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Thursday, 3 January 2013

digiDo Project at Digital Past 2013

Dr Ted Jones of the National Library of Wales will be presenting on the digiDo Project at Digital Past 2013. The Theatre of Memory programme has aimed to digitise as much printed material published in Wales as possible and make it freely available and accessible via the internet, giving Wales and the Welsh an enhanced online identity on a worldwide stage.

Key initiatives to date include:
  • Welsh Biography Online that holds approximately 5,000 biographies of eminent Welshmen/ women who died before 1 January 1971.
  • Welsh Journals Online which offers access to a selection of 50 modern periodicals and 300 historical titles in both Welsh and English.
  • Welsh Ballads Online that comprises of approximately 4,000 digitised ballads, mainly dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Welsh Newspapers Online which is the National Library of Wales’ entire holdings of pre-1910 Welsh newspapers: a magnificent resource of everyday knowledge estimated to contain over 1 million pages and 200 newspaper titles covering every corner of Wales. 

Additionally, the Library’s collections of manuscripts, wills, archives, maps, paintings, photographs and drawings have also been digitised.

Dr Jones will be speaking about the process of scanning, OCR'ing, metadata, data management and data dissemination. For the full abstract go to our speakers page.

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