This week’s New Yorker had a great article about the Internet Archive. Jill Lepore, the author, leads this piece with the story of last year’s downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. A Russian-backed separatist gloated via social media about downing the plane but once the news hit that the plane was not a military aircraft, the separatist deleted his post to hide the evidence. However, the Internet Archive captured the separatist’s tweet, providing that libraries and archives, whether digital or analog, play a critical role not only in preserving history but also in current events.
The article also raises many fascinating questions about how copyright affects the Internet. Lastly, check out Memento, an initiative lead by Herbert Van de Sompel–it is a Chrome extension that lets you see a website at a specific date.
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I received this press release today about Cornell’s physics preprint repository, arXiv hitting a huge milestone. Way to go arXiv! There’s also a video reflecting on this event …
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
FOR RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2015
Contact: Syl Kacapyr
Phone: (607) 255-7701
Scientific repository arXiv hits one million submissions
ITHACA, N.Y. – It all started with an electronic bulletin board — one computer on one scientist’s desk.
Now, more than two decades later, arXiv is a driving force in scientific communication. It draws in thousands of researchers every day, operating with a permanent staff and a $1 million budget. As an open-access service, it allows scientists — from diverse disciplines encompassing physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and more — to share research before it’s formally published. A million papers have now been uploaded to the repository.
“arXiv accelerates the pace of science by allowing researchers to get their material out there for others to see and build upon right away,” said Chris Myers, arXiv’s interim scientific director. “It’s the go-to source, the core of an ecosystem, and it fills critical research needs for researchers around the world every day.”
Cornell University Library provides stewardship for arXiv, which came to Cornell when its founder, Paul Ginsparg, joined the faculty in 2001. Ginsparg is now a member of arXiv’s Scientific Advisory Board and still contributes to the repository’s operation.
In 2012, the Simons Foundation facilitated the development of a sustainability model to strengthen arXiv’s infrastructure and make it a collaboratively governed, community-supported resource. Now, a global collective of nearly 200 institutional members in 24 countries supports arXiv financially, and other organizations look to its funding structure as an example of a sustainable repository.
arXiv saw nearly 90 million downloads from all over the world and received more than 97,000 new submissions in 2013. Around the world, more than 150 subject experts evaluate and categorize every single article posted on arXiv.
Now, as it surpasses its millionth submission, arXiv is growing rapidly and expanding into new fields of science. Developers recently added a new digit to its identifying numbers so that the repository is now able to receive more than 10,000 submissions per month.
“In this era of rapid technological innovation, arXiv continues to fulfill a basic scientific need that’s just the same as it was 20 years ago: a trusted platform where scientists share their research with their colleagues,” said Oya Rieger, Cornell University Library’s Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services, who serves as arXiv’s program director. “Scholarly communication has made vast technological strides — but, in its essence, arXiv remains unchanged and still excels in its basic principles.”
To learn more
Visit arXiv.org and library.cornell.edu. Information about the arXiv sustainability initiative is available on arXiv’s website.
All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status are eligible for the city’s new government ID cards. In addition to providing access to government buildings and resources, the ID cards can be used to link library accounts in the NYPL, Queens and Brooklyn library systems. As an added bonus, card holders who sign up during 2015 are eligible for one-year memberships at cultural institutions throughout the city.
For more information about the ID program, and how to apply, visit the IDNYC website.