Reviewing international digital library projects

Instructions: To sign up for a particular project, enter your name in the pink box below and click "send". The page should reappear with your name inserted. You should only sign up for one project. To change your mind, enter your name and use the "delete previous choice" button; you must spell your name exactly the same way; then go through the sign-up procedure again to pick another project.

This exercise is similar to the one about US projects; pick one project from the sign-up sheet and be prepared to talk about it briefly in class and turn in not more than 2 pages about it.

This is a smaller sample of the world's digital library projects than the previous list was of US DLI-2 projects. Again, the order does not reflect any selection of easier or more significant projects. Feel free to substitute another project if you know of one; I've left out many important projects, if only because there was minimal (or no) information available in English. There are large areas of the world where I don't know of good projects, or where linguistic or access barriers get in the way. For example, the Russians have scanned a collection of Pushkin manuscripts but they sell them on CD-ROM rather than post them on a website. There is also a great deal of Chinese scanning (some 6,000 current journals) but again it is for sale. If you can expand my list to new areas of the world, please do so. But note that many libraries have sort of a "default" digital library consisting of an OPAC and a subscription to Elsevier's ScienceDirect or similar services; the goal is to find institutions that have done more.

Many international sites require knowledge of a foreign language; choose one where the site is not a struggle for you.

When talking about the US projects I felt that the easiest way to find information on them is sometimes to find the name of the lead investigator and search for papers they have written. That's not straightforward with many of these. However do see if there are descriptions of the projects beyond the specific website and what those say about the project.

As before, you should mention what material has been included in the project, how much of it is available, what kind of users seem to be anticipated, and why it might be interesting to users (or the class). In looking at what makes these projects interesting, note that while I chose US projects that had technological aspects, many of these international efforts don't have much in the way of unusual technology. On the other hand, you can and should address the issue of why each organization has chosen its particular digital library efforts; why did they think that this content, rather than some other content, was appropriate for their institution? For some of the projects the question "is there a difference between a digital museum and a digital library?" is worth addressing, with a discussion of the philosophy of the particular project.

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Mike Ferrante1. 3D Murale - Ancient Lost Worlds of Europe
2. Afghanistan (just to show that almost everywhere has a digital library)
Cynthia Denesevich3. ARKive - images of life on earth
4. Biblioteca Nacional de España - National Library of Spain (mostly in Spanish)
5. Bibliothèque nationale Québec (in French)
Marsahll Carroll6. Bodleian Library (Oxford University)
Leah Gass7. Buddhist Digital Library and Museum
8. Cambridge University Library
9. Chinese memory net (lots of papers, less content).
10. (Chinese): Visible Traces
Victoria Petrock11. Cybertesis (Universidad de Chile; in Spanish)
12. Det Kongelige Bibliotek - The Royal Library, Denmark
13. Det Virtuelle Musikbibliotek - Danish music library
Arthur Merchant14. Digital Himalaya
Christina Roest15. Early Canadiana Online
16. ETH-Bibliothek (Zurich)
17. Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (Brazil; Portuguese needed)
18. Gallica (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)
Connie Fontana19. Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence
20. Instituto Nacíonal de Estadístico y de Informacíon Geográfica (Mexico; in Spanish)
21. International Islamic digital library
22. IRCAM multimedia library
Doug Baldwin23. Jewish National and University Library
24. Keio University HUMI project
25. Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands)
26. Kyoto University
Margaret Eng27. British Library link-1 link-2 link-3
28. St. Catherine's monastery (doesn't quite live up to billing) link-1 link-2
Guanhong Yao29. Dunhuang link-1 link-2 link-3 link-4
30. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru - National Library of Wales
Allison Klein31. Matthew Flinders Collection - State Library of New South Wales
32. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
33. McGill University
34. National Diet Library (Japan; minimal information in English)
Ilana Lutman35. National Library of Australia
36. National Library of Canada
Lisa Weissbard37. National Library of New Zealand
38. National Library of Norway (surprisingly low on English)
39. National Library of Russia (not a lot of stuff)
Stephanie 40. National Library of Scotland
41. National University of Singapore Library
42. New Zealand Digital Library (University of Waikato)
Melissa John43. New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Sharon Kalman44. Pacific Exploration
45. Parnaseo (Universitat de València; in Spanish)
46. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Susan Bucks47. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (few library materials online)
48. Sveriges nationalbibliotek (Royal Library of Sweden)
49. Tamil electronic library (you need special fonts, as well as ability to read Tamil)
Zhihong Xu50. The Cistercians in Yorkshire
the sor Juana Ines de la cruz project51. The Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Project (much in Spanish)
52. Tripitaka (more description than content)
53. University of Edinburgh
54. University of Glasgow
Jesse Traquair55. University of Saskatchewan
56. University of Toronto
57. University of Toulouse
George Strawley58. Vatican Library