An article in yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education talks about George Washington University‘s purchase of a Kirtas Technologies’ digitizing machine (quoted price was $169,000, subsidized by an IMLS grant) which they plan to use to digitize Middle Eastern texts from its own library and from that of Georgetown University. The plan is to use the machine to digitize instead of people. They hope that they can make cost information available on digitization to other institutions. Be sure and see our interview by Martha Whittaker with Lofti Belkhir of Kirtas in ATG. And I might also mention that Mr. Belkhir gave a very enlightening talk about digitization at the recent Fiesole Retreat in Glasgow.
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