Archive for 'NC ECHO'
At ECU we’re pretty pleased to finally announce that Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection is *finally* complete…okay, except that there is still some metadata fixing to do, the educator’s resources don’t exist yet, and the documentation is pretty thin…but otherwise COMPLETE. YAY! The project puts online more than 7,000 images taken for [...]
OK. The title of this entry is misleading. I don’t know the true meaning of the phrase “mass digitization,” but I’ve been wondering about it for a while. Google is digitizing en masse, I suppose, and so, in a sense is the Internet Archive. But are any of the rest of us?
I think of mass digitization as scanning from A to Z, churning through large quantities of volumes with little or no thought to selection. This idea may be colored a bit by my understanding of Google’s approach to digitization, which has meant, more or less: Find some libraries, agree on some terms (that seem to mostly benefit Google), and start scanning whatever makes its way from the shelf to the cart to the scanner’s hands. I don’t think I’m alone in this belief. In 2006, for example, Karen Coyle defined the phrase as the “conversion of whole libraries without making a selection of individual materials.”