June 11, 2002
Hacking for A Good Cause

The center had publicly requested aid from security experts on the Web last week after its employees were unable to open the digital catalog, obtained from the family of Reidar Djupedal after his death in 1989. Djupedal was a professor and an expert on Ivar Aasen, an itinerant Norwegian researcher who, in 1850, established a new language for Norway that bridged all the country's dialects. The New Norwegian, or Nynorsk, is spoken regularly by about 20 percent of the country and is the main language in Western Norway, where nearly 25 percent of newspapers use it. The widely used Dano-Norwegian language, or Bokm%uFF8Cl, a written language based on Danish, makes up the other 80 percent, according to the center. Nine years ago, an archivist transferred bibliographic information on 11,000 of Djupedal's 14,000 titles to a database created with DBase III and IV, but the archivist died before the collection and the catalog reached the center, taking the password with him and leaving the catalog inaccessible. Djupedal himself had died earlier.

Posted by tmonkey at June 11, 2002 06:45 PM
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