CrowdSource works with national clients such as BazaarVoice, Citysearch, Dictionary.com, and ToysRUs, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they have recently launched Transcribe.com, which adds audio and video transcription solutions to its list of managed crowdsourcing solutions. This interesting news was found on Digital Journal in their article, “CrowdSource Expands With Launch of Crowd-Powered Transcription Company.”
The Church of the Latter Day Saints are notorious for their genealogy, archiving, and indexing of familial and church history. Now the Catholic church is in the business of preserving history digitally, at least in one archdiocese. The new director of the archdiocesan Office of Archives and Records, Claire Galloway Jenkins, arrived recently at the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, ready to get started.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared on the Colbert Report this week where he stressed the importance of both preschool and post-secondary education to host Stephen Colbert. Studies have shown there is a seven to one return on investment when children attend preschool.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has entered into an agreement with BiblioLabs. The result of this partnership will result in increased access to historical content and enable libraries, museums, and other institutions to make digital content from their internal repositories available to others. We found this topic on Consumer Electronics in their article, “EBSCO Announces Agreement to Sell Products from BiblioLabs and Include Metadata in EBSCO Discovery Service.”
For those of us who gave in and went to the “dark side” of publishing, i.e. e-readers, finding digital books that you can loan or borrow beyond the minimalistic approach Kindle offers has long been a dream. This is why when I read about Oyster, I literally thought I heard angels sing. Okay, maybe just one.
What exactly is a virtual repository of metadata? The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched with a set of linked, accessible, digital materials from libraries, archives, and museums around the country. Their tag line is “A Wealth of Knowledge.”
Personal Archiving – Preserving Our Digital Heritage is a new release addressing digital archiving that may just be the first of its kind. This multi-authored work offers robust explorations of the emerging field of personal digital archiving. Edited by Donald T. Hawkins, the contributors cover a range of innovative projects and practical topics. Some of those include archiving individual and family histories, social media and email applications, academic research projects and Library of Congress initiatives. Hawkins and his contributors are passionate about personal archiving and that is obvious in this must-read. Information Today brought this topic to our attention in their review of “Personal Archiving.”
At the recent Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, the educational session addressed military archives best practice in the 21st century. The focus on the relevance and value of military archives to multidisciplinary research topics led into issues of processing massive amounts of digital records from the war in Iraq using innovative management and techniques.
I was reading my hometown paper today online. I am from a small town in Seymour, Indiana. In fact, “the small town” referred to in John Mellencamp’s so-named 80′s hit. The leading story was about digitizing records to make search work faster and with more comprehensive results. These deja vu moments almost surprise me in a very pleasing sort of way. It is like the universe is saying, “you made the right choices.”
A large collection of court records from the late 1800s are being converted into digital files by New Perspectives Inc. (NPI). Creating digital files that can be indexed, searched and accessed is an honorable task. The benefit here is that the employees hired by NPI are individuals with physical impairments that are learning job skills that will help them make a future for themselves.