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From Cubism to concentration camp: the life and death of Josef Čapek

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Many English speakers who claim that they do not know a word of Czech would be surprised to hear that at least one has found a firm place in their vocabulary: robot. Those who are aware of its origins might...

Yangon Photo Festival 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This is a guest blog written by Lukas Birk, grant holder for EAP898. Last autumn I was able to digitise 4000 negatives from Bellay Photo Studio in downtown Yangon for EAP898. The images were taken by photographer Har Si Yone,...

In various light: a farewell to Derek Walcott

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As a teenager I had the following stanzas from Derek Walcott’s poem In a Green Light on my bedroom door: The orange tree, in various light, Proclaims perfected fables now That her last season’s summer height Bends from each overburdened...

British Library Launches OCR Competition for Rare Indian Books

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Calling all transcription enthusiasts! We’ve launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for our rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership...

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