New Indian Express: Natural history museum library to go online; rare collections to be digitised

New Indian Express: Natural history museum library to go online; rare collections to be digitised. “The library functions under the Department of Museums and Zoos. It has a collection of about 7,000 books, out of which 500 books fall under the rare collection category. Most of the flora and fauna inside the museum premises have been documented along with lesser-known assets. All the artefacts in the museum including ancient coins and original paintings by Raja Ravi Varma are being photographed to form an online database of the museum’s riches and heritage”

Geographical: Revolutionising research through digitisation

Geographical: Revolutionising research through digitisation. Geographical is the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society. “As part of our commitment to make the Society’s Collections more accessible for research purposes such as these, and to support teaching and learning, we are working with Wiley Digital Archives to digitise hundreds of thousands of items from the archives. The result is an online portal that enables digital access to a variety of both published and unpublished material, revolutionising access to the Collections, while preserving them for years to come.”

CTech: Breathing Life Into Yesterday’s News

CTech: Breathing Life Into Yesterday’s News. “The digitization of the archive of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, one of the world’s largest digitization projects to date, is currently underway in a former Jerusalem brothel.”

New York Times: Get Those Records, Tapes and CDs Onto Your Smartphone

New York Times: Get Those Records, Tapes and CDs Onto Your Smartphone. “In addition to making files that play on your smartphone or media server, digitizing your analog audio creates an electronic archive you can store online for safekeeping. The steps for converting your old recordings vary on the formats and equipment you have, but here’s a general outline of the process and the equipment you may need.”

Opening a searchable treasure trove: Old Manchester newspapers being digitized (Hartford Courant)

Hartford Courant: Opening a searchable treasure trove: Old Manchester newspapers being digitized. “The conversion of 431 rolls of microfilm — every page of each paper — into online, searchable formats is underway and should be done early in the new year. The project of the Manchester Historical Society, which has raised $12,800 of the estimated total cost of up to $15,000, reflects state and nationwide efforts to preserve old newspapers and make them available to anyone with a computer.”

Brown University: Digitization of Historic Campus Speeches with CLIR Grant

Brown University: Digitization of Historic Campus Speeches with CLIR Grant . “The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Brown University Library $23,215 from its Recordings at Risk program. One of 13 projects selected out of 34 to receive grants from the program, the Library’s proposal, ‘Brown University Archives Audio-Visual Collection: Global Perspectives from Campus Speeches,’ will allow us to digitize and make available to the public a large selection of audio and video recordings of speeches by leading public figures invited to Brown between 1950 and 1995. “

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science

Popular Science: Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science. “The fact that we can learn the story of a 22-year-old goose today is due to a large effort to digitize millions of avian profiles from paper and microfilm. Contractors did much of the labor, but a group of college-aged students also played a significant role by uploading 500,000 Bird Banding Laboratory records. The contractors made $1 per record. The students, who were autistic, earned nothing.”