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The politics of mass digitization

Author: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today, anyone with an Internet connection can access hundreds of millions of digitized cultural artifacts from the comfort of their desk. And every day cultural institutions and private bodies add thousands of new cultural works to the digital sphere. Mass digitization is forming new central nexuses of knowledge and new ways of engaging with that knowledge. What at first glance appears to be a simple act of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup
ISBN: 9780262039017 026203901X
OCLC Number: 1029788824
Description: ix, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Framing mass digitization. Understanding mass digitization --
Mapping mass digitization. The trials, tribulations, and transformations of Google Books --
Sovereign soul searching: the politics of Europeana --
The licit and illicit nature of mass digitization --
Diagnosing mass digitization. Lost in mass digitization --
Concluding remarks.
Responsibility: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup.

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A new examination of mass digitization as an emerging sociopolitical and sociotechnical phenomenon that alters the politics of cultural memory.  Read more...

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