We believe in free and open information, right?


Well… I hope so.

I feel like I’ve finished the test flight on this blog — a few articles up, no major crises, a few interesting emails from readers.

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One thought on “We believe in free and open information, right?

  1. Everything is not digital. In fact less and less is. Digitization is slowing down and according to recent surveys patrons and consumers prefer print.
    From Murrell, M. (2017) Out of print: the Orphans of Mass Digitization Current Anthropology, v.58 suppl. 15 p.149-159 :
    “Books in Suspension
    After the rejection of the settlement to Authors Guild et al. v.
    Google in March 2011, mass book digitization began its slow
    end. Despite being well short of its original goal to digitize “all
    books in all languages” as well as its pledge to digitize the
    entirety of the University of Michigan’s libraries, Google quietly
    moved away from the project. Scanning capacity was
    drastically cut in 2011; the Google Books blog was discontinued
    in 2012; its Twitter feed went silent in 2013; and its staff
    left or was reassigned. The company continues to scan books,
    but, according to its partners, its efforts are confined to the
    public domain, as was the state of play in 2004 before all the
    brouhaha and lawsuits, when the company so shocked people
    with its audacious pledge to digitize not just public domain
    books but “all books in all languages.” Like Google, the Internet
    Archive continues to digitize some books, but the staff
    devoted to it has dispersed. As Kahle told me, the organization
    had “thrown itself” at mass digitization in order keep library
    collections from being commodified, and, after the defeat of
    the settlement, he decided that that investment had largely
    paid off and it was time to turn his organization’s efforts to the
    many other pressing challenges of web archiving.”

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