Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Open Content Aliance (OCA) Attracts New Members

From LJ Academic Newswire, Brewster Kahle convinced the Boston Library Consortium to commit $500,000 over two years to scan public domain texts for the open access repository. Unlike the digital conversion programs of Google and Microsoft, these texts would be search engine-agnostic. UConn is involved as well, and hired a digital projects librarian to help manage its contribution. Matt W., in his reference to the news release, shared this excerpt, "The library staff at UConn was unanimous in its endorsement of unrestricted access to materials we digitize ... We are ready to turn down funding from companies that restrict searching digital collections through their proprietary search engine." Rather different from the Yale approach.

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