US Copyright Office considers stopgap scanning solution for card catalog due to ‘rudimentary budget’

US Copyright Office considers stopgap scanning solution for card catalog due to ‘rudimentary budget’

Struggling to convert the tens of millions of pre-1978 copyrights in its massive card catalog into a searchable, digital format, the US Copyright Office is considering uploading scanned images of the cards to what it’s calling a “virtual copyright card catalog” as a stopgap measure. Maria A. Pallante, Director of the US Copyright Office, announced the organization’s intent to digitize the 45 million items comprising the card catalog (the largest in the world) back in December , but is facing difficulty pulling things off with a “rudimentary budget.” Unlike the modern search tool for post-1978 copyrights, the virtual card catalog (mockup pictured below) wouldn’t include the metadata necessary for meaningful search, but it would at least… Continue reading…

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US Copyright Office considers stopgap scanning solution for card catalog due to ‘rudimentary budget’

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