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Thousands of Books Burnt in Library Fire in Germany - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
September 5th, 2004
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Thousands of Books Burnt in Library Fire in Germany
תמיד עצוב לשמוע על ספרים שנשרפים, ועל ספרים עתיקים כפל כפליים.

אני מקווה שתוך כמה שנים נזכה לדיגיטציה שלמה של כל האוספים הנדירים בעולם, ולא נאבד יותר מידע בשריפות, גם אם עדיין ייתכן שנאבד את הפריטים הפיזיים עצמם.

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From:gaal
Date:September 5th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
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That's a great idea -- but I don't think it'll happen without legislation. Rare book collections don't like disturbing the items. Digitization will reduce access in the long run, of course, but to properly do it for an ancient tome you need careful scanning and proofreading, which means much handling.
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From:ijon
Date:September 5th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm optimistic; even Israeli archives, such as the national library at HUJI, are already deep in digitization processes (of limited scale, and dependent on external funding, granted). I think the digital revolution is still gathering momentum, and Lessig's Free Culture and Suber's FOS or OA or whatever it's called are all gathering support and, IMO, cannot fail to have widespread (though never total, naturally) adoption.
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From:gaal
Date:September 5th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Suber's effort focuses on getting current stuff opened (in specific ways). I'm sure he'd be happy to have existing documents digitized (in the case of ancient ones, who won't?) -- but this is not the priority of his initiative. Digitization of ancient books is siginificantly more costly!
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From:lilacsinmarch
Date:September 5th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)

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Books are books and as hard as you might try nothing will ever replace the feeling of old pages and the smell and the touch...
When I was in Italy I went to visit one of the libraries in an old medical school,these books were hand made,written and painted with amazing care,nothing can replace such books not even a nice digitized version of them.
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From:perpetual_gb
Date:September 5th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
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I know I almost never actually post on your journal, but I do read it quite often. I actually added you for your German journal but you never post there so I watch this one. I'm really interested in this story. I'd look it up but I have limited comp access at the moment (it's timed) so if it's no trouble I'd appreciate you posting a German or english link so when I come back all I have to do is click. If it's a bother I won't be offended if you say no. Thanks for providing me interesting reading on a regular basis. I hope we can "talk" more in the future.

/glas
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From:steelight
Date:September 6th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)

You can Google it.

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From:perpetual_gb
Date:September 7th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: You can Google it.

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Thanks so much!

/glas
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From:perpetual_gb
Date:September 7th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)

Re: You can Google it.

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dang, it won't load properly. Oh well,I have more consistant(and not timed) access now so I should have time to find it.

Have a great day.

/glas
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From:ijon
Date:September 6th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
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Hey, good to hear from you! I'm glad you enjoy my journal. I wish I found time to practice my German at deijon, yes. :(

Here's an English item on the Weimar fire.
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From:perpetual_gb
Date:September 7th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Good to hear from you too! I know how hard it is to find time to practice. I'm going to be in Germany in a few months and I really need to get on top of my vocabulary or i'll make such a fool of myself. Thank so much for the link!

/glas
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