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Google and the digitalization of Harvard collection

Posted by Carlos on 7th July 2011

Today, officially started the 2011 Paraty International Literary Festival, known as “Flip“.  The event began in 2003 in Paraty, a historical city in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Flip is known to bring together interesting debates and famous guests from both Brazil and countries outside of South America. Throughout its five-day duration, Flip holds hundreds of events including debates, shows, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and school presentations.

In 2010, Dr. Robert Darnton was invited to discuss “the book”, its history and its future. Darnton became director of the Harvard University Library in 2007. He has made his mission to make content freely accessible across the entire library through digitization. To date, the Harvard Library has more than 14 million pieces in their collection, the largest university library in the world. During his speech he talked about the role of Google Books and the digitalization of Harvard collection.

Darnton believes authors and editors have much to gain with the transition from paper to electronic media. Of the integration possibilities, such as audio and video, he says “With technology, it’s fascinating to perceive how the authors can dialogue with readers, directly”.

This video shows Darnton talking about the subject with John Makinson, Chairman and CEO of the international publishing company The Penguin Group, and Cristiane Costa, a Brazilian journalist.

Panarea Digital has worked with LeapFrog, a company that designs and develops technology-based learning products and related content for the education of infants and children. The technology delivers interaction between the content to the reader. Children learn how to read through touching the words with a Tag Reading System. Panarea Digital produces content especially designed for Tag Reading Systems, such as the interactive book for the Tag “Kung-Fu Panda: Po’s Tasty Training” We appreciate the work Dr. Robert Darnton has done to increase the dialogue between authors, readers and digitize content, opening up a new way of writing, reading and learning.

 

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