Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
British Library uploads a million archival images for free use
Friday, December 13, 2013 | cbc books
In an inspired gesture to encourage digital crowdsourcing, the British Library has uploaded one million scans from 17th- to 19th-century books to Flickr for public domain use.
The library's goal was for anyone to "use, remix and repurpose" the enormous digital treasure trove of illustrations, maps, landscapes, paintings and decorative letters. It's the first step in an interesting new plan that includes the launch of a new crowdsourcing application early next year to help describe what the images portray.
"There are very few datasets of this nature free for any use and by putting it online we hope to stimulate and support research concerning printed illustrations