STORAGE DAYS as leaves are falling in the Northern hemisphere I am reviving old computer storage and transferring Terrabytes of data these days… if only the transport of data between disks would be faster (that is a bottleneck of any economy… the road system cluttering). Just looked at a 8 or 16 Terrabyte DROBO box… but I am hesitating… because of the limits of the connecting data transport devices... while looking at this one realises the fragility of our whole society based on data… Over time DATABASED society will develop into DATAERASED society, throwing us back to times before the digital stone of Rosetta…
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Posted in Archives and Library, Copyright & wrong, tagged cartography, edocr.com, electronic books, electronic publications, enlightenment, ePublication, Franciscus van den Enden (1602 - 1674), internet publishing, iPaper, Jonathan Israel (1946-), literary psycho-geography, mood mapping, psycho-geography, urban history, urban surveys on October 6, 2009 |
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A good format for recycling older texts and illustrated studies seems to be there almost. After the PDF format navigation and presentation enhancements, there are now on-line readers which offer the same and more functionality. A disadvantage of the PDF format is that when it is not just a few pages, but many, or even hundreds or a thousand pages or more, one has to wait till the downloading of the remotely stored PDF file has finished before reading is possible. One is often not sure if a chosen PDF file is really interesting enough and the browsability of web pages, the option to quickly scan an information object for it;s possible interest, is not there. I have tested now two systems that offer free posting of documents scribd.org and issuu.com and though the interface of issuu.com is more elegant, its lack of being able to add metadata (bibliographical information is the old term) to an ePublication (the term SCRIBD is using = iPaper) made me choose for scribd.org. The latest text I posted is a study from 2001 on literary psycho-geography of Edo/Tokyo…
I have implemented here a special embedded link to the software of my blog (WordPress) that ‘streams’ the rendered (scaled) pages directly into a WordPress blog. To see the full functionality it is better and click the link button to the SCRIBD site itself.
To my great surprise I discovered on scribd.org one of my favorite books on the enlightenment by Jonathan Israel “Enlightenment Contested- Philosophy, Modernity and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752″, a full thousand or so pages… which may be on the limits of what this ePublication service is intended for. Nevertheless the uploader states his postings of books “are intended for educational and familiarization purposes only” and calls people to buy the book when they really intend to use it (the selling price is between 55 and 70 dollars at the moment) and what we have here is a fully searchable version of the book; just try out the right hand corner search box of the neat and very fast scribd.org web interface and you can hop through the thousand pages guided by a simple search term; like I did with the name “van den enden” (Franciscus van den Enden 1602-1674, one of the inspirational masters for Spinoza who started his liofe in Antwerp and was hung for conspiracy against the French state in 1672 in Paris a very much undervalued radical thinker with his free comonwealth as described in “Vrye Politieke Stellingen” 1665 and similar proposals to establish a free community in what was than called “Nieuw Nederlants” in 1665).
Have a try on it as long as this fabulous historical text can be searched at will and with such neatly contextual display of search results, something far beyond the old book and its paper index is on show. It is an interesting question whether authorship rights and copyright property of a publisher may be called in question by such free internet availability. In this case the content of the book frequently speaks about ways of common property, natural rights and equalitarian practices. Our new technologies of reproduction and distribution – as is shown concretely with the link below – do make it possible to freely share that what has only to be produced once (scientific and technological knowledge); it breaks down the barriers between a privileged academic class with its members only access to information and ‘free learners’ – like myself – that claim equal chances of being informed. For as long as it lasts, enjoy the book-link below here… and also you can even in this small format nicely do a search, that options is somewhat hidden so I add here a screendump with an explanation how to do all that..
Click on the arrow down icon, indicated by a red circle and enter there your search term.
Now see how neat such a search (even in a small window) can be accessed. The full screen version will show you the contextual search terms in a right hand column, as I have described in the text above.
A staff member of the firm edocr.com pointed me to their service for ePublication, so I registered and tested the same simple PDF of my psycho-geography research of 2001. They use FlashPaper a Macromedia software for conversion and display… I have embedded here the result (inserting the edocr embedding code in HTML editing mode of WordPress) and let me see how it looks & works… Oops WordPress blogger software in use here does not like this embedding code, which does not surprise me, though the edocr.com management page happily shows this:
So they may need to write a more specific embedding piece of code than the one below?
<object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.edocr.com/embed/79008bd66103083e99d51b2df33fdaef19b79454″ width=”425″ height=”348″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.edocr.com/embed/79008bd66103083e99d51b2df33fdaef19b79454″ /></object>
I also send my bitter sweet comments after uploading my first test file, the remarks can be found in the comments below this posting.
You may like to read also my other post related to this subject on the “access privilege of the academic class” and the back door option of a USB stick at some university computers… This post has been noted also by a blog specialized in this subject: Free Our Books, which is highly recommended.
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Posted in Archives and Library, Caribbean and neighboring areas, tagged bibliografie, Caraibisch Uitzicht blog, colonial collections, digital cultural heritage, Googlebooks, Henna Goudzand, Michiel van Kempen, Suriname on September 9, 2009 |
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A quick collage made for the OER magazine on the basis of a picture I did find on the cover of another Surinam related printed magazine OSO (vol.28; number 1; April 2009) and the editors have ripped this picture from some archive (I will check what the actual picture origin is, just out of curiosity) it's for a column called "halfbloedjes land" (land of little half bloods). Collage keeps a picture alive!
