International Digital Scholarship Projects

Last week when I was at the joint Canadian Association of Research Libraries/American Association of Research Libraries I heard and interesting talk by Lynne Brindley, CEO of the British Library, on the international dimensions of digital science and scholarship. I was amazed at the rapid strides being taken in this area and some of the SLAWers, like me, may not have known of some of the relevant sites:

European Library

A result of EU investment in digital libaries, this site is a portal giving access to the combined resources of the national collections of the 15 EU nations, the 7 new nations, and ultimate plans for 45 European naitonal libraries.

The Vision of The European Library is:

Provision of equal access to promote world-wide understanding of the richness and diversity of European learning and culture.

The Mission of The European Library is:

The European Library exists to open up the universe of knowledge, information and cultures of all Europe’s national libraries.

The International Dunhaung Project is an international collaboration which has been running for over 10 years and represents collaboration between the British Library and libraries in China, Russia, Japan, and France. Its aim is to make information and images of more than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings, textiles, and artefacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites freely available on the Internet.

Finally, and this is old news, but its cool enough to repeat: the Codex Siniaticus project.

This is great stuff and we need something like it for Canadian law and legal history. The only comprehensive project that I know about is at the UofCalgary Alberta Legal Heritage site.

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