I don't think they'd have the resources to take on a project this big. Who knows though! Would certainly be cool.

On 09/04/16 15:54, Leigh Blackall wrote:


Doesn't Archive.org digitized for free if it's going on their site as Commons? They were is 2006, I know that.

On 09/04/2016 1:46 PM, "Sam Wilson" <s...@samwilson.id.au <mailto:s...@samwilson.id.au>> wrote:

    The argument for Ancestry is maybe slightly stronger, I reckon, in
    that often they're digitizing collections that are smaller and
    unlikely to have much funding (e.g. local government areas and
    smaller, even single churches sometimes). So it sort of makes
    sense to pay for that (because the organisations that own the
    collections can't do it).

    The SLNSW, on the other hand, is a single large institution and
    already has the skills and means to digitize. It's just a matter
    of money?

    Not that I know much about any of this :-) but the approach of the
    Australian War Memorial seems pretty good: get people who want
    particular items to pay for them to be digitized, and then make
    the digital files available for free to everyone else. That's the
    sort of non-commercial ethos that would be great to see within any
    publicly-funded institution. :)

    —Sam

    On 09/04/16 09:07, Kerry Raymond wrote:

    I’m with Andrew, it’s a both a blessing and a curse. I’ve seen
    the same thing happen in family history. Once the records were
    there in physical form in a distant part of the world (result: no
    access for most people); then Ancestry came along and offered to
    digitise them and sell subscriptions to access the data (result:
    access for anyone willing/able to pay). For me, I find the
    Ancestry subscription cost reasonable for what I get access to (I
    use it for Wikipedia research as well as family history) but not
    everyone thinks it’s affordable.

    So, I think the real question with SLNSW is “at what price will
    it become accessible?”.

    When the time is right, we should try to negotiate for the
    Wikipedia Library program to get access to some subscriptions
    (assuming that’s the model chosen – could be pay-per-view).

    Kerry

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    More of a concern, IMO

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    On 8 Apr 2016, at 12:47 PM, Andrew Owens
    <orderinchao...@gmail.com <mailto:orderinchao...@gmail.com>> wrote:

        Hi all,

        Just noticed an article about the NSW State Library that's
        either an opportunity or a concern...

        
http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nsw-state-library-to-turn-3bn-collection-over-to-private-sector-417974

        kindest regards

        Andrew

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