Digital Campus #29 – Making It Count

Tom, Mills, and I take up the much-debated issue of whether and how digital work should count toward promotion and tenure on this episode of the podcast. We also examine the significance of university presses putting their books on Amazon’s Kindle device, and the release of better copyright records. [Subscribe to this podcast.] Happy 4th … Continue reading Digital Campus #29 – Making It Count

Digital Campus #24 – Running from the Law

On the first podcast of our second year of the Digital Campus podcast, we discuss some of the legal constraints and threats that academic content providers and digital tool builders face—namely, an increasingly confusing and nightmarish patchwork of regulations from copyright to patents. We talk about the ways in which we have tried to pursue … Continue reading Digital Campus #24 – Running from the Law

A Closer Look at the National Archives-Footnote Agreement

I've spent the past two weeks trying to get a better understanding of the agreement signed by the National Archives and Footnote, about which I raised several concerns in my last post. Before making further (possibly unfounded) criticisms I thought it would a good idea to talk to both NARA and Footnote. So I picked … Continue reading A Closer Look at the National Archives-Footnote Agreement

The Flawed Agreement between the National Archives and Footnote, Inc.

I suppose it's not breaking news that libraries and archives aren't flush with cash. So it must be hard for a director of such an institution when a large corporation, or even a relatively small one, comes knocking with an offer to digitize one's holdings in exchange for some kind of commercial rights to the … Continue reading The Flawed Agreement between the National Archives and Footnote, Inc.

Understanding the 2006 DMCA Exemptions

If Emerson was correct that genius is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in the mind simultaneously, the American legal system just gained enough IQ points to join Mensa. Already, our collective legal mind was showing its vast intelligence trying to square the liberties of the people with the demands of government and industry. … Continue reading Understanding the 2006 DMCA Exemptions

Doing Digital History June 2006 Workshop

If your work deals in some way with the history of science, technology, or industry, and you would like to learn how to create online history projects, the Echo Project at the Center for History and New Media is running another one of our free, week-long workshops. The workshop covers the theory and practice of … Continue reading Doing Digital History June 2006 Workshop

Impact of Field v. Google on the Google Library Project

I've finally had a chance to read the federal district court ruling in a case, Field v. Google, that has not been covered much (except in the technology press), but which has obvious and important implications for the upcoming battle over the legality of Google's library digitization project. The case, Field v. Google, involved a … Continue reading Impact of Field v. Google on the Google Library Project