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Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Harvard Releases Metadata Into Public Domain

By Africa S. Hands

From the Digital Shift:

Harvard is making more than 12 million catalog records from its 73 libraries publicly available under a Creative Commons public domain license.

The records contain bibliographic information about books, videos, audio recordings, images, manuscripts, maps, and more, including creator, title, publisher, date, language, and subject headings, plus descriptors usually invisible to end users, such as the equalization system used in a recording.

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