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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

With the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” launch College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education ( ).

Virtual exhibition:


Among German university presses we have an ongoing
discussion whether it is economically wise to publish scholarly books
under a CC-license permitting commercial use (cc-by-sa, cc-by-nd and
cc-by). There are reasonable arguments pro and contra.

The presses doing it already as a default mode (f.e. KIT Publishig,
Goettingen University Press) are convinced that the integrity of the
content and the book as such is maintained best through other modes
than a restrictive open access license. After thorough analysis we
decided to trust in:

a) scientific standards (as a scientist working with material from
peers, one either indicates "own translation" or seeks permission from
author; one doesn't distort texts from peers as that is a scholarly

b) in continental European copyright that enables authors/creators to
prohibit garbling or distortion of the creation (a miserable Kindle
edition f.e. could be interpreted as an wrongful distortion; as a
rights-owner I'd make vendors aware that it needs to be corrected or
taken down)

c) in the strength of our brands (trademark law gives us exclusive
rights to sell products under our name)

and d) in the field we're playing on. Scientific books from university
presses usually serve the purpose of P2P communication. This ain't the field of generating hit-and-run profits as the entire field operates against a backdrop of reputation and long-standing relations, among authors, editors and their presses, among presses, vendors and libraries.

So far we didn't need to persecute any infringements, hence we will
continue with the chosen licensing policy.

In our perspective the advantages of libre licenses outweigh the
potential risks. Although there is no robust evidence yet we are
convinced that books in their printed and online form benefit from
widest dissemination. And dissemination of scientific books shouldn't
come to a full stop once it reaches the realm of the "commercial".
Although several authors think so, "commercial use" isn't necessarily
a profit-maximising enterprise. Any given player in the internet
relying on generating revenues exercises commercial use. We don't want to exclude databases, contexts, connections, whether existing or yet unknown, solely because they involve financial flows with a commercial nature.


Margo Bargheer

Leitung Elektronisches Publizieren ǀ Head of Electronic Publishing
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
State and University Library Goettingen AGB

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