Tag Archives: BNF

Expropriation from the common heritage

Some context for English speaking readers: on 15 January 2013 the French National Library (BnF) has signed public-private partnerships for the digitizing of 70000 ancient books (up to 1700) and 200,000 78 and 33 rpm sound recordings of patrimonial value. These partnerships, respectively with ProQuest and Believe, grant a 10 years exclusive commercial exploitation right […]

A step towards synergy between public libraries and the knowledge commons

The signature of a partnership agreement between the French National Library (BnF) Bibliothèque de Nationale de France and Wikimedia France is excellent news. 1400 public domain books in French digitized and OCR-ed in Gallica will be included in WikiSource. Internet users will be able to correct the unavoidable errors of optical character recognition. Gallica will […]