Sam's notebook

GITenberg August 21st, 2014, 9AM

Open content Reading

This is a project that I’ve wanted for years, and now it’s here: Project GITenberg is a Free and Open, Collaborative, Trackable and Scriptable digital library. It leverages the power of the Git version control system and the collaborative potential of Github to make books more open. 40,000 Project Gutenberg books have been uploaded […]

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Wiki Wednesday August 22nd, 2012, 5PM

Open content

Because I never make the time elsewhere to get anything done, I have decided to schedule in an hour or so — just a tiny bit of time, but regular (and here I am, for the second time) — every Wednesday afternoon at the local library, to focus on Wikimedia stuff. Not that I’m very […]

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Brewster Kahle on the Internet Archive January 14th, 2012, 5AM

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We offered unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, for ever, for free — to anybody who has something to share that belongs in a library. —Brewster Kahle, Entertainment Gathering Conference 2007 (republished as a TED Talk). The above quote is at 14:19. The crux of it is of course “something that belongs in a library”. If one […]

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20 million books in my library October 3rd, 2011, 8PM

Open content

I really like digital, online, libraries. Like Wikisource and Project Gutenberg. They make me feel like I’ve got a huge personal library, that I can delve into whenever I feel like it. They’re not quite as good as, say, Chifley, from the point of view of strolling calmly along the stacks and discovering something exciting […]

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Turning Over an Old Leaf November 23rd, 2007, 12PM


So here I am, back in the office, and bored again. I have spent the morning trawling the Arts Full Text database; from the ‘Notebooks’ category, to ‘Reading and Books’, and thence to things about binding, I’ve been remembering that thrill of quiet, sparse, precise, personal times in libraries, with books and a notebook. Nicholson […]

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