Who owns the digital version of books?

December 17, 2009

Interesting article about licensing of older works (print) and ownership…

But the question of exactly who owns the electronic rights to such older titles is in dispute, making it a rising source of conflict in one of the publishing industry’s last remaining areas of growth.

Call for papers (Intellectual Property conference)

December 14, 2009

Call for papers: Conference on Intellectual Property, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

April 30-May 1, 2010; (cfp deadline: Feb. 5, 2010)

Iona College announces the Second Conference on Intellectual Property to be held at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, April 30 – May 1, 2010. The keynote address will be presented by James Boyle.*

In our second year, the Conference on Intellectual Property will continue to explore intellectual property in a cross-disciplinary context. What is it, how has it evolved as a concept, and in what ways do we feel its practical and theoretical impact upon academic, economic, legal and technological fields? From plagiarism, to patent law, to the Creative Commons and beyond, the conference is sure to offer a remarkable breadth and depth of insights and approaches to what may well be the defining issue of our time. Come join the conversation!

Selected essays will be published in a proposed collection for a peer-reviewed press.

500-word Papers/Panel abstracts or complete papers should be submitted by February 5th, 2010 to Shannon Donlon at sdonlon@iona.edu. Questions can be directed to Dr. Amy Stackhouse at: astackhouse@iona.edu.

2010 Conference Information will soon be available at: www.iona.edu/cip

*James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. He is the author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind and Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society. He writes widely on issues of intellectual property, internet regulation and legal theory. He was one of the founding board members of Creative Commons (www.creativecommons.org), which works to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals and institutions can attach to their work. He served as a board member from 2002 until 2009, the last year as Chairman of the board. He was also a co-founder of Science Commons (www.sciencecommons.org), which aims to expand the Creative Commons mission into the realm of scientific and technical data, and of ccLearn (learn.creativecommons.org), which works to promote the development and use of open educational resources. Professor Boyle is also a member of the academic advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center (www.epic.org), the Connexions (cnx.rice.edu) open-source courseware project, and of Public Knowledge (www.publicknowledge.org). In addition, he continues to write an online column for the Financial Times‘ New Economy Policy Forum (news.ft.com/comment/columnists/neweconomy).

National Historical Park database with Edison-era sound recordings

December 13, 2009
Sounds interesting....
The National Park Service (NPS) Library Program recently loaded the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (TENHP) MARC-format database of recorded sound holdings into the NPS Voyager catalog. The NPS
Voyager catalog is available for public searches on-line at http://www.library.nps.gov/ .

The TENHP database in Voyager includes MARC-format data for the 10,000 cylinder records and 28,000 disc records preserved at Edison’s Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. The majority of the phonograph records in the collection are Edison recordings made between 1888 and 1929. The collection also includes some Edison-era
recordings made by competing companies. The project to create the MARC-format database began in 1995 and completed in 2005.

To limit a search in Voyager to the TENHP records only, follow these
- Go to the NPS Library Information center, on-line at
- Under "NPS Voyager Catalog", click on "search."
- Choose "Basic Search".
- Click on the list titled "Optionally limit to major NPS library."
- Choose TENHP, listed under "Major Park Libraries."

For more information, please contact:
Jerry Fabris, Museum Curator
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
211 Main Street
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
tel: (973) 736-0550, ext. 48
fax: (973) 736-8496
website: http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm
email: gerald_fabris@nps.gov

Institutional Repository News

November 7, 2009

… the group will offer repository-related services, including personnel to scan physical media to digital formats, to check on rights for publishing materials, assist in content submission and offer the opportunity to store research materials in the MetaArchive Cooperative, a collaborative repository effort between Emory University, Georgia Tech and 13 other research institutions. The Cooperative is a member-driven organization that has been funded by the Library of Congress and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


New historical resources

August 10, 2009

lots of cool stuff.
The Digital Library of Georgia and its partners have recently released several new digital collections as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative:

Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive, 1808-1920 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/milledgeville/

Columbus Enquirer, 1828-1890 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/enquirer/

Macon Telegraph, 1826-1908 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/telegraph/

(These newspaper databases require a one-time free plug-in download to view images.)

Georgia State Fair, Macon, 1886-1960 (in partnership with the Middle Georgia Archives, Middle Georgia Regional Library) http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/gastatefair/

African American Funeral Programs from the East Central Georgia Regional Library (in partnership with ECGRL) http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/funeral/

Also, reintroducing:

Hall County Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (in partnership with Hall County Public Library) http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/hchp_search.html

Black History Society Photograph Collection (in partnership with Hall County Public Library) http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/bhsp_search.html

Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu).

HP, MIT bolster DSpace open-source archives

April 11, 2008

Kind of old news at this point (it’s been floating around in my inbox!), but I find it interesting that someone from the Internet Archive has been appointed the director of the DSpace Foundation. Verrry interesting…


Users of DSpace digital-archiving technology will now receive help and support via a not-for-profit organization set up by the creators of the tool, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Announced Wednesday, the DSpace Foundation will provide support to more than 200 institutions around the world that use the open-source online tool to manage their digital document archives, HP and MIT said.

The organizations also announced that Michele Kimpton, formerly of the Internet Archive, has been appointed as director of the DSpace Foundation.

more at


digital video and compatibility

November 18, 2007

I have a kind of old video/dvd converter/player thingie which works OK, but compatibility is a serious problem.

The problem I am having now is that apparently only DVD+RW VIDEO works in my machine. I am also wondering if only the Maxwell brand ones will work.

I recently transferred a conference meeting to DVD but something went terribly wrong — sound is almost nonexistent (no it’s not like that on the original recording). I used a DVD+RW disc, but apparently I need to find one that also designates Video. Can you download firmware upgrades for standalone dvd players? Is there such a thing and how would I do it? I have decided that these companies need to get their acts together and STANDARDIZE.

For example, my digital camera shoots video in .mov format. I have to convert it with appropriate codecs to avi (using a conversion software I purchased separately) so that I can then use it ulead or windows moviemaker. My camera is not an apple product and there’s no choice of format for the movie (although I can shoot raw, tif, or jpg for still images).

I’m not so worried about the dvd conversion at this point, as I’m not buying vhs and I’m not shooting in vhs anymore, either. I WOULD like to find a good opensource video editing software that works with .mov, .avi, and .wmv though, so any suggestions are greatly.

..and don’t get me started on the curse of wma. I won’t be buying any more music that is wma format, either. I understand the need to control legally purchased music, but when I lose music that I have paid for (new player, new computer, + old computer + old pda) I am not a happy camper. Thankfully, I still have my mp3s to listen to.

More on google’s book-scanning project

December 4, 2006

U. of Virginia joins Google’s book-scanning project

Following hot on the heels of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which joined Google’s amibitious library-digitization effort last month, the University of Virginia has signed on to the project.


more links: state of digitization in libraries

April 6, 2006

An IMLS Report on the Status of Technology and Digitization in the
Nation’s Museums and Libraries