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Newborn World Digital Library: testing the quality

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Today has been inaugurated the new World Digital Library  with the support of UNESCO. I had been waiting patiently the moment to go inside it and finally I like it in many senses.

A good point is that the WDL is very good presented.

The first page that you see is a map of the world divided by subdivisions of the continents and the number of documents available by time. Down this map you could see a time´s line where is possible choose a specific century or a time scale. Of course is possible do a “more normal browsing” by time, place, topic, type of item and institution.

A bad point is that I think now is only an example of what is going to be, because I think is still “empty”.

Testing the quality of the World Digital Library:

At the first time a tried to browse an edition of the spanish author Cervantes,  that

“His magnum opusDon Quixote, considered the first modern novel by many,[1] is a classic of Western literature and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature.” (from Wikipedia)


But this first browsing about Cervantes Saavedra didn´t work.

I introduced “cervantes” in the search space. The same with “quijote” or “quixote”. So I supposed they don´t have any document related to this topic.

Next I decided choose a document offered by them, because at this moment there are not too much documents.

The result was great. A wonderful picture of  a ” Chola Woman, Full-Length Portrait, Standing, Facing Right, La Paz, Bolivia”. The picture has a very good description, also in spanish, and others languages and the quality is wonderful

There is possible find out more pictures or information related to this document. For example the author, the collection from is part, etc. Is intituitive, I think so, more than a normal catalog, and the presentation is wonderful.

So I hope the WDL is going to have more documents in the future, because now is almost only an example of Digital Library. But I like his use and the quality of the pictures, cataloging, interaction, etc. Now we can talk about the world digital library as something real and working, but at the moment, only as an example of his potential.


Kirkas Gold Robotic Book Scanner

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Here you have another book scanner. It is faster!!

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March 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Robotic Book Scanner

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yesterday I was surprised with the digitizer machine that appear in the video. I have been looking at different video of robotic book scanner. Here you have one that is really amazing!! It is from Treventus. Enjoy!!

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February 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

Stanford University Digital Library

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today I wanna show an interesting video that I have found in youtube. It is about the transformation inside the Stanford University´s Library.

I’m hallucinating with the digitizer machine book!!! And of course all the resources that are necessaries to do real a modern digital library.

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February 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Digital Library Projects- Europeana

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europeana-logo-smallStill on the subject of digital libraries, today I would like to mention one of these projects. This is the Europeana projects. Initiated by the European Commission and based at first on the European Library. Some definitions and ideas about Europeana: 
Europeana is a search platform to a collection of European digital libraries with digitised paintings, books, films and archives.” ref.
Also “ is a collaboration between universities, research institutes and content providers. The site is a prototype, and in the coming year we will be developing it in response to users’ feedback and making it operational. ” ref.
An interesting article from Rob Davies, her Director, MDR and Scientific Co-ordinator of EuropeanaLocal, has the title of “Europeana: An Infrastructure for Adding Local Content” and there he explains very good many important aspects of the project and how is possible to overcome the difficulties involved in it, the steps to undertake and the goals that they think meet in the coming years. Well as technical problems and how to solve them.
If you wanna learn more about Europeana you can watch this video by Fleur Stigter (2008-12-05)
or read this presentation by Rob Davies (2008-12-05)

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February 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Task C: Translate to create topical resources in a language different from English

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 Use Wikipedia to find and Google Translate to create topical resources in a language different from English

So now I have to do another assigment!! Ok it looks simple…I am to trying. My Topic: I continue with the Digital Library but now I am interesting to share the advantages that it provide. Just one hour ago I have been posting about this topic in English. So now I think is a good idea translate to spanish and norwegian some parts from the Wikipedia english article “Digital Library” using the Google Translate tool and compare it.  So you can read now the results. I think is a good idea fix some errors in the spanish version. I am sorry for the norwegian. In  my conclusion the spanish version is good. I have to fix only some genre and grammatical errors but is totally understable. I do not kow anything about the norwegian!!



The advantages of digital libraries as a means of easily and rapidly accessing books, archives and images of various types are now widely recognized by commercial interests and public bodies alike.[10]

Traditional libraries are limited by storage space; digital libraries have the potential to store much more information, simply because digital information requires very little physical space to contain it. As such, the cost of maintaining a digital library is much lower than that of a traditional library.

