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Queen Victoria’s Journals Now Available Online

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  launched a unique online resource that provides access to all the personal journals of Queen Victoria. The Bodleian Libraries working in partnership with The Royal Archives and information company ProQuest have, for the first time, made the private records of one of the world’s most influential public figures available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org. The resource is available free of charge to all users in the U.K. and to the national libraries of Her Majesty’s Realms; users outside the U.K. can access the website until June 30, 2012. Thereafter, a specialized version for libraries will become available from ProQuest.

The journals, which span Victoria’s lifetime and consist of 141 volumes numbering more than 43,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety and previously were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Beatrice.

Queen Victoria was a prolific writer and recorded her thoughts and experiences almost daily, starting with her first entry as a young girl of 13 and continuing until just weeks before her death in 1901. Her journals provide a fascinating insight into her life as queen, giving an intimate first-person account of key events in her life and 63 years on the throne, from her coronation and her marriage to Prince Albert to the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. The journals also trace important events in political and social history, such as meetings with her Prime Ministers, The Great Exhibition, and the Crimean and Boer Wars, shedding previously unrecorded moments of significance for world history.

All the journals are now available via this easy-to-use website and can be browsed and read online. Pages from the journals can be searched by date or place of writing, and transcriptions of each page—searchable by keyword—are currently provided for the period up to 1840, with further releases planned throughout the Diamond Jubilee year. The site includes an interactive timeline and drawings by Queen Victoria, along with selections from her sketchbooks. Finally, the site includes a number of essays about aspects of Queen Victoria’s life, authored by Sir Roy Strong, Laurence Goldman, and Peter Ward-Jones among others.

The Queen Victoria’s Journals website is mobile-compliant and can be viewed from all iPhones, BlackBerry, and Android phones. The website is supported by a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/queenvictoriasjournals and Twitter at @QueenVictoriaRI .

Source: The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and ProQuest

DeepDyve Expands Service With PDF Downloads

DeepDyve, a provider of rentable, peer-reviewed journal articles, announced major updates to its service. Most notably, the company now offers the ability to purchase discounted, downloadable PDFs, making DeepDyve a one-stop destination for unaffiliated researchers (so-called “knowledge workers”) to search, rent, and now purchase articles in life sciences, technology, medical, and business journals. The company also unveiled a number of enhancements to its monthly plans, and established corporate pricing that enables affordable, company-wide deployment of DeepDyve’s service.

“DeepDyve’s rental service has grown dramatically since its inception, and in that time we noticed usage trends across our user base, and we also received some very constructive feedback from users on how to further improve the service—today’s news is a reflection of those key learnings,” said William Park, DeepDyve’s CEO. “The ability to rent and purchase articles adds an entirely new dimension to DeepDyve, and we feel it greatly expands our potential customer base and will lead to aggressive growth in 2012 and beyond.

Users have long wished for the ability to quickly read and sample an article before making the larger investment to purchase and download the PDF. DeepDyve now provides that flexibility via a single, convenient interface. With DeepDyve’s monthly subscription plans starting at just $5.99, users will receive 20% discount coupons each month that can be applied to the purchase of PDFs. Even users who aren’t signed-up for monthly subscriptions will receive 50% off their rental when they rent and later decide to purchase an article.

Another improvement to DeepDyve’s monthly subscriptions is the ability to roll over unused rental tokens and PDF discount coupons. While some users have very predictable rental habits, others have needs that fluctuate greatly. Rollover ensures that unused rental tokens and discount coupons can be stockpiled and used in future months. This feature is especially well suited for users with project-based needs, or anyone whose research needs change throughout the year.

DeepDyve now offers group plans for companies of all sizes wishing to make DeepDyve’s library of articles available to their employees. Startups and small workgroups can opt to bundle together multiple Silver or Gold accounts, which are prepaid annually and sold at a discounted rate. Larger companies may opt for full corporate deployment, which can scale to include hundreds of employees across multiple locations. Group plans are tailored to suit the needs of each company, and DeepDyve provides guidance to match each company with the most appropriate plan. To learn more, visit www.deepdyve.com/corp/partners/businesses.

Source: DeepDyve

Data Conversion Laboratory Introduces New ‘Convert On Demand’ Portal

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a provider of electronic document conversion services, has introduced a new online publishing portal designed to re-energize previously dormant content into highly accurate digital knowledge that can be searched, reorganized, ported to ebooks, and published in virtually any format; all leading to new revenue streams. Convert On Demand, DCL’s new web portal, is the second in a series of On Demand portals.

The new service streamlines the conversion process to give organizations of all sizes an easy way to convert paper, Word, PDF, HTML, or SGML documents into more powerful digital storehouses of content using XML, ASCII, Word, HTML, and most other formats.

DCL’s proven automated conversion method produces the highest quality data, consistently tagged with a 99.99% error-free guarantee. Its experienced U.S.-based project management team, 24/7 client tracking system, and multilevel quality assurance means converted materials are delivered on time, are "ready to go" and need no additional fixing.

Providing the capacity for high-volume and expert service, even with multi-lingual content, Convert On Demand offers its customers the benefits of the same powerful resources dedicated to more complex, larger projects. EPUB On Demand, which was the first of the On Demand services, is a book-at-a-time conversion service to EPUB, MOBI and HTML5, supporting all popular e-reader devices.

Source: Data Conversion Laboratory 



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