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As the media of scientific communication has changed from paper to electronic, concern has been raised about the availability of materials published previously in print only. Related to issues over archiving and preservation, the costs and legal implications of digitization have been widely debated, and different initiatives established to capture print information in the new media.
See also the Hot Topic: Archiving and Preservation, and E-Books
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Articles & Reports
CLIR 2010 report: The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship
The report looks at how library holdings have (and are being) increasingly digitised, and questions the degree to which a new research library can be entirely digital. It considers the cost of retaining print, and how the large digitised databases (including the large digitisation projects) are meeting the needs of scholars.
CLIR report on digitising programmes: "Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization" (2008)
Report from CLIR evaluating four mass-digitisation programmes (Google Book Search, Microsoft Live Search Books, Open Content Alliance, and the Million Book Project) and their implications for long-term archiving and access.
Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document (2011)
Published by The US Copyright Office this document looks at copyright (and related) laws and how these are being affected by digitisation projects. It also raises questions to consider in determining an appropriate policy for the mass digitisation of books.
JISC "Risk Management Calculator"
Aimed at librarians planning digitisation projects, but providing useful guidance for anyone digitising content, the guide asks a few simple questions and provides a level of risk that can be used to decide on the best way forward.
EU Digital Libraries Initiative
The Digital Libraries Initiative is a project of the European Commission and part of its overall strategy to boost the digital economy. It includes Europeana and focuses on two areas: cultural and scientific heritage.
JISC digitisation projects
Started in 2004 and continuing through 2011 and beyond, JISC support a variety of digitisation projects, including film, artworks, news and journals.
PubMedCentral Back Issue Digitization Project
Digitisation service from PMC to capture content that is not currently in e-form – however it appears that the service has been discontinued.
Royal Society archive digitised
In 2011 the Royal Society announced that its complete journal archive, back to the first issue of Philosophical Transactions in 1665, has been digitised, and all articles older than 70 are available free.
This a partnership of major research institutions and
libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible
long into the future, and it supports and undertakes mass digitisation and
collective access projects. (But note that recently a case has been brought
against them by the Authors Guild for incorrectly identifying some books as
"orphan" works and therefore not obtaining permission to digitise them.
See the case for HathiTrust on its website: http://www.hathitrust.org/authors_guild_lawsuit_information)
and for the Authors Guild on its website: http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/articles/authors-3.html )
Publisher Digitisation Service from the British Library
British Library support for publishers digitising content launched in 2007.