Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Digitization Tool

A tool from the Carnegie Mellon may help speed digitization of texts.
Carnegie Mellon researchers have launched a new service that will not only protect e-mail addresses on the web from spambots, but also help digitize a backlog of old books, magazines, and newspapers so that they can eventually be computer searchable. The service, called reCAPTCHA, hopes to use the eyeballs of millions of Internet users to identify thousands of words for the Internet Archive.

Naval Observatory Library

I've just returned from a visit at the U.S. Naval Observatory Library. The largest astronomy library in the country, with 80,000 volumes. The main reading room is beautiful. The grounds are beautiful . The view from the roof is breath-taking. Greg and Sally were good hosts. The folks who visit next week during ALA are in for a special treat