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  • United Nations Digital Library launched

    We are pleased to announce that the United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) is now available and can be accessed globally free of charge.  A result of the successful collaboration between the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (DHL) at UN Headquarters and the United Nations Office at Geneva Library, the platform uses innovative open source technology to provide access to UN-produced materials in digital format. Content will be added continuously and enhancements to the system will be rolled out on a regular basis. The new system, which offers easy access to UN documents, maps, speeches, voting data, as well as non-sales publications, will help global researchers find the UN information they need, quickly and accurately. It provides one point of access to UN information – current and historical.

    Phase 1 of the UNDL incorporates digital content from the databases in UNBISnet and the Official Document System (ODS) - mainly official UN documents, speech and voting records, as well as some maps.  The UNDL will also link to open access UN content.

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  • Transcribathon Romania

    From 21 to 25 March 2017, the Transcribathon Romania will be hosted in various locations across the country. http://transcribathon.com/en/romania/

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  • An Open Acces publication about opening Serbian museum collections

    DARIAH RS

    After the successful organization set Museums and challenges of open access, we are pleased to present to you an electronic version of the publication Open access to museum documentation in Serbia: Experiences, challenges and potentials.

    The conference: http://dariah.rs/en/museums-challenges-open-access/

    Publication launched: http://dariah.rs/objavljena-publikacija-o-otvorenom-pristupu/

     
  • Documents about foreign politics of the Kingdom of Serbia 1903-1914

    Документи о спољној политици Краљевине Србије 1903-1914

    DocumenteDesprePoliticaExternaEN

    Another successful project realized in cooperation between MISANU and Department of Historical Sciences SANU and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information: Digitization of the documents about foreign politics of the Kingdom of Serbia 1903 - 1914!

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  • A new Strategy for Romanian Public Libraries

    The National Association of Public Libraries and Librarians from Romania just released its brand new Development Strategy - 22th of January, 2015. One of the chapters aims towards building a common information space for all Romanian public libraries. This digital space will be the agreggator for bibliographic data and Open Access scientific research resources at the national level.

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  • New FAIFE videos explore the emerging Internet surveillance environment

    TheDayWeFightBackFeb11 2014Increased Internet censorship and surveillance has been an emerging trend over the last decade. Since 2013’s leaks regarding online spying by various security agencies, the global dimensions and potential of ubiquitous surveillance have become evident to the global public. The IFLA FAIFE Committee has been actively working for many years to raise the issue of privacy and surveillance in a library context and now highlights some initiatives to support citizens’ rights.

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  • What is your dream?

    No-one can visit all the museums, libraries and archives across Europe in person. But we all can online. How we do that is up to you. In the future, how do you imagine you will help others explore, discover, learn about, work with and play with Europe’s heritage online? Whatever your dream, share it with us and together we can make it happen. We’ve already heard from six big dreamers. Watch their videos, share them and then share your own dream too.

    Let’s think big together. Allez Culture!

     
  • CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0!

    Diane Peters said on November 25th, 2013:

    "We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before.

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The National Association of Public Libraries and Librarians from Romania just released its brand new Development Strategy - 22th of January, 2015. One of the chapters aims towards building a common information space for all Romanian public libraries. This digital space will be the agreggator for bibliographic data and Open Access scientific research resources at the national level.

For more information there is a translation of the chapter concerned as following.

Strategy for the development of a common information space

1. ARGUMENT

On the level of community member's expectations, the changes are driven by the efficiency through which the commercial services are successful in modifying the information search patterns and behaviours.

At the level of local community alternative information channels are developed (blogs, dedicated access points in social media, news feeds, etc.), and the traditional information media jumped classic media limits. All these actors are engaged in a tough battle for the attention of the community members, and all of them are to be given the proper respect learning from their employed online advertising techniques.

All these existing services together with the information products offered by the libraries, create a competitive informational space where new services need to be rendered for re-engaging and reconfirm library's role as a mediator, keeper and warrant of local, national and universal memory.

At this moment, on national level, many efforts have been aimed towards building digital collections, but these efforts have not benefited by coordination nor did it followed a pre set program.

All the skill acquisitions, techniques and technologies forms a fragmentary view at the national level.

Despite all these limitations there are a set of resources, some being engages at the European level.

This point of the strategy answers the needs for harmonization of the existing electronic resources on the national level and linking the common information space to the international efforts aimed to valorisation of the bibliographic data - open data, and research output as Open Access, and the Open Educational Resources.

Building a common information space is now necessary more than ever. This space will produce effects in growth of the response capacity of the entire library system to all community requests, and will become the solid foundation for interconnection on European and global level.

2. OBJECTIVES

This point of the strategy is complementary to all the other by it targets and used resources achieving them, but mostly through an efficient use of association's resources. This vision may be achieved reaching the following objectives:

1. Making the libraries aware of their role of collector, administrator, broadcaster and preserver of local and national memory;
2. Writing practical guides on the web platform in order to guide libraries on how to develop their own collections;
3. Training a body of specialists dedicated to building the common informational space on the web platform;
4. Piloting the first model for aggregation of bibliographic data and Open Access scientific research resources at the national level;
5. Libraries as promoters of the open resources as a counter balance to commercial services: open educational resources, Open Access research resources, software tools with open source for daily activities and access to open data.