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Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Project

Although not a topic for Slavic Studies or Central Asian Studies librarianship, I will periodically post some interesting web-sites for my global readers. The purpose of these posts is to acquaint our readership with recent advances in digitization projects around the globe.

Jane Austen’s fiction manuscripts are the first significant body of holograph evidence surviving for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. The manuscripts were held in a single collection until 1845, when at her sister Cassandra’s death they were dispersed among family members, with a second major dispersal, to public institutions and private collections, in the 1920s Digitization enables their virtual reunification and will provides scholars with the first opportunity to make simultaneous ocular comparison of their different physical and conceptual states; it will fa…

Digital Newspaper Archive Launched at Dr. Friedrich Teßmann Library

Source Description: The digital newspaper archive of the Dr. Friedrich Teßmann Library offers the possibility to skim and scan digitized newspapers and periodicals published in the Alpine area.

The coverage at Dr. Friedrich Teßmann Library begins from 1794 through 2006.The site is in English, German and Italian languages. The library collects and displays digital copies of Alpine Newspapers.

The Manumed Project from the European Union Funding

Manumed is a Euro-Mediterranean project funded by the European Union within the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV
The Manumed project database currently consists of a body of documentation (manuscripts, prints, videos, radio broadcasts, etc.) including 255,635 digital files and 13,373 descriptive summaries.
New functions will be available as of 17th May 2010 which will notably include the option of performing direct searches of the content of written documents using keywords (OCR technology).
One can discover the latest documents to be included in the platform, which notably include manuscripts from the Lmuhub Ulahbib manuscript library (Bejaïa, Algeria) and Arabic and Berber manuscript content notably relating to the sciences and mathematics --
For more information about the Manumed project, see

Version one of the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography Published
This bibliography presents over 360 selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation.
Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included.  Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints for published articles in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.  Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical.
See the scope note for further details:
The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may
also be of interest:
* Digital Scholarship 2009
* Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 6
* Institutional Repository Bibliography, Version 2 http:/…

Some Newspaper digitization projects around the Globe

ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers
Digital Archives of Mongolian Newspapers (1990-1995)
Digital National Library of Serbia-Newspaper Project Here newspapers like Zenit can be read
Tibet Mirror at Columbia University
National Library of Germany Newspaper Digitization Project (ZEFYS, das Zeitungsinformationssystem)
The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek includes a lot of free resources(Source: Dr. Katalin Radics, UCLA Library)

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A new newspaper digitization project from Canada!

Dear Readers,

    Although, this blog is primarily dedicated to the Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, periodically as the contributor to this blog, I post some interesting links. I hope that you will take full advantage of this open source information. In the era of "accepted Globalization", we often see efforts to bring forth the information that was previously crystallized in the print form to the digital world. The word open-access serves us as a reminder of the fact that some of the information content in the world is still proprietary. What this means is that the Open-Access offers an alternate way of disseminating information to those who would consume it.
    Here is some information about a new newspaper digitization project from Canada. The project is titled, "Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Online."
    The self description of the project is as follows, "Through the autumn and winter of 2009-2010, a trial newspaper digitization project sponsored…

Call for Papers: Building Open Society in Central Asia & South Caucasus

The Central Eurasia Project's Occasional Paper Series

Call for Papers: Building Open Society in Central Asia & South Caucasus

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant-making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. OSI was created in 1993 by investor and philanthropist George Soros to support his foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. OSI has expanded the activities of the Soros foundations network to other areas of the world where the transition to democracy is of particular concern. Active in more than 70 countries, the Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities, the Open Society Institute supports justice and human rights, freedom of expression and access to public health and education.

The Central Eurasia Project (CEP) is one …