The British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin, gain powers to archive the entire UK web, along with e-journals, e-books and other formats.
Curators and other experts from all the participating libraries have chosen the 100 Websites to mark the passing of the new regulations. They will judge which will be essential reading for future generations researching our life and times in 2013. From the homepage of a Scottish bus shelter to big culture-changers like Facebook and eBay. the choices are here.
What do you think? They want to know.Which UK websites not included on this list would you want future generations to remember? Please note that the regulations enable us to archive websites that end in .uk, or that are created or published in the UK.
You can join the debate and tell us which websites would be on your list on Twitter using the #digitaluniverse hashtag…
This Virtual Library will be at Philadelphia’s Suburban Station till the end of April. Commuters will be able to download books, music and podcasts from over 70 advertising boards located inside the station.
Over 50 titles are available for immediate download: 15 classic books, 13 current bestselling titles, and 22 podcasts from a popular Author Events Series. Users can download the content to their mobile devices by scanning relevant QR codes.
The classics and podcasts are open access, but if you want to download a bestseller through Overdrive, you’ll need to provide a library card number. In addition to the Virtual Library, Philly Free Library sponsors the ‘What are you reading?’ giveaway.
One of the oldest libraries in the world, the Vatican Apostolic Library is planning to digitize many of the rarest and most valuable documents in existence, including the 42 line Latin Bible of Gutenberg. EMC announced that it is providing 2.8 petabytes of storage to support the Vatican Library digitization project which consists of a catalogue of 80,000 historic manuscripts and 8,900 “incunabula” (a book printed before 1501).
EMC will help the Vatican preserve delicate texts in an ISO-certifiable digital format to protect these manuscripts from deterioration and decay from repeated handling. The final stages will result in 40 million pages preserved in digital reproductions. Working with its systems integrator partner Dedagroup, EMC will provide 2.8 petabytes of storage capacity across its various storage solutions over the first phase of the nine-year project, which is expected to take three years.
Monsignor Cesare Pasini, said “The Apostolic Library contains some of the oldest texts in the world that represent a priceless legacy of history and culture,” Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library. “It’s very important that these documents are protected, and at the same time made available to scholars around the world. Thanks to the generosity and expertise of supporters such as EMC we are able to meet these goals, preserving a treasure-trove of rare and unique texts in a format that will not suffer from the passage of time.”
Michele Liberato, President, EMC Italy said “The Apostolic Library is one of the oldest libraries in the world and we have a duty to ensure that the knowledge and beauty of the manuscripts in it are available to all in the future. This project will help to preserve and make available a unique heritage of knowledge.”
An Alliance of Western democracies including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada has rejected a proposed treaty over concerns it hands repressive governments too much authority over the Internet.
Ambassador Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation to the Dubai summit “This conference was never meant to focus on Internet issues and the Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years — all without U.N. regulation.”
Delegates from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, the Philippines, Poland, and the Czech Republic also said they could not sign the proposed International Telecommunication Union treaty, which is scheduled to be finished by today. Kenya’s delegate appeared to take the same position, saying “we reserve our rights” to “go back home and do more consultations” before signing, and India has signaled it agrees with the U.S. position. Japan’s delegation said needed to consult with Tokyo before proceeding.
Deep divisions became apparent over the mere mention of “human rights obligations” in the treaty — a proposal that China and Iran opposed — and whether the U.N. was the proper organization to oversee key decisions about how the Internet should be managed. Currently groups including the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, fulfill that role.
Canada said it was forced to reject the proposed treaty because of its commitment to an Internet “in which people are free to participate, communicate, organize and exchange information.
At least a dozen nations, especially the United States, has likely doomed the entire summit, which was convened to draft a new treaty, unless a competing alliance including China and Algeria are willing to offer a dramatic last-minute compromise. ITU secretary general Hamadoun Touré said in September that “no proposal is going to be passed if it does not have very wide support from all involved.”
Government agencies want more guidance on how to safely and smartly adopt new mobile technology programs, such as bring-your-own-device plans.
According to thereportfrom the Federal CIO Council, without more central guidance on security, policy and legal considerations, agencies adopting BYOD policies, building internal app stores and launching other mobile projects may waste money and take on unnecessary risks.
Recommendations for officials:
Develop more complex standards for how government information should be handled on smartphones and tablets.
Create a government wide team to evaluate the legal, technical and privacy implications of federal employees using non-government provided mobile devices.
Create either agency-wide or government wide guidance for procuring mobile devices.
Continue working on guidance to ensure government information is sufficiently encrypted on mobile devices and that the people using those devices are sufficiently authenticated.
OMB and the CIO Council will work toward fulfilling some of these recommendations in the coming months, the report said.
The report is part of the federal digital strategy released by U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel in May. In addition to making mobile adoption more flexible, that document advocated helping agencies buy mobile technology in a cheaper and more efficient way and making more information available to the public online and on mobile devices.
The study was partly based on interviews with technology and procurement officials across government.