Thursday April 23, 2009

The World Digital Library is here

Zooming in on ‘Voyage Around the World by the King’s Frigate La Boudeuse and the Ship L’Etoile in 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769’ by Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, 1772

The World Digital Library (WDL) was launched on Tuesday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

It’s an incredible feat of digitisation.

Initial exhibits include The Tale of Genji; the first Aztec mention of child Jesus; ancient Arabic texts that were used in the formation of algebra; Chinese oracle bone script; an 8,000-year-old African painting of bleeding antelopes; the Waldseemüller map, the earliest map to mention America by name; the Codex Gigas; Samuel de Champlain’s Des Sauvages; an audio recording of a 101-year-old former American slave; World War I recruitment posters; an 1899 Swedish government handbook for Scandinavian immigrants; Doctrina Christiana, en lengua española y tagala, the first Spanish and Tagalog book ever published; an Aleutian translation of the Bible by a Russian saint; Islamic manuscripts from Mali; Hyakumanto Darani; rare photographs originating in Imperial China, the Ottoman Empire, and Tsarist Russia; the first recording of La Marseillaise; the world’s first film from the Lumiere brothers; a photolithographic reproduction of the Constitution of India; calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizda; the Huexotzinco Codex; and the Nuremberg Chronicle.

The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Navigation tools and content descriptions are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Many more languages are represented in the actual books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other primary materials, which are provided in their original languages.

The World Digital Library was developed by a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, with contributions by partner institutions in many countries.

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Friday July 11, 2008

Good Reading Online

Mosman Library has recently acquired access to this unique and exciting new Australian resource that contains a wide variety of interesting information on everything about books; including reviews, author profiles and stories, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and much more.

The online edition is an exact digital copy of the print edition but has the added benefits of links to more information, interesting websites and email addresses. You will also be able to browse and keyword search the current issue and growing library of back issues.

Good Reading is available in the library or at home via our website.

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Thursday May 1, 2008

ARROW Discovery Service

ARROW is an exciting new research tool provided by the National Library of Australia to provide instant access to scholarly resources for students, academics and members of the public.

This service provides access to the research outputs of Australian universities: many are unpublished theses, preprints or post prints, as well as published journal articles, images, working papers and technical reports.

The majority of items discoverable through the Service are available online at home, and also contain statistics, including tables of the most popular authors and institutions.

It currently contains more than 137,000 records harvested from 23 university repositories and 12 other research collections, including the Australasian Digital Theses program, and several e-journals.

As an example of how it works, a search on “climate change” returns a relevance-ranked result set of 722 records from 21 different university repositories, plus the Australasian Digital Theses Program and an e-journal from UTS.
These results can then be refined to zero in on specific subjects such as climatology resources, or to those dealing with conservation and biodiversity.

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Wednesday March 26, 2008

Got a legal problem?

The State Library of NSW has a great site that answers everyday questions about the law in NSW.

Is that broken down fence between you and your neighbour’s property your responsibility? Can anything be done about those barking dogs?

Find Legal Answers can help.

Easy to read, this site has been designed as a support to the LIAC (Legal Information Access Centre) collection available at Mosman Library.

This specialised collection is a service provided by The State Library of NSW to offer access to information about the law for all members of the NSW community.

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Tuesday November 6, 2007

Man shortage in Mosman?

A new study of 25-34 year old singles by statistician Bernard Salt based on the 2006 census figures showed Mosman had more available women than men, with just 85 blokes for every 100 single sheilas.
- Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October 2007

How else has your community changed over the past 5 years?

The Mosman Community Profile has been updated with results from the 2006 Census.

The Community Profile is an excellent resource for the business community, students, researchers and the community in general.

It enables detailed analysis of the changes to the Mosman community over a 15 year period, as it presents statistics from the 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 censuses in table and graph format.

The Profile shows that there have been no significant changes to the composition of the Mosman community over the past five years.

The population has increased by 2.9% to 26,236.

20.5% of the population is aged between 0 and 17, and 21.0% is aged 60 years and over. The largest changes in age structure were in the age groups 60 to 69 (+645) and 85 and over (+121 persons).

View the Mosman Community Profile.

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Friday October 26, 2007

Visualising development

Governments and international agencies hold a lot of data – like population, life expectancy, income. But getting to it is hard work, and interpreting it can be even harder.

Gapminder gives you tools to explore the changing world from your own computer. Moving graphics show developments across selected countries by the indicators you choose.

Gapminder wants to make data more accessible and easier to use for instant visual analysis… The idea is that all people, independently of their political agenda, should get free access to already existing statistics about global development to easily improve their understanding about the complex society.

Hans Rosling, one of the founders of Gapminder, gives a practical demonstration in this lecture:

Visit gapminder.org to run your own analyses.

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