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Virtual Slavica
Digital Libraries, Digital Archives

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ISBN 9780789026866
Published March 29, 2006 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Get an inside view of producing digital information projects

Digital technology has provided great opportunities as well as colossal challenges for information professionals at Slavic libraries, collections, and archives. Virtual Slavica: Digital Libraries, Digital Archives presents leading information experts exploring the monumental task of converting Slavic manuscripts and books for presentation in the digital realm. Readers get a clear inside view of how to conquer the various challenges that arise within digital library and archive projects through detailed descriptions of specific projects discussed in easy-to-understand language.

Slavic studies present innate problems when attempts are made to allow access to the material over the Internet. The Cyrillic alphabet is just one of the huge stumbling blocks standing in the way of universal access to this important material. Virtual Slavica: Digital Libraries, Digital Archives provides practical strategies for anyone looking for answers to problems within their own virtual information project. Copyright issues, digital reference, text encoding, online translation, presentation issues, and use of grant funding are some the topics comprehensively discussed to give information professionals clear solutions to the issues they may be facing. The book is carefully referenced.

Virtual Slavica: Digital Libraries, Digital Archives examines:

  • the persistence of multiple standards for digitally handling the Cyrillic alphabet
  • presenting the Comintern archives online
  • FEB-web—its structure, the creation of digital editions, its plans for the future
  • copyright issues in the twenty-first century
  • Meeting of Frontiers—the reorganization of the text content of the international collaborative digital library project at the Library of Congress
  • standardized encoding
  • practical and theoretical programming issues
  • the unforeseen difficulties—and solutions—to complete a grant-funded digital Slavic project
  • and more

Virtual Slavica: Digital Libraries, Digital Archives is of keen interest to librarians, archivists, Slavic studies academics, and library and information science educators and students.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Michael Neubert)
  • Frequently Asked Questions and Selected Resources on Cyrillic Multilingual Computing (Kevin S. Hawkins)
  • The Comintern Archives Database: Bringing the Archives to Scholars (Ronald D. Bachman)
  • The Comintern Archives Online (Tatyana Doorn-Moisseenko)
  • Academic Digital Libraries Russian Style: An Introduction to The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore (Joseph Peschio, Igor Pil’shchikov, and Konstantin Vigurskii)
  • The Central Eurasian Interactive Atlas Project: A Progress Report (Alexander Perepechko, Eileen Llona, Dmitry Sharkov, Michael Hunt, and Michael Biggins)
  • Collision or Coexistence? Copyright Law in the Digital Environment (Janice T. Pilch)
  • Organizing Interpretive Text for a Digital Library: How User Testing Found the Lost Frontier (Sandra J. Bostian)
  • Making the Cyrillic OPAC a Reality (Jane W. Jacobs and Malabika Das)
  • Adding Value to Slavic Electronic Texts: Approaches for Scholars and Librarians (Miranda Remnek)
  • No Free Lunch: Grant Adventures in the Digital Frontier (Bradley L. Schaffner)
  • Digital Reference in Slavic and East European Studies with an Examination of Practice at the University of Illinois and the Library of Congress (Angela Cannon)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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