Behind the scene: making of ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive

(1 Mar 2020)  From Indonesia’s 14th century La Galigo script, which is listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, to a collection of gilded manuscript cabinets from Thailand, 160 items have been digitized and were published online in the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive this week. NTT Data has provided its Advanced Museum Library […]

March 10, 2020 - 11:13 am

ASEAN launches Cultural Heritage Digital Archive website

(27 Feb 2020) ASEAN has launched the first phase of their ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) website in the ASEAN Secretariat Building, South Jakarta, on Thursday, February 27, 2020. With support from the Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai governments, the ACHDA have managed to digitize 160 cultural heritage artefacts through their collaboration with many museums […]

March 4, 2020 - 8:48 am

45,000 images from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is now available

(27 Jan 2020) The Open Artstor: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collection is now available, featuring a selection of more than 45,000 images under Creative Commons licenses. This is part of a new, free initiative to aggregate open museum, library, and archive collections across disciplines on the Artstor platform — already a destination for […]

February 11, 2020 - 1:45 pm

New in NLM Digital Collections: fully-digitized manuscript collections

(17 Jan 2020) The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the release of its first fully-digitized manuscript collections in NLM Digital Collections. Complete with finding aids—detailed research guides to assist individuals in exploring and understanding these archival materials—this initial release of six manuscript collections encompasses more than 43,500 pages and represents a milestone in […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:59 am

GPO completes digitization of 1,300 Congressional Hearings

(13 Nov 2019) The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo, GPO’s one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Through these digitization efforts, the public can access records of Congressional Hearings for free. These include the transcripts from meetings or sessions […]

November 14, 2019 - 10:31 am

120,000 Books going online for first time as part of historic National Library of Israel – Google collaboration

(7 Nov 2019) The National Library of Israel (NLI) and Google have announced that 120,000 books from the NLI collection are going online for the first time, as part of an historic collaboration. The books include all of the NLI’s out-of-copyright books which have not yet been digitized. About 45% of them are in Hebrew and […]

November 8, 2019 - 9:08 am

Million-page science collection to be digitised

(14 Oct 2019) The not-for-profit technology provider for research and education, Jisc, and the publisher Wiley, are to digitise a one-million-page collection on the history of science. The collection will largely comprise content from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), now the British Science Association (BSA). Universities in the UK will also be […]

October 15, 2019 - 8:50 am

More than 1,700 maps added to USGS historical topographic map collection

(11 Oct 2019) In collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), Esri recently updated the online USGS historical topographic map collection with over 1,700 new maps. Esri’s USGS topographic map collection now contains 177,061 historical quadrangle maps dating from 1882 to 2006. Previously available only as printed lithographic copies, high-resolution images of these maps are freely available online […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:39 am

Explore the sacred texts of the world’s great faiths from British Library

(23 Sep 2019) British Library’s new website highlights the Library’s remarkable collection of sacred texts. It features the six most-practised faiths in the UK – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – as well as a number of other faiths. Including over 250 digitised collection items, short films and articles, examine the richness and diversity […]

September 27, 2019 - 10:51 am

Helping libraries transform their physical collections

(20 Aug 2019)  This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting how libraries and publishers are addressing the challenges of providing digital access to materials in their print collections.  Using controlled digital lending, libraries and publishers have a new model for making their printed works available in digital form in ways that protect […]

August 22, 2019 - 1:59 pm

China’s national library goes digital to preserve ancient books

(4 Aug 2019) The National Library of China has been digitizing its collection of antique books as a way of preserving and increasing the public accessibility, the China Culture Daily reported earlier this week. The library’s dedicated online database now has more than 32,000 sets of ancient books, accounting for over 60 percent of its total […]

August 12, 2019 - 9:40 am

Ohio University Libraries awarded grant to develop Southeast Asia Digital Library

(15 Jul 2019) Ohio University Libraries has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop the Southeast Asia Digital Library in collaboration with 14 other institutions. The five-year grant was awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The project will update the Southeast Asia Digital Library with a new generation of digital initiatives and expand its collection […]

July 17, 2019 - 9:01 am

Library of Congress digitizes Taiwanese watercolors, rare Chinese texts

(10 May 2019)  A woodblock-printed set of 400 illustrations depicting the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, painted silk scenes by Qing dynasty court artist Jiao Bingzhen, and 12 watercolors detailing indigenous life in Taiwan are among the 1,000 rare Chinese texts now available via the Library of Congress’ online catalogue. The library’s rare Chinese book collection includes 5,300 titles, 2,000 […]

May 14, 2019 - 9:16 am

Centuries of rare Chinese books now online at the Library of Congress

(6 May 2019)  In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online 1,000 Chinese rare books produced before 1796. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian Division, some of which date as far back as the 10th century and […]

May 7, 2019 - 9:02 am

Budget books $10m for National Library of Australia to put history online

(3 Apr 2019)  Revered cultural institution the National Library of Australia has scored a modest but essential $10 million seed funding in the Federal Budget to start digitising its $1.3 billion collection in earnest following the runaway success of its Trove website and database. Read the full story here.  

April 11, 2019 - 3:37 pm