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Ruth Rikowski

This book examines various views and perspectives on digitisation. As Simon Tanner, Director Digital Consultancy, King’s College London says in the Foreword: “Digitisation has become a cultural, scholastic, economic and political imperative and raises many issues for our consideration.” Furthermore, that the book: “. . . seeks to address and answer some of the big questions of digitisation. . . It succeeds on many levels. . .” There are 22 contributors in the book, all experts in their fields. The book is divided into six parts: Background and Overview to Digitisation and Digital Libraries; Digitisation and Higher Education; Digitisation and Inequalities; Digital Libraries, Reference Services and Citation Indexing; Digitisation of Rare, Valued and Scholarly Works; and Futuristic Developments of Digitisation.
Topics covered include electronic theses, search engine technology, digitisation in Africa, citation indexing, reference services, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, new media and scholarly publishing. The final chapter explores virtual libraries, and poses some interesting questions for possible futures. Ruth Rikowski concludes by indicating that: “. . . hopefully, the book will provide a source of inspiration for further research, leading to some more effective ways to proceed with the digitisation process. Also, that it will be possible to do this within a framework that can be used for good rather than ill, and for the benefit of many.”
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Bill Endres

This essay examines complexities that attend digitizing a cultural heritage artifact that is sacred to a contemporary community. It argues that scholars must first determine how the artifact participates in the life of its community. If this participation is integral, scholars should treat the artifact as a present-day cultural phenomenon, inseparable from its community. To explain the implications of this shift, the author turns to ethnography, which has a lengthy tradition of interacting with communities for generating research. Photographing a sacred artifact is not unlike other ethnographic research, whether tape recording stories, collecting documents, or gathering information about social practices. To guide digital work, the essay proposes ethnographic ethical principles, demonstrating their value in digitizing the 8th-century St Chad Gospels at Lichfield Cathedral, England—supporting Jamie Bianco's recent call for an "ethical turn" in the digital humanities.

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Bill Martin and Xuemei Tian

LOGOS 59 LOGOS 21/1-2 © 2010 LOGOS Xuemei Tian and Bill Martin Digitization and Publishing in Australia: A Recent Snapshot Formerly Head of Information Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and then Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies, at the Royal Mel- bourne Institute of

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Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope

LOGOS 12 LOGOS 21/1-2 © 2010 LOGOS Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis From Gutenberg to the Internet: How Digitisation Transforms Culture and Knowledge 1 A PhD graduate of the School of History, Philoso- phy and Politics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Mary Kalantzis is currently Dean of the College Developed by the Digital Content Group at the University of Wisconsin, Memorial Library , this is a project that aims to digitize rare, elusive, and out-of-print Africana materials and make them available in electronic format. At this

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Mahmoud Eid

Cyberspace is the most significant technological development of the late twentieth century. Yet it is inseparable from its cultural context. Hence the creation and continued evolution of cyberculture, developed through social interaction in the electronic environment of cyberspace. This chapter describes Cyber-Arab-Culture as one example of a newly emerging cyberculture, produced through the interactive processes of globalization, democratization, privatization, digitization, and Arabization. Globalization of media markets, digitization, and new media have led to an unprecedented democratization of international communication. Democratization is a gradual, ongoing process in Arab countries, with various requirements still to be achieved. Telecommunications policies have accomplished significant economic development in the region, most notably the privatization of administration, manufacturing, and service delivery. New media have influenced the region, and particularly its culture, through increasing access by the Arab public to international media content. Arabization of new media content has been a major goal in the region. Cyber-Arab-Culture is expected to facilitate the spread of Arab cultural values on the Internet; however, there have been anti-Cyber-Arab-Culture practices that impede the evolution of this new cyberculture. Arabs are encouraged to continue to develop and enhance Cyber-Arab-Culture, relying on their own widespread cultural patterns: primarily their basic cultural values, language, and verbal communication patterns.

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Alba Fedeli

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187846411X568768 Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 2 (2011) 100-117 The Digitization Project of the Qur ʾ ānic Palimpsest, MS Cambridge University Library Or. 1287, and the Verification of the Mingana-Lewis Edition: Where is Salām ? 1

Kulbir Singh Thind

The digitization of the Gurū Granth text in an editable format for use with a personal computer or similar device was started by Jaswant Singh from La Palma, California, USA, in the early 1990s, with encouragement from and under the guidance of Doctor Kulbir Singh Thind of San Mateo, California

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Edited by Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace

African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects? seeks to understand the complex changes brought about by the digital revolution. The editors, Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace, have brought together librarians, archivists, researchers and academics from three continents to analyse the creation and use of digital research resources and archives in and about Africa. The volume reveals new opportunities for research, teaching and access, as well as potential problems and digital divides. Published under the aegis of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa), this new work is a major step forward in understanding the impact of the Internet Age for the study of Africa, in and beyond the continent.

Contributors are: Terry Barringer, Hartmut Bergenthum, Natalie Bond, Mirjam de Bruijn, Ian Cooke, Jos Damen, Jonathan Harle, Diana Jeater, Rebecca Kahn, Peter Limb, Lucia Lovison-Golob, Walter Gam Nkwi, Jenni Orme, Daniel A. Reboussin, Ashley Rockenbach, Amidu Sanni, Simon Tanner, Edgar C. Taylor, Laurie N. Taylor, Marion Wallace, Massimo Zaccaria
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Michael Gorman

LOGOS 66 For libraries, digitization is a factor, not the future Michael Gorman Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, since 1988, Michael Gorman worked for the preceding eleven years at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Library. From 1966