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.