This short work by the Secretary of the Smithsonian G. Wayne Clough – Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, And Archives in the Digital Age – highlights the responsibilities cultural and educational institutions have in disseminating their collections so that all individuals, regardless of their background, can benefit from our national treasures. “Certainly the challenges of digital transformation are formidable, but if museums, archives, and libraries can learn different behaviors, they can take on a new and elevated role. By combining the strengths of our physical collections with the potential afforded by digital technology, we can truly offer the best of both world.”(3)
Archive for Information
Do you at times feel like you are drowning in a glut of information and data? Well, quite honestly, you are. According to this recent study HMI? How Much Information, the American consumer is subjected to almost 12 hours of information (defined “… as flows of data delivered to people and we measured the bytes, words, and hours of consumer information a day.”) or 1.3 TRILLION hours in 2008. And information from the workplace was not included. No wonder we are tired. Information overload in the business environment is addressed here. “Information overload” is a term coined by Alvin Toffler.
So great was the anticipation for Europeana, the name for the European Digital Library, that when it was opened yesterday more than 10 million hits per hour crashed the site. A planned repository of millions of texts, images, sound, and film, Europeana will become a resource of the first order when it is finally back up. Over 1000 institutions from the European Union have contributed digitized collections to this vast multilingual undertaking. A nice review of the project is found here. Europeana is slated to go back up in mid-December. In the meantime, check out our de facto national library, the Library of Congress and its digital treasures.