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10 April 2014

Top Secret MI5 Files of First World War Go Online

The National Archives of the UK is making over 150 top secret MI5 files available online for the first time. This forms part of The National Archives' First World War 100 programme of digitised releases and events to mark the centenary.

The files contain a wealth of material about organisations and individuals involved in espionage or under surveillance during the period of the First World War. They are part of the wider security service personal file series (file reference KV 2) held by The National Archives.

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7 April 2014

New Hampshire To Digitize Historic Records, Photos

Civil War nurse Sarah Low met Abraham Lincoln on April 20, 1864, writing in her diary that the president shook hands with everyone at a crowded White House reception. One year later, the Dover woman would see Lincoln again, this time as he lay in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

"The flowers on the coffin that had been beautiful the day before were faded and it seemed forlorn that they had not been replaced by fresh ones," she wrote on April 20, 1865. "Lincoln's face looked very thin and shrunken, the face was dark and it seemed to me that he looked like a murdered man."

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National Archives of India Notified Recruitment for 15 Archival Assistant

National Archives of India, New Delhi under Ministry of Culture, Government of India issued notification inviting application for filling up 15 posts of Archival Assistant on contract basis for the period up to 31 March 2015 for the project on "Survey and Inspection of Records/ Records Rooms, Appraisal and Transfer of Public Records from various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices etc."

Interested candidates should send their applications, in the prescribed format, to the NIA office within 15 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in Employment News i.e. till 12 April 2014 as the advertisement was published in Employment News dated 29 March 2014 – 4 April 2014.

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2 April 2014

Library and Archives Canada Moves To Outsource National Catalogue

Library and Archives Canada is outsourcing AMICUS, the venerable free national catalogue that lists and describes its holdings and those of more than 1,300 libraries across Canada.

LAC proposes to use a sole-source contract to hire U.S.-based Online Computer Library Centre Inc. (OCLC), the world’s largest library co-operative, to replace the outdated system. Library and Archives signalled the long-anticipated move by publishing a detailed advance contract award notice on the government’s tender website last week.

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1 April 2014

Open Access Maps at New York Public Library

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.

To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page, and downloaded, through the Map Warper.

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28 March 2014

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Is Launching a Photo Set of Alberta Residential Schools

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a single portal to provide access to photos related to Residential Schools, taken between 1885 and 1996. Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country.

The first set of published photos comprises about 65 images associated with the Residential Schools of Alberta. LAC will add photos for the other provinces and territories as they become available. The Residential Schools Photos page will make it easy to select the province or territory of your choice, and save or print the images you wish to view.

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Treasures of Family Histories at National Archives Center in Lower Manhattan

After visiting the National Archives and Records Administration in Lower Manhattan, an Italian couple found out that the husband’s grandfather returned to Italy after his arrival in America, so he could get married and bring his wife back to the states.

Volunteer Heather Morrison helped the couple by finding the ship manifests and photos for the trips that Angelo, the man’s grandfather, took between Italy and America. They found that he came alone on the first trip and came back with a wife on the second.

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26 March 2014

Project To Digitize Library Archives of India

National Library is tying up with British Library for a unique digitization project. The two heritage institutions will digitize, archive and exchange surrogate copies of early Bengali printed material dating from 1778 till 1914. Roly Keating, chief executive of British Library, is currently in the city "shaping the ambitious project and defining its first phase".

Talking to TOI, 18 months after taking charge of the world's second largest library and helping it reinvent itself, Keating said, "A digitization programme between the two libraries has been on the cards since 2011.

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24 March 2014

Book Scanner Preserves Volumes of History in Pittston, Pennsylvania

Pittston's history being preserved for digital access. With the push of a foot pedal and the click of two digital cameras, Mike Lizonitz can preserve Pittston City Council minutes from the early 20th century. "So many people are going to be excited by this," he said.

He takes books of handwritten meeting minutes, tax assessments and all of the written records of the city to his Hughestown home and places them on the steel and aluminum book scanner in his basement.

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21 March 2014

Vatican To Digitize Ancient Archives and Put Them Online

The Vatican library began a project on Thursday to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the Church to the 20th century, and make them available online.

Working with the Japanese technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive about 1.5 million pages from the library's collection of manuscripts, which comprises some 82,000 items and 41 million pages. The initial project will take four years and may be extended.

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20 March 2014

Stanford Libraries Online Archive Expands Access to French Revolution Treasures

Participants, spectators and critics produced scores of historical documents during the French Revolution. These items are now available in the French Revolution Digital Archive, a digital collection recently released by Stanford Libraries.

FRDA brings together two foundational sources for French Revolution research: the Archives parlementaires, a day-to-day record of parliamentary debates and discussions held between 1789 and 1794, and Images de la Révolution française, a vast visual corpus from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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18 March 2014

Good News for Fans of Medieval Maps at the British Library

A new British Library collaboration called the Virtual Mappa project is well under way, using digital images of a selection of medieval world maps - mappaemundi - and some excellent new annotation software (more on that at a later date).

High-resolution images of these maps will be available online for public use, with transcribed and translated text, notes, links to outside resources and other tools for understanding these marvellous mappaemundi. I'm the BL intern charged with annotating the maps and organising all this extra data.

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13 March 2014

World Digital Library Collection Grows To 10,000 Items with Manuscripts from Baltimore Museum

The World Digital Library led by the Library of Congress is reaching a milestone of 10,000 items with the addition of ancient manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Officials say Thursday that the World Digital Library now holds more than 10,000 digitized manuscripts, maps, books, prints, photographs, films, sound recordings and other cultural items. The growing collection is a collaborative project that includes contributions from 102 institutions in 46 different countries.

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U.S. National Archives Plans Closure of Alaska Facility

The National Archives and Records Administration plans to close its facility in Anchorage this year, and aims to move the millions of pages of documents housed there to Seattle.

The closure, expected to be announced Tuesday, comes as part of a cost-cutting effort that the agency says will save more than $1 million annually, and includes consolidating other facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Tex.

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12 March 2014

British National Archives Puts First World War Diaries Online with MongoDB

MongoDB's open source document database has helped various archives and data systems to digitize Britian's history including The National Archives First World War diaries. The documents have now been made available digitally to the public through The National Archives' Discovery Platform allowing more people to explore the diaries.

The archive scales to many terabytes of data and will continue to grow as more is digitized and made available to the public. MongoDB's built-in horizontal scalability enables the Platform to scale to meet these demands and uses the rich querying capability of the database for search and filtering.

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