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Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works | Reuters   Leave a comment

“Reuters – The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana BAV said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books.The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields.With approximately two-thirds of the material coming from the BAV and the remainder from the Bodleian, the digitization effort will also benefit scholars by uniting virtually materials that have been dispersed between the collections for centuries.

“Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space which have in the past restricted access to knowledge,” Bodleys librarian Sarah Thomas said.”Scholars will be able to interrogate these documents in fresh approaches as a result of their online availability.

“The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound $3.17 million award from the Polonsky Foundation.”The service to humanity which the Vatican Library has accomplished over almost six centuries, by preserving its cultural treasures and making them available to readers, finds here a new avenue which confirms and amplifies its universal vocation through the use of new tools, thanks to the generosity of the Polonsky Foundation and to the sharing of expertise with the Bodleian Libraries,” Holy See Librarian Cardinal Raffaele Farina said.”

via Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works | Reuters.

Posted April 13, 2012 by arnoneumann in Digital_City

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NYC Digital   Leave a comment

This isn’t just for a large City like New York…it can the pro-active initiative of any progressive community.

“The mission of nyc digital is to create a healthier civil society and stronger democracy through the use of technology that engages, serves, and connects New Yorkers.

To this end, it coordinates digital citywide initiatives that support the efficient exchange

of information and services between the public and the City of New York government.

This includes the user experience and content of, 311 online, crowdsourcing and participatory media initiatives, and the coordination of social media efforts. It is responsible for ensuring that social media policies are up-to-date and followed by all managers, and that design, style, and engagement quality is consistent across the digital experience.

In collaboration with DOITT and edc, nyc Digital also supports the development of public-private partnerships and developer community relations in the digital media sector and advises on the City’s Open Government strategy. nyc Digital works closely with DOITT and edc to support their efforts, and advises citywide on digital strategy, policies, and tools. nyc Digital was established by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in July 2010 within the newly formed Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.”


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Posted June 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in Digital_City

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