A traditional library must spend large sums of money paying for staff, book maintenance, rent, and additional books. Digital libraries do away with these fees. Both types of library require cataloguing input to allow users to locate and retrieve material. Digital libraries may be more willing to adopt innovations in technology providing users with improvements in electronic and audio book technology as well as presenting new forms of communication such as wikis and blogs; convetional libraries may consider that providing online access to their OPAC catalogue is sufficient. An important advantage to digital conversion is increased accessibility to users. There in also availability to individuals who may not be traditional patrons of a library, due to geographic location or organizational affiliation.

  • No physical boundary. The user of a digital library need not to go to the library physically; people from all over the world can gain access to the same information, as long as an Internet connection is available.
  • Round the clock availability. A major advantage of digital libraries is that people can gain access to the information at any time, night or day.
  • Multiple access. The same resources can be used simultaneously by a number of institutions and patrons
  • Information retrieval. The user is able to use any search term (word, phrase, title, name, subject) to search the entire collection. Digital libraries can provide very user-friendly interfaces, giving clickable access to its resources.
  • Preservation and conservation.Digitization is not a long-term preservation solution for physical collections, but does succeed in providing access copies for materials that would otherwise fall to degradation from repeated use. Digitized collections and born-digital objects pose many preservation and conservation concerns that analog materials do not. Please see the following “Problems” section of this page for examples.
  • Space. Whereas traditional libraries are limited by storage space, digital libraries have the potential to store much more information, simply because digital information requires very little physical space to contain them and media storage technologies are more affordable than ever before.
  • Added value. Certain characteristics of objects, primarily the quality of images, may be improved. Digitization can enhance legibility and remove visible flaws such as stains and discoloration.[11]



Las ventajas de las bibliotecas digitales como medio de fácil y rápido acceso a los libros, archivos e imágenes de diversos tipos son ahora ampliamente reconocidas por los intereses comerciales y los organismos públicos por igual [10].

Bibliotecas tradicionales se ven limitados por el espacio de almacenamiento, las bibliotecas digitales tienen el potencial de almacenar mucha más información, simplemente porque la información digital requiere muy poco espacio físico para contenerla. Como tal, el costo del mantenimiento de una biblioteca digital es mucho más baja que la de una biblioteca tradicional.

Una biblioteca debe tradicionales tradicional debe gastar gastan grandes sumas de dinero para el pago de personal, libro de mantenimiento, alquiler, y otros libros. Bibliotecas digitales acabar con estas tarifas. Ambos tipos de biblioteca exigir la catalogación de entrada para permitir a los usuarios para localizar y para recuperar el material. Las bibliotecas digitales pueden estar más dispuestos a adoptar las innovaciones de la tecnología a disposición de los usuarios con mejoras en audio libro electrónico y la tecnología, así como la presentación de nuevas formas de comunicación tales como wikis y blogs; convetional convencionales pueden considerar que las bibliotecas proporcionan acceso en línea a su catálogo OPAC es suficiente. Una ventaja importante a la conversión digital es el aumento de la accesibilidad a los usuarios. Existe también en la disponibilidad a las personas que no pueden ser patrones tradicionales de una biblioteca, debido a la ubicación geográfica o afiliación.

