Monday, 11 June 2007

Emory libraries digitizing collection

Move over GoogleBooks. Emory University has announced that it's launching a new model for digital scholarship through a partnership with Kirtas Technologies Inc., a maker of digital scanning technology. The partnership will enable Emory to apply automated scanning technology to thousands of rare, out-of-print books in its research collections, making it possible for scholars to browse the pages of these books on the Internet or order bound, printed copies via a fast, affordable print-on-demand service. The project is limited to materials in the public domain. The project is not a part of the Google digitalization project, but rather represents a stand-alone effort. Certainly the text will be indexed by Google, but the project remains under the control of Emory University so it's a scholarly project with roots in archiving and education, not a a quasi-commercial operation rooted in drawing ad dollars.

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