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Boston Public Library sagt Googles Digitalisierung ab – zugunsten der OCA

Das Boston Library Consortium (BLC) ist seiner Selbstbeschreibung zufolge „an association of 19 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island“. Das BLC ist ein Schwergewicht unter den regionalen US-Bibliotheksverbünden: Unter den Teilnehmenden befindet sich u.a. die Boston Public Library, eines der gröÃ?ten und ältesten öffentlichen Bibliothekssysteme der USA, aber auch die Bibliothek des renommierten Forschungsinstituts MIT. Peter Suber, Open Access News, weist nun auf eine sehr interessante Presserklärung des BLC vom 20.9.2007 hin:

The Boston Library Consortium, Inc. (BLC) announced today that it will partner with the Open Content Alliance to build a freely accessible library of digital materials from all 19 member institutions. The BLC is the first large-scale consortium to embark on such a self-funded digitization project with the Open Content Alliance. (…)

The Consortium will offer high-resolution, downloadable, reusable files of public domain materials. Using Internet Archive technology, books from all 19 libraries will be scanned at a cost of just 10 cents per page. Collectively, the BLC member libraries provide access to over 34 million volumes. (…)

The BLCâ??s Executive Director, Barbara G. Preece commented, „(…) The BLC/OCA project will ensure that materials digitized will remain free and open to scholars and the public.“ (…)

Ergänzend verweist Peter Suber auf einen ebenfalls bemerkenswerten Hintergrundbericht des Library Journal Academic Newswire über den Deal. Auszug:

The announcement comes shortly after OCA founder Brewster Kahle told Library Journal that Boston Public Library officials had chosen not to pursue the chance to participate in commercial projects, choosing instead to work with OCA. „Revolutions aren’t started by majorities,“ Kahle said. „They come from leaders who see things that need to be done. Boston Public Library, for example, has been courted by Google, but it has said it is going to remain open.“ (…)

The OCA has been making steady, if quiet progress in comparison to its commercial counterparts. It now counts 40 members and regional scanning centers in six cities scanning up to 12,000 books a month, over four million pages. Unlike with commercial scan plans, there are no restrictions on public domain books scanned by OCA members. Users are not forced to use proprietary interfaces, and OCA scans are not hidden from rival search engines. Books scanned under the BLC initiative will be hosted by the Internet Archive (…)

Autor: Lambert Heller

Librarian 2.0, interested in knowledge management, publishing and communities on the web. Likes Open Access / Open Data. Hannover, Germany.

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  1. Hat zwar ein paar Wochen gedauert, aber nun hat auch die New York Times das Thema entdeckt und ganz groß ‚rausgebracht ; heise online hat sich dankenswerterweise drangehängt.