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2009-03-24 16:05:00

FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), providing conversion services and software to publishers, industry, government, libraries and documentation developers, has announced the completion of several conversion projects for Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases of 18th and 19th century American newspapers, periodicals and county histories. The South Carolina Gazette, South Carolina's first...

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2008-10-28 10:55:00

What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer's hard drive? The framed photograph will inevitably fade and yellow over time, but the digital photo file may be unreadable to future computers "“ an unintended consequence of our rapidly digitizing world that may ultimately lead to a "digital dark age," says Jerome P. McDonough, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science...

2008-09-25 15:00:56

Frost & Sullivan will host a live briefing on Tuesday, September 30, at 3:00 PM EDT to provide industry participants an overview of a recently published study focused on digitizing processes in healthcare institutions. The health care supply chain as a whole - from hospitals, to manufactures and distributors - is under extreme pressure to reduce costs and enhance efficiency. Digitizing hospitals' infrastructure became a challenge to streamline management and strength overall...

2008-09-10 09:00:19

By Miguel Helft Brad Stone contributed reporting. * Google has begun scanning microfilm from some newspapers' historical archives to make them searchable online, first through Google News and eventually on the newspapers' own Web sites, the company said. The new program announced Monday expands a two-year-old service that allows Google News users to search the archives of some major U.S. newspapers and magazines that were already available in digital form, including The New York...

2008-08-15 03:00:18

By Swartz, Nikki Facing massive budget cuts, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006 decided to close some of its physical research libraries and make the data available online instead. However, in its haste to do so, the EPA may have lost some files, according to government auditors. Testifying before the House Science and Technology Committee's Investigations and Oversight Committee, Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors said the EPAs push to digitize its libraries led...

2008-07-11 06:00:22

By Herbert, John Estlund, Karen Newspaper digitization is exploding. As we move through the first decade of the 21st century, the number of digital newspaper initiatives is growing rapidly, which brings the past firmly into our electronic present. This phenomenon isn't limited to the U.S.- the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) cites more than 40 countries with digital newspaper projects (http://icon.crl.edu/ digitization.htm). In the U.S., the National Digital Newspaper Program...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Anonymous Oh, Pooh!! This issue contains a very well-thought-out, carefully researched, cautionary article on the legal status and future of Google Book Search ("Good and Evil in the Garden of Digitization: Google and Fair Use" by Wallace Koehler, pp. 24-27, 57). Professor Koehler is a long-time contributor to Searcher magazine and a highly respected colleague. Nevertheless, based on sheer enthusiasm, idiosyncratic personal taste, visions of universal wisdom and joy, and a set of Harry...

2008-06-17 15:00:20

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jun. 15--TechMan remembers when the Internet was emerging in the '90s and newspapers and magazines carried glowing articles about how all human knowledge would be available to everyone in searchable form. ("Yes, son, Dad was alive in a time called the '80s when there was no World Wide Web and we were forced to listen to music by bands named Flock of Seagulls.") Well, it didn't quite turn out that way, but some people carry on one of those utopian...

2006-08-09 09:32:43

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers. The top Web search company said it will fund the scanning of "several million" of the 34 million titles in the University of California's libraries, as part of a year-and-a-half old project to make...

2006-08-09 01:05:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers. The top Web search company said it will fund the scanning of "several million" of the 34 million titles in the University of California's libraries, as part of a year-and-a-half old project to make major library...