Welcome to Classical Music in Video

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Published on: 25 June 2013

clmv-shot1A database of classical music performances in streamed video. Performances range across all genres – symphonic, chamber, oratorio and solo. The time period covered is from medieval times to the 21st century and the videos are from the 1950s up to contemporary recordings.

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How to get ‘Open Access’ into your publishing contract

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Published on: 31 October 2012

Negotiating a publishing contract can be difficult at the best of times. However, now that grant funding bodies such as the NHMRC are making it a requirement that resulting research publications be made publically available on open access, the negotiations around the publishing contract becomes even more important.

To make the potential negotiation process a little simpler the University of Sydney Library, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, have developed an Addendum Generator which creates the addendum for you.

All you need to do is to complete the four fields on the form and the ‘generator’ will create the text. Then sign the form and add it to the original contract.

Essentially the addendum allows

You to:

  • use, reproduce, distribute, create derivatives of the  work  in electronic, digital or print form in connection with your teaching, conference presentations, lectures, other scholarly works, and for all your academic and professional activities.
  • authorise others to make, the final published version of the work available in digital form over the Internet,

Your institution to:

  • provide an electronic version of the work to be made publicly available in an  open access repository for any scholarly purpose only.
  • authorise the NHMRC, the ARC or any other public research funding body to make a copy of the peer-reviewed manuscript of the work available for public access no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

Next time you come to sign a publisher contract think about what you are signing and remember to not sign your rights away.

Sten Christensen, Repository Coordinator, Sydney eScholarship
T 02 9351 7407
E sten.christensen@sydney.edu.au

Open data and content mining

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Published on: 29 October 2012

picShould data used in scientific articles be available to all? Are we losing opportunities – and dollars – by not being able to extract and re-use names, numbers, places, chemicals, organisms, graphs and tables in published articles?

Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge and Open Knowledge Foundation) believes so. In this seminar he’ll outline why he thinks we need to change to an open access model and how it can be done.

Find out more about the seminar

When: 2pm, October 31 2012
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library
RSVP: not required. All welcome.
Host: Dr Mat Todd, School of Chemistry

Trial database available until 16 April 2012

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Published on: 23 March 2012

‘Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life. There will be regular additions to the database to bring it to its final complement of 150,000 pages of documents.
Link:  sydney.edu.au/library/databases/trial.html


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Published on: 22 March 2012


The Library has expanded access to primary source materials through the acquisition of the following digital collections. Access to the collections is available to currently enrolled University of Sydney students, staff, and walk-in users of the Library.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online  (1688–present)
Full text access to over 300 years of parliamentary debates, bills, command papers and reports and accounts, providing important historical record of the government of Britain and its colonies, as well as its impact on the wider world. It’s a valuable source of primary material encompassing all areas of social, political and economic policy. The 18th Century collection will be of great interest to those studying the early colonial history of the Americas, India and Australia. The19th Century collection provides access to the ideas and agendas of prominent 19th century thinkers, campaigners and innovators such as Anthony Trollope, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage and the Brunels. The 20th Century collection covers topics such as the World Wars, the formation of NATO and the United Nations, the end of Apartheid and the impact of September 11.


portrait of a womanThe Grand Tour and Travel writing, spectacle and world history
We continue our exploration of travel with the addition of these collections. The Grand Tour explores the British response to travel on the Continent for pleasure, business and diplomacy between c1550 and c1850. The collection provides access to manuscript, visual and printed works including letters, diaries, guidebooks, paintings, sketches and architectural drawings drawn from private and public archives, including the British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre. Travel writing, spectacle and world history includes women’s travel diaries and correspondence of the 19th and 20thcenturies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Image title: Portrait of a woman, traditionally identified as Margaret Stuart, Lady Hippisley Artist: Batoni, Pompeo Date: 1785 Reference: B1981.25.37 Source: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-80
Provides access to the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong and Taiwan from the National Archives Kew. The collection includes coverage of key events in 20thcentury Chinese history  from the foundation of the People’s Republic, in 1949, to the death of Zhou Enlai and Mao, the arrest of the Gang of Four and the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.
Victorian Popular Culture contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe between 1779 and 1930. The collection is divided into three sections: spiritualism, sensation and magic; circuses, sideshows and freaks; music hall, theatre and popular entertainment, and  draws on collections ranging from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature and the W.H Crain Barnum & Bailey Circus Collection.

Slavery, abolition and social justice, 1490-2007
is a portal for slavery and abolition studies bringing together documents and collections relating to slavery and its impact in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The collection provides access to original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and U.S. Court records relating to slavery.

Mass Observation online provides access to the original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The collection provides an important insight into the social history of Britain between 1937 and the mid 1950s.

To see all our databases and electronic resources head to: http://sydney.edu.au/library/databases/

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