Several listserv members have linked to their Betas:
- David Smith, on behalf of his partners from the UMass Amherst CS department’s Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval and the Perseus Digital Library Project at Tufts, sent out his group’s proposal, which focuses on information extraction and retrieval for books
- Eric Lease Morgan posted his Beta Sprint Submission concerning text mining.
Sandy Thatcher linked to an article illustrating his points about user-generated content and cooperation. Nate Hill linked to an interview with listserv member Richard Nash on the future of publishing. Gary Price provided several links to articles about library funding, the future of the written word, digital library content strategies, an ebook usage report and an article on the history of libraries and librarians in the US.
Joseph Lucia wrote about the mission of libraries in the digital era. He discussed the separation of medium and mission, suggesting that the mission of libraries is to sustain open access to intellectual and cultural resources. He presents libraries as a common good that is not yet future-proofed. The DPLA would serve as a framework to help preserve the library’s role in the future, and he believes it should be a participative institution. He advocates for defining an overall mission and letting that decision affect tool and technology design. Sandy Thatcher supported the ideas voiced in the message, suggesting that the contrast between open access and proprietary is not that stark, and that the DPLA could even serve proprietary interests.
Google Books/British Library Deal:
Wayne Martin linked to a piece about the British Museum’s deal with Google, and Karen Coyle provided a critical piece about the deal. David Dorman posted a conversation between the Head of Media Relations at the British Library and himself concerning the availability of the Google/British Library agreement.