[Fsfe-ie] Ireland's National Library Digitisation Programme

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Mon Apr 28 18:31:01 CEST 2014

Sadly, it seems the licensing terms for the digitized content may be pretty
crappy: http://www.nli.ie/en/faq/faq-rights-reproductions.aspx

There's a lot of "contact us to ask" in that page.


On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM, Ben North <ben at redfrontdoor.org> wrote:

> Saw the below article a few days ago.  Main point of interest to FSFE
> is the last bit of the quote, where the National Library's
> Digitisation Programme Manager says "we have achieved [the overhaul of
> our digitisation workflows and the putting in place of key technical
> infrastructure] with limited full time technical resources and a very
> restricted budget by collaborating on international open source
> projects."
> Good stuff.
> - - - - 8< - - - -
> The National Library of Ireland has released 10,500 newly-digitised
> items online.
> It means that a total of 63,000 items that tell the story of Ireland
> are now freely available worldwide through the National Library
> catalogue.
> Photographs of 1916 leader Tom Clarke, his wife Kathleen and family;
> and posters documenting the Suffragette movement are among the
> newly-digitised items.
> It also includes a portrait of the infamous Ellen Byrne, who was tried
> for her husband's murder in 1842 after his badly decomposed body was
> found in their shared bed.
> Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan said the
> newly-digitised collections "are a wonderful piece of our cultural and
> literary heritage, which will now be preserved for and made accessible
> to the people of Ireland for generations".
> He also said it showcases Ireland's growing reputation as a centre for
> the innovative use of digital technology.
> The library's Digitisation Programme Manager Sara Smyth said it was
> important to have an effective national programme of digitisation and
> preservation to ensure public access to culturally important
> collections.
> She said: "Libraries have always collected, managed and provided
> access to all forms of information.
> "While this core remit has not changed, dramatic advances in
> information technology means the NLI is driving forward a programme of
> metadata creation, digitisation, digital preservation and online
> access to our cultural heritage.
> "Since 2010, we have overhauled our digitisation workflows and put in
> place key technical infrastructures.
> "We achieved this with limited full time technical resources and a
> very restricted budget by collaborating on international open source
> projects."
> [http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0424/610963-national-library/]
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