Monthly Archives: January 2011

Digitisation in Europe – The New Renaissance

The European Union’s Comite’ des Sages recently published The New Renaissance, a proud call-to-arms for the digitisation of Europe’s cultural heritage. There are plenty of questions it raises and some of the recommendations will be very difficult to put into practice. But as a lofty statement of intent it’s a powerful document and very welcome, … Read more

Does the digital humanities need more digitisation?

There was a time, perhaps back in the early misty years of the twenty-first century, when the completion of big digitisation projects would be greeted with whoops and cheers from the nascent digital humanities community. Enthusiastic mailing list emails would trumpet how much easier scholarly access would be and librarians breathed a sigh of relief … Read more

Updated guidelines from US Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

From Susan Manus, Library of Congress The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has now released an update and redesign of the website, available at: In addition to improved navigation throughout, it is now easier to access the major document outlining best practices, the “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage materials” ( There are … Read more

Australia’s top batsman at the British Library Sound Archive

Blogpost taken from the British Library’s Sound Recordings Blog Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library, writes: Legendary cricketer Sir Donald “the Don” Bradman (1908-2001), who was once named the “greatest living Australian” by former Prime Minister John Howard, and acclaimed by Wisden as the 20th century’s greatest cricketer, here shows … Read more

Measure the Value of Culture and Content

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) recently released a report they commissioned, entitled “Measuring the Value of culture” At first, I was surprised by the complete absence of the digital within the report (there were no mentions of the words ‘Internet’, ‘digital’ or ‘online’) Surely … Read more