N Sin límite físico. El usuario de una biblioteca digital no es necesario ir a la biblioteca física, personas de todo el mundo puede tener acceso a la misma información, siempre que una conexión a Internet está disponible.
Disponibilidad las veinticuatro horas del día. Una gran ventaja de las bibliotecas digitales es que las personas pueden tener acceso a la información en cualquier momento, día o de la noche.
Acceso múltiple. Los mismos recursos pueden ser utilizados simultáneamente por un número de instituciones y patrocinadores
De recuperación de información. El usuario puede utilizar cualquier término de búsqueda (palabra, frase, título, nombre, tema) para buscar toda la colección. Las bibliotecas digitales pueden proporcionar muy fácil de usar interfaces, lo que al hacer clic en el acceso a sus recursos.
La Preservación y conservation conservacion .Digitization La digitalizacion no es una preservación a largo plazo para la solución de las colecciones físicas, pero sí tener éxito en el suministro de copias de acceso para los materiales que de otra caída a la degradación de un uso repetido. Colecciones digitalizadas y nacidos de los objetos digitales plantean muchos de preservación y conservación se refiere a que los materiales no analógica. Por favor, consulte los siguientes “problemas” de esta página de ejemplos.
Espacio. Considerando que las bibliotecas tradicionales se ven limitados por el espacio de almacenamiento, las bibliotecas digitales tienen el potencial de almacenar mucha más información, simplemente porque la información digital requiere muy poco espacio físico para contener a los medios de comunicación y tecnologías de almacenamiento son más asequibles que nunca.
Valor añadido. Ciertas características de los objetos, principalmente de la calidad de las imágenes, puede ser mejorado. La digitalización puede mejorar la legibilidad y eliminar defectos visibles, tales como manchas y decoloración. [11]

(In black the things that I have added to fix it. It is not too much!!)


Fordelene ved digital bibliotekene som et middel for enkel og rask tilgang til bøker, arkiv og bilder av ulike typer er nå anerkjent av kommersielle interesser og offentlige organer alike. [10]

Tradisjonelle biblioteker er begrenset av lagringsplass; digitale bibliotekene har potensial til å lagre mye mer informasjon, bare fordi digital informasjon krever svært lite fysisk plass til å inneholde det. Dermed kostnaden for å opprettholde et digitalt bibliotek er mye lavere enn for et tradisjonelt bibliotek.

En tradisjonell biblioteket må bruke store summer å betale for personalet, boken vedlikehold, leie ut, og flere bøker. Digitale bibliotek avskaffe disse avgiftene. Begge typer biblioteket kreve katalogisering skriving å tillate brukere å finne og hente materiale. Digitale bibliotek kan være mer villig til å vedta nyvinninger innen teknologi gir brukere med forbedringer i elektronisk og lyd bok teknologi samt presentere nye former for kommunikasjon som wikier og blogger; convetional bibliotekene kan vurdere som gir elektronisk tilgang til sin OPAC katalogen er tilstrekkelig. En viktig fordel for digital konvertering er økt tilgjengelighet for brukerne. Der også tilgjengeligheten til personer som kanskje ikke er tradisjonelle lånetakerne på et bibliotek, på grunn av geografisk plassering eller organisatoriske tilknytning.

Ingen fysisk grense. Brukeren av et digitalt bibliotek trenger ikke å gå til biblioteket fysisk; mennesker fra hele verden kan få tilgang til samme informasjon, så lenge en Internett-tilkobling er tilgjengelig.
Døgnet rundt tilgjengelighet. En stor fordel med digitale bibliotek er at folk kan få tilgang til informasjonen når som helst, natt og dag.
Flere tilgang. De samme ressursene kan brukes samtidig med en rekke institusjoner og individer
Informasjon henting. Brukeren er i stand til å bruke søkeordet (ord, setning, tittel, navn, emne) til å søke på hele samlingen. Digitale bibliotek kan gi svært brukervennlig, grensesnitt, som gir klikkbare tilgang til ressurser.
Bevaring og conservation.Digitization er ikke en langsiktig bevaring løsning for fysiske samlinger, men lykkes i å gi tilgang til kopier av materiale som ellers ville falle til fornedrelse fra gjentatt bruk. Digitalisert samlinger og born-digital objekter utgjør mange konservering og bevaring bekymringer som analog materialer ikke. Se følgende “problemer”-delen på denne siden for eksempler.
Space. Mens tradisjonelle biblioteker er begrenset av lagringsplass, digitale biblioteker har potensial til å lagre mye mer informasjon, bare fordi digital informasjon krever svært lite fysisk plass til å inneholde dem og media lagring teknologiene er rimeligere enn noensinne.
Merverdi. Visse egenskaper av gjenstander, først og fremst kvaliteten på bildene, kan bli bedre. Digitalisering kan forbedre Lesbarheten for saksbehandler og fjerne synlige feil som flekker og misfarging. [11]

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February 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm