I’ve just come back from The European Library’s Researcher of Tomorrow conference which took place in Madrid. The conference covered a number of aspects of the challenges and opportunities facing libraries with the advancement of digitisation and the associated development of new methodologies, such as data mining, amongst researchers. Amongst the subjects discussed at conference were the issues surrounding open access, the changing requirements of researchers and the impact that digital libraries are having on research and researchers. Another major focus for discussion was the future direction of The European Library as a service for researchers.
The conference also marked the end of the Europeana Libraries project, indeed it provided a welcome opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this project and to meet some of the people from across Europe that we have been working with over the last two years. The two-year project, established in 2011, sought to aggregate 5 million digital objects from 19 of Europe’s leading research libraries, including the NLW. As it draws to a close the project has succeeded in this aim with over 5 million digital objects from these libraries aggregated.
The NLW has made a significant contribution to the project providing access to over a quarter of a million digital objects from our collections. These include the Welsh landscape topographical print collection, the John Thomas photographic collection, the Geoff Charles photographic collection, the P. B Abery photographic collection along with 13 nineteenth century Welsh journals. These items can be accessed via the Europeana (for the general user) and The European Library (for researchers) websites.
The latest collections from the NLW to go live on the Europeana website are the P. B. Abery Collection and the Welsh Journals. The Geoff Charles collection will follow shortly. The John Thomas and Welsh Landscape collections are already available on the Europeana website as well as via The European Library. While you’re visiting these websites why not take the opportunity to explore the other treasures collected from around Europe? Happy searching!
It’s been a particularly rewarding experience to see the project through to a successful conclusion and it’s good to know that some of our most important collections will now be available to a broader European audience. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those in the Library (and beyond!) who have contributed to the success of our involvement in this project.