Jeffrey Young has a good article on the Open Content Alliance in the Chron this week. The selectivity of the digitization effort and the openness of the process is a contrast to the Google Book Search library project. So is the Alliance’s approach to the whole copyright question – they are not digitizing books that are copyrighted without permission, avoiding the whole fair use question while providing an alternative approach to creating a quality digital library. Check out some of the books that have been digitized thus far.
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Are there any MARC records available? ANy plast o have them available?
Good question. Anyone know the answer? I don’t.
Speaking for the Internet Archive: when we scan a book we harvest MARC data, usually from the OPAC of the contributing library. If that isn’t available, we query LC or RLG. A MARC XML file and a binary MARC file are generated, both of which live in the directory where the scanned pages and derivative reading formats reside.
Thanks, Rick! wow, that was quick.