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Tea Time With Katina And Leah

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What a charming story!  CLOCKSS founders Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal recall their early efforts to keep stuff safe, and their motivation for the innovative digital preservation system. The foundation of LOCKSS in 1999 was conceived in an unlikely spot – when Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal were hiking the Cañada de Pala trail at Joseph D. Grant County Park in California, and came up with the idea for the necessary technology.

Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal

In simple terms, LOCKSS was designed to provide open-source technologies and services for high-confidence, resilient, secure digital preservation – providing infrastructure for academic libraries to continue to take responsibility for content preservation, and to affordably own rather than rent electronic journals and books. Key to this was the concept that the technology should guard against a centralized organization changing or altering the content. University of Cambridge graduate David, who at the time was working at his third start-up company, recalls: “The very next day we pitched the idea to Michael Keller, the Stanford Librarian, and got permission to start the project. Michael told us: ‘Don’t cost me any money, and don’t get me in to trouble. Apart from that, do what you like.’ You can’t ask better than that.” The name LOCKSS – standing for Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe – also David’s brainchild, came about on another long-distance hike in California. CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS, came about after a conversation between Vicky, David and Karen Hunter of Elsevier. A shared dark archive that runs on LOCKSS technology. CLOCKSS’s content is now hosted on 12 servers around the world, at leading academic libraries, with robust infrastructure and security.

Since their retirement, the couple have spent time traveling, blogging – and spending time with their three grandchildren, who live close by in California. “We end up doing whatever the kids are interested in,” Vicky laughs. This summer they are planning a trip to the UK with the rest of the family, where they will visit David’s oldest friends in Cambridge – one he has known since the age of 11.

From – https://www.theverge.com/  Newspaper conglomerate Gannett is adding AI-generated summaries to the top of its articles. Journalists participating in the pilot program will use AI to produce bulleted “key points” of their story. News Corp and OpenAI today announced a historic, multi-year agreement to bring News Corp news content to OpenAI. Through this partnership, OpenAI has permission to display content from News Corp mastheads in response to user questions and to enhance its products, with the ultimate objective of providing people the ability to make informed choices based on reliable information and news sources. 

And this just announced!

OpenAI will receive access to current and archived content from News Corp’s major news and information publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, FN, and New York Post; The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun; The Australian, news.com.au, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, and Herald Sun; and others. The partnership does not include access to content from any of News Corp’s other businesses. 

In addition to providing content, News Corp will share journalistic expertise to help ensure the highest journalism standards are present across OpenAI’s offering. 

“We believe an historic agreement will set new standards for veracity, for virtue and for value in the digital age,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “We are delighted to have found principled partners in Sam Altman, (CEO of Open AI) and his trusty, talented team who understand the commercial and social significance of journalists and journalism. This landmark accord is not an end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship in which we are jointly committed to creating and delivering insight and integrity instantaneously.”


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