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The average lifespan for a website is 60 days. \"To a librarian, whose whole role in life is to preserve information, that is the stuff of sleepless nights.\"
As well as regularly archiving 10,000 sites, the British Library will take half-yearly \"snapshots\" of the entire .uk domain, which is presently 25 million webpages, with 60,000 being registered monthly. The library plans to create a cross section of British websites, consciously choosing a variety of sites, \"for example, we chose the Soil Association site and also the Monsanto site, to see how the debates on GM foods matched up.\" The archive will be cataloged, somehow, and they are investigated getting copyright clearance so that the public can browse the archives.Read the Full Story here
While Greene\'s authorized biographer toils away on the third volume of Greene\'s biography, other scholars are being denied access to Greene\'s papers by virtue of the library\'s restrictive reading of Greene\'s ambiguous intentions. \"
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The problems arise from a pointedly inserted a single comma that may or may not have drastically changed a document making it clear that he had authorized one writer to be his official biographer
The Royal Philharmonic Society archive could be split up or
leave the UK unless the cash appeal succeeds, the British
Library said today.
Deborah Bloom also sent in A Second Story on the same thing.
Charles Davis passed along
on the president of one of Romes most venerable musical institutions, who has sparked a row with
another organisation over the custody of valuable music artefacts.
He had joked that in their new home, musical treasures would be preserved and available for
research, unlike the original manuscript of Bellinis Norma, which he said is currently being gnawed
by mice under the very noses of the librarians.
But a journalist took the comment seriously and the librarian of the Conservatorio was asked to
Academics are warning that more needs to be done to
preserve Britain\'s digital heritage.
The Digital Preservation Coalition fears over-reliance on
technology means important contemporary records could
be lost to future generations.
Luis Acosta writes \"The Washington Post, in a story about a KGB archivist who meticulously collected and smuggled out information concerning the KGB\'s activities in Afganistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion, calls the archivist\'s work \"one of the most impressive acts of heroism ever performed by a librarian.\" More generally, the story highlights the difficulty of reconstructing history when events are manipulated by layers of misinformation by competing intelligence agencies.
See Steve Coll, \"Spies, Lies and the Distortion of History,\" Washington Post, February 24, 2002, page B1, or On The Web \"
Charles Davis passed along this Ananova Story on Ten Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle that are going on show to mark the Queen\'s Golden Jubilee.
In other art/library news, A boy of 10 discovered a long-lost Victorian painting worth up to £600,000 hanging above a bookcase in his school library.
The work, The Fate Of Persephone, was by leading British painter Walter Crane and had last been heard of in Germany in 1923 and is estimated at between £400,000 and £600,000.It will be put up for auction at Christie\'s in London on June 12th, just in case you have a few hundred thousand pounds in your fines jar you don\'t know what to do with.
That\'s about 856,850 US Dollars now.
The Texas state archives have released documents suggesting that Bush\'s ties to Enron\'s Kenneth Lay are much closer than he\'d have us believe. He appears to be trying hard to bury any additional evidence. Thanks to Metafilter.
From the New York Times (registration required):
The stacks of the Texas State Library and Archives groan with boxes of carefully preserved papers dating back to James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor, who served from 1846 to 1847. But anyone trawling for insights into the most recent former governor, George W. Bush, or say, his ties to Enron in the years he ran Texas, would have to travel 118 miles east to College Station. Even then, it might be months, maybe even years, before many of the records are available. The papers . . . are at the center of a tug of war between Mr. Bush and the director of the Texas state archives. By placing them at his father\'s presidential library at Texas A&M University, Mr. Bush is putting them in the hands of a federal institution that is not ordinarily bound by the state\'s tough Public Information Act . . .
\"Who needs a shredder when you have Daddy\'s presidential library?\" said James Newcomb, an official with the Better Government Association in Chicago, which relies heavily on freedom-of-information requests . . .