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6 January 2014

Hidden Canberra Archives Reveals Its Historic Treasures

Thousands of motorists driving through a busy Canberra tunnel each day may be surprised to learn a few metres above is a secret building containing historic treasures.

More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus. ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure disguised inside the hill includes the Noel Butlin Archives Centre.

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National Archives of India To Collaborate with Turkey, Oman

The National Archives of India is collaborating with the State Archives of Turkey and National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) of Oman to access ancient documents, and work towards the digitisation of records, said an official statement Friday.

NAI director general V. Srinivas had met Ugur Unal, director general, State Archives of Turkey in Istanbul Jan 2, and NRAA's chairman Hamad Mohd Al Dhawiani in Muscat in December 2013.

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3 January 2014

Over 150 Records Open To the Public For the First Time at Jersey Archive

On 1st January 2014 Jersey Heritage opened over 150 new records to the public for the first time. The records have been closed to public access for periods of 30, 75 and 100 years and include admission registers from the General Hospital and details of individuals applying to become medical practitioners prior to the Second World War.

The records are all stored at the Jersey Archive and are now freely available for members of the public to consult.

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Ohio’s Libraries Creating ‘Digitization Hubs’ To Preserve Historical Materials

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has landed $188,219 in federal and state grants to buy equipment for a statewide effort creating a network of “Digitization Hubs” to preserve historical materials.

The money is coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that distributes funding to libraries nationwide. It’s sending $760,421 to Ohio to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to a press release.

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31 December 2013

British Archives Show Cost of Revolutionary War in Georgia

A trio of researchers took a fall trip to England and Scotland and spent three weeks digging through government archives for any documents that might shed new light on Georgia’s role in the Revolutionary War. They came back with digital images of roughly 2,000 records from 1771 to 1783.

“There’s an awful lot of stuff, paperwork dealing with the business of war, the logistics of funding the war, correspondence between the big wigs,” said archaeologist Dan Elliott, president of the Georgia-based LAMAR Institute, a nonprofit focused on archaeological and historical research in the Southeast.

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30 December 2013

Ex-Stasi Staff Still Work at Archives of East Germany's Former Secret Police

It was set up as a unique historical experiment: an agency that would open up the secret service's files to those it had spied upon. But now the commissioner in charge of the East Germany's secret police archive has admitted that his agency still counts 37 former Stasi employees among its staff.

The Federal Commission for the Stasi Archives was established by the German government in 1991 and tasked with protecting the Stasi archives from former agents eager to destroy records of their deeds.

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20 December 2013

No Online Access for British Internet Archive

An official archive of all the websites in the UK has finally gone live, following almost a decade of negotiations between publishers and the British Library, but it can only be accessed in person, from a terminal in one of the UK's six major academic libraries.

Earlier this year, The British Library announced that it would begin "harvesting" the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country's burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works.

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18 December 2013

15 of the Weirdest Images in the British Library’s New Digital Trove

Digging through the archives of old libraries is a blast. Depending on the library, you'll find everything from dated architectural drawings to snippets of old children's books. You can just imagine the treasures to be found in the British Library's ancient archive. And, now, you don't even have to get your fingers dusty!

The British Library just uploaded over a million images from the 17th to the 19th centuries to Flickr Commons.

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17 December 2013

North Korea News Site Purges 95% of Digital Archive

The North Korean state-run news organization has deleted 95% of its digital archive, including all but seven of its articles that predate Oct. 1. The purge comes just days after KCNA announced the execution of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un's uncle, believed to be the second-most powerful man in the country.

More than 35,000 articles from September and earlier have suddenly gone missing, according to NK News, a privately-owned site based in Washington, D.C.

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16 December 2013

The British Library Have Released Over a Million Images Onto Flickr Commons

The British Library have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.

There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more.

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13 December 2013

Illinois' Capital Newspaper Archives Back To 1830s Going Online

News from Illinois' capital — before it was even the capital — will be searchable online. Springfield's public library, Lincoln Library, announced Wednesday the acquisition of a $250,000 historical digital newspaper archive.

It will allow access to the city's newspaper — the State Journal-Register — and its predecessors, from 1831 to 1950. The library already has State Journal-Register archives from 1985 forward. News from 1831 to 1922 has been digitized and the last three decades will become available during 2014.

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12 December 2013

National Geographic Shares Rich Map Content With The World Via Google Maps Engine

Google and National Geographic are teaming up to share over 500 of the maps created by National Geographic Magazine. Using Google Maps, people will be able to browse freely though these maps.

Frank Biasi, Director of Digital Development at National Geographic Maps: "People have collected our magazine fold-out maps for over a hundred years, and many of those maps are sequestered away in attics and garages. The public data program gives us the opportunity to release our amazing map collection to the wider world."

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9 December 2013

Old Photographs of Belfast - From The Belfast Telegraph Archives

Belfast’s history as a modern town begins on 27 April 1613. A royal charter, issued in the name of James I, transformed what had been a collection of dwellings by a river crossing into a legal entity governed by a corporation of 13 men, headed by a sovereign, writes Sean Connolly.

The new charter, in fact, was one of forty issued at around this time, partly to promote the economic development of Ireland by extending its urban network and partly to ensure a safe government majority in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

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6 December 2013

Rare Biblical Texts From Bodleian and Vatican Libraries Digitized

A Gutenberg Bible, a dazzlingly illuminated 15th-century Hebrew Bible from Spain and a copy of Maimonides’s 12th-century commentary on the Mishnah written in the philosopher’s own hand are among the rare bibles and biblical commentaries from the Vatican Library and the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford that have been digitized and posted online, as part of a collaboration between the institutions that went live on Tuesday.

Those items will eventually be joined by more than 1.5 million other pages of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, 15th-century incunabula and early printed books, religious and secular, that will be made freely available in zoomable images over the next three years.

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4 December 2013

The Vatican and Oxford University Team Up To Digitize 1.5 Million Pages of Medieval Manuscripts

The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts.

The four-year project will digitize the collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) related to their Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and fifteenth-century printed books. They include a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, an autographed and annotated manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, and the oldest surviving Hebrew codex.

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