Last week, by email, two old friends crossed my way, bending back my time line to thirty years ago, to Surinam and Carib literature and working in Paramaribo. Henna Goudzand who I first met in Paramaribo – during the days of a sergeants state and their imposed curfew – was a colleague of my girlfriend Josien Eissens who had taken a job to instruct new Dutch language teachers over there.
Henna lives since long in the Netherlands and she did ask me recently to make an illustration for her new digital magazine “OER digitaal vrouwenblad“. The first issue of OER was announced on a blog about Caribbean literature and that appeared to be produced by another friend of who I had lost sight, Michiel van Kempen. At the end of the eighties - in Amsterdam – he had been introduced to me by Henna as a possible candidate to work on a bibliography of Surinam related books from the collection of the University of Amsterdam. From 1973 till 1998 I worked as a curator of the Documentation Center of Modern Social Movements at the University Library of Amsterdam and my prolonged stay in Surinam – in 1980 – had woken my interest in the cultural heritage gab produced by the Dutch colonial history. In 1991 I had written a proposal for making an inventory of any kind of publication relating to Surinam in the collections of the University of Amsterdam. It was Michiel van Kempen, together with a colleague of mine from the library, Kees van Doorne, who did a splendid job by finding and cataloguing almost 8000 publications (including historical maps), all this within five years. The results have been published in a fat printed catalogue with an impressive index: Suriname-Catalogus van de Universiteitsbibliotheek van Amsterdam in 1995.
The last decade I had little contact with the Surinam milieu and so it is a pleasure to be connected again. Yesterday I wrote my first post for the nice Caraib literature blog, and in the writing process I had a vision of Google helping a project of colonial “Widergutmachung” by scanning all those publications from the University of Amsterdam …. (because when I flip through the description of 8000 or so neatly catalogued books and other publications related to Surinam, such bibliographical items always give me the sensation of visiting a Gulag camp with thousands of books suffering and moaning, waiting to be set free and communicate with all those eager readers outside the barbed wire fence of academia and copyrights).
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Volgens een onderzoek van de Europese Commissie willen de meeste internetgebruikers niet betalen voor online content schrijft Maraie-José Klaver in haar weblog over digitale zaken bij NRC/Handelsblad: “Uit het onderzoek blijkt dat de afgelopen 3 maanden minder dan 5 procent van de internetgebruikers in de Europese Unie betaald heeft voor digitale content. Slechts 20 procent van de internetgebruikers zouden willen betalen voor content als alle gratis opties verdwijnen.”
Dat deed mij denken aan de gratis papieren-informatie-opties die nu stilzwijgend aan het verdwijnen zijn:
Veel wetenschappelijke literatuur die vroeger voor een ieder die niet lui was te vinden was in publiek toegankelijke bibliothen met name die van de universiteiten, zijn nu enkel nog in digitale vorm – on-line – beschikbaar voor studenten en academici, die daarvoor een aparte inlogprocedure moeten doorlopen. De universiteiten hebben strenge contracten om deze exclusiviteit te bewaken. Vrije toegankelijkheid tot informatie (ooit vastgelegd in het culturele deel van de accoorden van Helsinki) als burgrerecht sijpelt zo met de dag weg. Sommige universiteiten hebben een sluiproute opengelaten voor buiten universitaire gebruikers in de vorm van het ter plekke on-line raadplegen met de mogelijkheid om via een USB stick de gewenste informatie over te nemen.
Academic resources, especially periodicals, are more and more published and subscribed to in digital format. This diminishes non-academic public access to these resources as such data sources tend to be closed to non-members of universities and the like. Freedom of information is thus declining in our area of ubiquitous electronic communication. One needs to be a privileged member of the academic class to have access. This situation demands a reestablishment of the right to information for all citizens. Now commercial interests ban many people from scientific information sources. Some Dutch University Libraries have left open a backdoor for the knowledgeable general public, who can put their USB stick in some computers within the university to thus realize the traditional notion of freedom of access to the sciences for all.
Ook is er een tendens bij universiteiten om via pasjes de toegankelijkheid van hun instellingen voor buitenstaanders te beperken. Het ideaal van vrije toegankelijkheid van informatie ter stimulering en verheffing van de natie wordt hiermee verkwanseld.
Het oude idee van de openbare bibliotheken en universiteits bibliotheken als tempels van kennis waar een ieder die dat wenst van de bron kan drinken zou een nieuwe vorm dienen te krijgen in deze tijd van toenemende exploitatie van kennis. Het is ergerlijk dat de voorbeelden van de amusements-industrie en degenen die de producten daarvan gratis proberen te bemachtigen ook gebruikt wordt voor alle andere vormen van informatie. Overheidsarchieven hebben zich al sinds enige jaren geprofileerd als plaatjes uitmelkbedrijven, terwijl het materiaal dat zij brengen eigenlijk in het publiek domein geplaats zou moeten worden. Is het de historische Hollandse vrekkigheid die dit teweeg brengt? Wie weet wat er in de Verenigde Staten – op basis van de Jefferson traditie – aan archief materiaal vrij te vinden is, zal mijn afkeer van de Hollandse culturele zuinigheid beter kunnen begrijpen.
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