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InformationToday 23 www.infotoday.com February 2010 space for up to 7 million items from the widely available, the MOU also proposes U.K. national collection. The material will comprise low-use items that are currently that the BBC and the BL collaborate to develop viable approaches on important Links stored across London. Highly automated issues, such as rights management, dis- Trailblazing facilities will enable researchers at the St. tribution of archive content, digitization, http://trailblazing.royalsociety.org Pancras, London, headquarters to obtain and storage. requested items within 48 hours. “The BBC and the British Library share DDB announcement “Although the majority of the Library’s many of the same purposes—to guarantee www.bundesregierung.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/BPA/2009/12/ collections are held at St. Pancras, we are public access to content in an open realm, 2009-12-02-bkm-deutsche-digitalebibliothek.html continuing to develop Boston Spa as a long- creating a space where people can debate term storage facility and recently secured and exchange ideas and experiences,” ac- Australian government— funding for a planned Newspaper Storage cording to Thompson. Filtering proposals and links to Enex Testlab Report Building at the site,” reports Steve Morris, “Through this MOU we aim to create www.dbcde.gov.au/internet director of finance and corporate services. a model of best practice which will allow “We await a planning decision from Leeds the Library to develop similar opportu- City Council later this month, but hope to nities with other public institutions,” follow a trial of internet filtering and ex- question the value of the trial pilot that be able to construct a facility that will pro- says Brindley. “Providing unparalleled tensive industry feedback about the most was managed by Enex Testlab, an inde- vide a permanent home for the national access to joint information services and appropriate way to improve safety online. pendent testing laboratory. Critics from newspaper collection—probably the world’s world-class digital archival content will “The Government has always main- both sides of the argument claim that fil- finest collection of its kind.” truly enable the business, academic, sci- tained there is no silver bullet solution tering could result in overblocking (re- entific, research and creative communi- to cyber-safety,” says Conroy. “That is jecting acceptable sites) or underblocking ties to flourish.” why we have established a comprehen- (circumvention of the filter by the tech- BBC and BL Collaborate sive range of cyber-safety measures, in- nically savvy causing a failure to filter In other news concerning the BL an- Australia to cluding funding for 91 additional online out unacceptable sites). Conroy intends nounced in December, the BL and the BBC Australian Federal Police officers and ed- to work on the legislation before the next will work together to develop new ways of Censor the Internet ucation.” He added, “Through a combi- Australian election that must be held on integrating access to the BL collection and In a move more reminiscent of activi- nation of additional resources for educa- or before mid-April 2011. BBC TV and radio content to benefit re- ties in China, the Australian government tion and awareness, mandatory internet searchers and the public. BL’s CEO Lynne has caused a stir by proposing to filter filtering of RC-rated content, and op- Brindley and BBC director-general Mark sites on the internet. Stephen Conroy, the tional ISP-level filtering, we have a pack- Jim Ashling runs Ashling Consulting, Thompson signed a Memorandum of Un- communications minister, plans to intro- age that balances safety for families and an independent consultancy for the infor- derstanding (MOU) in December. duce new laws that would ban access to the benefits of the digital revolution.” mation industry. His email address is jash- Apart from working to make the con- “refused classification” sites such as those The move is opposed by companies, email@example.com. Send your comments about tent and assets of both organizations more featuring criminal content. The proposals lobby groups, and various politicians who this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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