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You’ve Got to See it Before You Can Read it! Making Ancient Texts and Images Available on the Web

You’ve Got to See it Before You Can Read it! Making Ancient Texts and Images Available on the Web | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The great problem is that so few repositories of ancient books make digital images of their material available in truly useful ways: the data needs to be free, it needs to be published at the resolution at which it is captured, and it needs to be presented outside any fancy interfaces so that others can ingest it and use it as they like with the least “friction” possible. The web of medieval manuscripts in the future isn’t going to be built by institutions; it’s going to be built by users who are going to present the data as they want to present it, to answer the questions that they want to ask. The institutions need only provide the data – but they do have to provide the data! The result is that images from these manuscripts are now the easiest images to find of medieval manuscripts on the web: just try finding them on a Google image search! The traditional audience for these materials is grateful, and entirely new audiences have been reached.
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This is what curation is all about, making data available in an open environment.
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Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web

Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency. A form of authorship, if you will. Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship ..."

 

In this article, Maria Popova, "one of the web's foremost experts on the art of curation," is launching The Curator's Code,  a system to "honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web."  Here she offers both a code of ethics and a common standard for borrowing and sharing.

 

Other related articles on the Curator's Code: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/the-curators-guide-to-the-galaxy/254294/

 

http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/we-are-all-curators/

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