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Juan Pablo Alperin, Dominique Babini, Leslie Chan, Eve Gray, Jean-Claude Guédon, Heather Joseph, Eloy Rodrigues, Kathleen Shearer, Hebe Vessuri, Open Access in Latin America: a Paragon for the Rest of the World, The Winnower 2:e143982.27959 (2015). DOI:

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" is an image collection of miniatures depicting armoured figures from the medieval period. Miniatures are sourced from manuscripts created before 1450 in countries across Europe."

A major genealogical collection is under imminent threat of being lost -
this time in Arizona. Unless something changes - and fast - the Arizona State Library Genealogy Collection - a vast collection of more than 200,000 volumes, many of them irreplaceable - is about to be lost to public access.

Improving Access to Archival Collections with Automated Entity Extraction
by Kyle Banerjee and Max Johnson

"The complexity and diversity of archival resources make constructing
rich metadata records time consuming and expensive, which in turn
limits access to these valuable materials. However, significant
automation of the metadata creation process would dramatically reduce
the cost of providing access points, improve access to individual
resources, and establish connections between resources that would
otherwise remain unknown.
Using a case study at Oregon Health & Science University as a lens to
examine the conceptual and technical challenges associated with
automated extraction of access points, we discuss using publically
accessible API’s to extract entities (i.e. people, places, concepts,
etc.) from digital and digitized objects. We describe why Linked Open
Data is not well suited for a use case such as ours. We conclude with
recommendations about how this method can be used in archives as well
as for other library applications."

Antonio Moreno Hernández: "I am pleased to inform you that the new databases of incunabula of classical Latin authors held in Spain and Portugal prepared at the National Distance Education University (UNED, Madrid) are now available for free access.

CICLE (Corpus of Classic Latin Incunabula in Spain) is a relational database which is focused on the heritage of incunable editions of Latin classics produced in printing presses located in Spain from the 1470s till 1500, including printings in Latin and in translation. The database identifies the collection of editions and the surviving copies in Spain as well as elsewhere.

Access to CICLE:

The CICLPor database (Corpus of Classic Latin Incunabula preserved in Portuguese libraries) comprises the Portuguese heritage of copies of incunabula of Latin authors from the Archaic period until Late Antiquity, ending at the time of Isidore of Seville (ca. 560-636). Incunabula included in CICLPor were printed outside of Portugal since in this period no Latin classic texts were produced by printing presses located in the country. Editions in Latin as well as translations are included.

Access to CICLpor:

As you can see, CICLE and CICLPor are linked to GW, ISTC, USTC and TW.

CICLE and CICLPor are dynamic tools, constantly being improved. We'd love to hear what you think and any suggestions you may have.

You can also visit the website on Latin classics in the early stages of printing: " (INCUNABULA-L)

Ulrich Kampffmeyer AGB

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