Friday, November 26, 2010

Hansard in e-Book Format

Greetings from Parliament House in Canberra, where the seminar "Using Creative Commons in the Public Sector: Open Access to Knowledge, Culture and Public Sector Information (PSI)". Roxanne Missingham, Australian Parliamentary Librarian, discussed the use of Creative Commons licensing for parliamentary materials. She also mentioned in passing that there had been numerous recent requests for Hansard (the record of Parliament) in e-book format. This is driven by the availability of the Apple iPad. The EPUB e-book format is based on HTML and so it would be relatively simple to produce as a by-product of a web based Hansard. This is something I could cover in my course in January 2011, at ANU: COMP7420: Electronic Data Management.

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