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digitization initiative via Open Access News by Gavin Baker on 30/10/08
PALINET, a regional library network in the U.S., launched a
digitization project on October 21, 2008. See the press release or this
story in Library Journal:
... [T]he PALINET regional library network recently announced its Mass
Digitization Collaborative, supported in part by a grant from the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Through the project, PALINET member
libraries will be able to scan and digitize selected texts as the
result of an ongoing partnership with the Internet Archive and its
regional network of digitization centers.
Participants will receive high-quality versions of the digital
editions, which will also be made freely available through Archive.org
The goal, according to Catherine C. Wilt, PALINET’s executive director,
is to make available more than “20 million pages of text from PALINET
members,” equivalent to approximately 60,000 books.
Only works free of copyright restrictions and with existing metadata
are eligible for the project. Moreover, member institutions are
“strongly encouraged” to select unique texts and items of local and
regional significance. ...
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