes online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing new (British Library's early newspaper archive goes online http://t.co/VOyZmNJP...)"

 

"More than 4m pages, drawn mainly from 19th-century regional newspapers, previously kept in decent obscurity at the library's newspaper archive in Colindale, north London, will now be available for historians and family researchers to browse for a small fee, or free if they visit the central library in King's Cross. All human life, not to say all the news fit to print, is certainly there, albeit written up in florid Victorian prose – great events, horrible murders reported in exhaustive detail, celebrity gossip, as well as the occasional intrusion into private grief."

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British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats, by Simon Sharwood

British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats, by Simon Sharwood | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @dhgermany: British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats http://t.co/mKz4Qhyk via @regvulture...

 

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor 


"File formats and the software capable of reading them are living longer than previously thought, according to a British Library and UK Web Archive study.

Formats over Time: Exploring UK Web History (PDF, slides as PDF) considers 2.5 billion files author Andrew N Jackson retrieved with the help of the Internet Archive and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). All the files come from “the UK web domain” and come from the period between 1996 and 2010."

 

"Our initial analysis supports Rosenthal's position; that most formats last much longer than five years, that network effects to appear to stabilise formats, and that new formats appear at a modest, manageable rate.

But he also warns that “a number of formats and versions that are fading from use, and these should be studied closely in order to understand the process of obsolescence.” ®"

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British Library launches iPhone and Android apps for new exhibition ...

British Library launches iPhone and Android apps for new exhibition ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

From IntoMobile: In an effort that seems designed to reach modern smartphone users, British Library is launching mobile apps for iOS and Android devices for the exhibition titled “Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination,” it shows illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries.

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