Digital.Bodleian provides access to parts of the collections of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford. The project began in 2011 and the website was launched in July 2015. In August 2015 over 120.000 digital objects were freely available online, with at least another 1.5 million images awaiting release. These images come from all over the world, from different time periods, and regarding different subjects.

Basic search is available. In addition, users can browse by collection. Many different collections are available, such as educational ephemera and children’s games of the 18th and 19th centuries, Burmese life and devotion, Cobbett’s parliamentary history, exploring Egypt in the 19th century, and the Gough map. It is possible to filter the collections: by early printed books, ephemera, history and politics, maps, oriental, prints and portraits, science and natural history, or western manuscripts.

Users can also create their own collections, add image tags, and annotate with their own notes. Images are shown in high definition, and can be downloaded in JPEG format (for books, each page is shown separately). Extensive metadata are available.

The Digital.Bodleian project was initially funded by JISC.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015 - 2:13pm
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