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Archive for January, 2008

Not only does the library of congress have a blog they also started a flickr partnerships to share “more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections […] on our new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.”

If you want to read more about this you can read a blog post by David Weinberger or go directly to the original post.

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Peter Suber reports that OECD improved access to their statistical databases:

“The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has overhauled its statistical service, making it easier to locate relevant statistics in the OECD’s databases.

OECD.Stat, now available in beta, enables users to search all 50 of the OECD’s statistical databases at the same time.”

The original announcement can be accessed here.

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Ron Davies an expert in information systems wrote a review of the CGIAR Virtual Library, which was published in The Electronic Library.

His main Conclusion is that the project was overall a success, and that there are good reasons for creating specialized library portals that pool different resources on specific subjects together in one place alongside institutional portals, which focus more all information concerning one organization or institution. These reasons include reduced risk, faster implementation and reduced maintenance costs. The main challenge, however, remains to find the right degree of integration between the institutional portals of the CGIAR centers and the library portal (the Virtual Library) to increase accessibility and visibility of the resources and keep the maintenance costs and time low.

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