Presentation on theme: "Million Book Project Today Gloriana St. Clair October 21, 2003 OCLC."— Presentation transcript:
Million Book Project Today Gloriana St. Clair October 21, 2003 OCLC
Thesis The future of libraries is digital. Development and growth of an international library project Opportunities and challenges in collaboration, content, and sustainability
Main Points Why? Genesis: Leaders, Partners Realities: Collections and logistics Dreams: Comments about the vision
Why? Libraries are very unevenly distributed across the world and within countries. Even in the U.S. there are enormous differences. Now technology makes possible a universal world library in which every person has access to anything written.
Why? In the end, this will be Vannevar Bushs Memex. - Michael Lesk, Internet Archive Bush, As We May Think Atlantic Monthly (July 1945) bks/computer/bushf.htm
Leaders Co-Directors: Raj Reddy and Gloriana St. Clair Michael Shamos – intellectual property; e-commerce Jaime Carbonell – machine translation; information mining; auto-summarization
Partners National Science Foundation 2001$665, $1,000, $1,000, $1,000,000 for equipment and travel
Partners Internet Archive
Partners Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Indiana University National Agriculture Library OCLC Penn State University University of California, Berkeley University of Washington
Partners China: Beijing University Chinese Academy of Science Fudan University Ministry of Education of China Nanjing University State Planning Commission of China Tsinghua University Zhejiang University India: Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering Goa University Indian Institute of Science Indian Institute of Information Technology–Allahabad International Institute of Information Technology– Hyderabad Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy University of Pune
At an Internet café in Hyderabad
Collections BCL - 60,000 best books U.S. government documents Partners unique cultural treasures University press negotiations Copyright clearance projects for targeted subject areas
New Collection Vision Half of the collection might be academic press books in copyright but out-of-print
Possible U Press Partners National Academy Press MIT Press Harvard University Press - list of BCL books Need electronic version of the 1989 BCL
Constraints The collection must be composed of many sub-collections. Librarians will be consulted to ensure solid selection criteria. Copyright is a serious barrier to an effective effort.
Research Initiatives Machine translation Massive distributed database Storage formats Use of digital libraries Distribution and sustainability Security Search engines Image processing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Language processing Copyright laws
Distribution and Sustainability OCLC?
Latest Developments China received funding Over 30,000 books use Internet Explorer!http://www.dli.gov.in/home.htm Million Book Project Libraries/MBP_FAQ.html Libraries/MBP_FAQ.html
Thank you & Q&A Gloriana St. Clair Dean of University Libraries Carnegie Mellon University