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2013-06-19 23:14:50

British Library, Queens Public Library Among Those Implementing Platform to Improve Library Patron Media Experience Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 After providing the first demos for librarians at ALA in January and officially launching in late March, BiblioBoard is being quickly being adopted by academic, public and K-12 libraries across the globe. Early adopters of the technology include academic and research libraries such as the British Library, University of Pittsburgh, and Wake...

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2010-05-19 06:35:00

European researchers on Tuesday made their way into a top secret bunker in the Swiss Alps and deposited a "digital genome" that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using obsolete technology. The researchers, escorted by husky security guards dressed in black, carried a time capsule through a web of tunnels and five security checkpoints to a vault deep beneath the slopes of ski resort Gstaad. The capsule contains the key to unlock defunct digital formats and...

2010-02-25 05:00:00

LONDON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is working with the British Library on a project that will preserve and analyse terabytes of information on the Web before it is lost forever. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The new analytics software project, called IBM BigSheets, helps extract, annotate and visually analyse vast amounts of Web information using a Web browser. IBM's new technology prototype is helping the British...

2009-09-24 13:20:00

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, part of Cengage Learning, along with The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), have made nineteenth-century British newspapers available on the internet. The database, known as "British Newspapers, 1800-1900" and available at http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs/, gives users access to over two million newspaper pages from 49 different national and regional newspapers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland....

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2009-07-06 15:00:00

The surviving parts of the Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest Bible, were brought online on Monday to the delight of scholars seeking to unlock its mysteries. The text was hand-written on animal hide, known as vellum, by four scribes during the mid-fourth century in Greece "“ around the time that the Roman emperor Constantine the Great embraced Christianity. "The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world's greatest written treasures," Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the...

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2009-04-24 09:05:02

A trove of Benjamin Franklin letters has turned up in the British Library. Discovered by University of California, San Diego professor Alan Houston, the letters are copies of correspondence that hasn't been seen in more than 250 years. All dating from the spring and summer of 1755, the 47 letters by, to and about Franklin are in the hand of one Thomas Birch, a contemporary of Franklin's who was a prodigious "“ almost inveterate "“ compiler and transcriber of historical documents....


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.