The history of information, as mapped by one man [...]

HistoryofInformation.com is designed to help you follow the development of information and media, and attitudes about them, from the beginning of records to the present.[...]Could there possibly be a better project for a confirmed generalist?...

 

First NSF Digital Libraries awards (1994) tied to Google’s origins [...]

> In 1994 the National Science Foundation Digital Libraries InitiativeOffsite Link made its first six awards. One of the six initial awards, funded on September 1, 1994, was for The Stanford Integrated Digital Library ProjectOffsite Link, in which Larry Page and Sergey Brin participated....

 

America’s digital library of digital libraries [...]

IMLS Digital Collections & Content is a huge aggregation of digital content from many institutions that created digital libraries with US Institute of Museum & Library Services funding....

 

eBooks were invented in 1971 as a noncommercial project [...]

Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971. The mission of Project Gutenberg is simple: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. This mission is, as much as possible, to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them awa...

 

LOCKSS = Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe [...]

How does a digital library work? LOCKSS is one way, started in 1998 based on the OAIS Reference Model (Open Archival Information System). The LOCKSS Program is an open-source, library-led digital preservation system built on the principle that “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” The LOCKSS system is the first and only mechanism to apply the traditional purchase-and-...

 

The rewards of information gardens vs. streams [...]

Most mainstream web platforms now are information streams. With alternative formats like wikis, you can cultivate online information as a garden, a growing hypertext library, says Mike Caulfield, one of the makers of Wikity. The Garden is the web as topology. The web as space. It’s the integrative web, the iterative web, the web as an arrangement and rearrangement o...