Web Readings Weekly Roundup (27th September)

Have you played with Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.”

For the first time, the annual meeting of AHA will feature a nearly two dozen of series on Digital History. These series will include workshops, demonstrations, a THATCamp, and several presentations about digital methods and tools applied to History.

On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold their work.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (20th September)

A study from British Library about rights clearance. The study examines the issue of orphan works, works for which the rightsholders cannot be traced. This is a problem for libraries and other institutions that work with mass digitisation. The study compared the manual rights clearance “it took an average of 4 hours research and clearance activity per book” with the use of ARROW project tools “In contrast the use of the ARROW system would take less than 5 minutes per title to upload the catalogue records and check the results.

An interactive website that teaches some basic programming concepts.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (13th September)

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (6th September)