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Questionnaire: “How Libraries Process Their Digitised Material”

We invite you to fill in the questionnaire prepared by The National Library of the Netherlands. The questionnaire aims to discover the selection process, file formats, metadata standards and long-term-preservation used by libraries from all over the Europe.

The questionnaire is available at

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete the survey!

Conference “Cyfrowe spotkania z zabytkami 4”

This year’s edition of the “Cyfrowe spotkania z zabytkami 4” conference was organised with subtitle “Cultural Heritage on the Web: Access and Exchange of Information.”. The conference brought together representatives of various institutions including libraries, museums, archives, humanists and computer science specialists. Conference covered topics related to the standards for information representation (such as CIDOC CRM and LIDO), methods of knowledge acquisition from unconventional sources (e.g. blogs) and also standards for describing iconographic resources. In the context of cartography, a system for geographical localisation of cultural heritage digital resources was presented.

During the conference Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center presented dMuseion – digital museum platform, which is developed by PSNC in cooperation with National Museum in Warsaw. Despite dMuseion is not publicly available yet, it already offers functionality for building digital collections of museum holdings.

“NUKAT – autostrada informacji cyfrowej” – first effects for readers

At the end of October 2010 e-bUW made available first title digitized in frame of the “NUKAT – autostrada informacji cyfrowej” project. According to e-bUW it is “Nowy Pamiętnik Warszawski : [dziennik historyczny, polityczny, tudzież nauk i umiejętności]”, periodical published in Prussian Warsaw by Franciszek Ksawery Dmochowski, the man who contributed to literature field, participated in Kościuszko Uprising. The periodical has literary and politico-social character and for five year of its existence (1801-1805) had high influence on intellectual life of the whole Prussian partition. The periodical can be found at

„NUKAT – autostrada informacji cyfrowej” project is financed by by EU Innovative Economy Programme. Project partners are BUW, UCI UMK in Toruń, faculty libraries of UW and libraries which catalogues will be combines in NUKAT database.

Konferencja „Digitalizacja. Znaczenie nowych technologii informacyjnych w udostępnianiu i ochronie zbiorów bibliotek muzealnych”

W dniach 4-5 października 2010 r. w Oświęcimiu odbyła się konferencja związana z tematyką digitalizacji zbiorów bibliotek muzealnych, pt. „Digitalizacja. Znaczenie nowych technologii informacyjnych w udostępnianiu i ochronie zbiorów bibliotek muzealnych”. Konferencja została zorganizowana wspólnie przez Międzynarodowe Centrum Edukacji o Auschwitz i Holokauście oraz Bibliotekę Muzeum Auschwitz. Na konferencji omówiono szereg zagadnień odnoszących się do tematyki konferencji, włączając w to zarys historyczny KL Auschwitz, kwestie prawa autorskiego, organizacji pracy w ramach pracowni digitalizacji oraz omówienie praktycznego przykładu Małopolskiej Biblioteki Cyfrowej. Tomasz Parkoła z Zespołu Bibliotek Cyfrowych PCSS zaprezentował oprogramowanie do budowy bibliotek cyfrowych dLibra.

40 thousands new publications in e-BUW until 2012

According to e-biblioteka Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego (e-bUW) portal, Warsaw University Library plans to digitize and publish on-line on e-bUW around 40 thousands publications until 2012. Documents which will be scanned are part of precious collection of 19th century periodicals. Readers will be able to browse various titles including “Kurier Warszawski”, “Gazeta Warszawska” and “Korespondent Warszawski”. The full list of titles that are to be scanned can be found here.

Scanning of those precious periodicals is performed in frame of the NUKAT – AUTOSTRADA INFORMACJI CYFROWEJ project, which is co-financed by Innowacyjna Gospodarka programme. We wish e-bUW successful project and many new publication on-line.

Moreover in frame of this project, KARO system will gain possibility to search metadata of all digital libraries connected to Digital Libraries Federation portal. Integration will be based on OpenSearch API implemented in DLF.

Digital libraries topic on ICIT’2010 and NCIT’2010 conferences

In frame of the 2nd conference ICIT’2010 (International Conference on Information Technology) and 8th National Conference on Information Technology a number of interesting articles, related to information technology, were presented and discussed. Multimedia systems, knowledge organisation systems and IT project management are only selected topics of conferences sessions.

Digital libraries topic was also present at both conferences. Articles presented in the first digital libraries session investigated issues of semantic digital libraries, management and on-line presentation of multi-domain cultural heritage and quality control procedures in Pomerian Digital Library. The second digital libraries session included articles related to analysis of end-users perception of Pomerian Digital Library and quality models of digital library from the perspective of IT project.

Social networks are gaining in popularity

It appeared that in May 2010 Internet users from the UK visited social networks more frequently than search engines. According to Hitwise, in May 2010 social networks accounted for 11.88% of UK Internet visits and search engines accounted for 11.33%. It means that May was the first month ever in which popularity of social networks was greater than popularity of search engines.

Digital libraries are also the area where social networks can appear and offer its users new ways of discovering interesting resources. Importance of the social networks is also confirmed by Europeana, which develops new functions dedicated to social networks and will make them public in the near future.

Library of Congress plans to archive all of your tweets!

Previous week brought an interesting announcement of the social portal Twitter and Library of Congress stating that each public message sent on the Twitter portal, starting from 2006, will be digitally archived. According to representatives of Library of Congress such a huge amount of data will not only present our current style of living in the future, but it also will be a very interesting data for investigation by contemporaty scientists.

Twitter is one of the biggest social portals, which gained its popularity thanks to microblogging – short text messages which can be send on your profile’s web page through the SMS, web browser or an application on your mobile phone. Each such a message is popularly called a “tweet”.

Currently Twitter has over 105 million of users, which send around 55 million of tweets daily. All of the messages that are public will be digitally archived by the Library of Congress.

Among most interesting and most important tweets one can find tweet created by Barack Obama after won elections or the one created by Mike Massimino – an astronaut sending the first tweet in the history from space.

Simultenously to the information about archiving tweets, Google announced that it will shortly make it possible for its users to search all of the public tweets with the possibility to filter them based on temporal and topic constraints.

In Poland exist several microblogging portals, including Blip, Flaker, Pinger and Spinacz. Will we reach the time when also Polish microblogs are archived…? Up to now Polish National Library is about to start archiving selected Internet materials and National Digital Archive has already started a beta version of a portal for archiving web pages of the most important statutory authorities (