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The British Library has taken the lead, nationally and internationally, in aiming to overcome the challenges of collecting, preserving and providing contemporary and long term access to the world's digital knowledge.
The Library’s strategic vision is to 'provide both physical and digital access to world-class information where and when people need it'. We have developed a number of partnerships and business models to drive forward mass digitisation and create a valuable and enduring resource for researchers and the public alike.
The British Library believes that we need a national digital strategy to address the challenges of ingesting and storing born-digital content; digitising existing content; leveraging public-private partnerships and developing digital literacy skills. A national digital strategy would also deliver the benefits of digital material to researchers: ease of access, navigation and speed of research.
The Library can help to deliver a truly digital future for Britain by growing faster its role as custodian of Britain’s collective digital memory. We have taken the lead, nationally and internationally, in meeting the challenges of collecting, preserving and providing contemporary and long term access to the world's digital knowledge. We have redeveloped our partnerships and business models to enable mass digitisation projects and create a valuable and enduring resource for researchers and the public alike.
The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript. More Details
The British Library and Amazon signed a deal to make 65,000 largely out-of-print 19th century titles available on Amazon via CreateSpace's Print on-Demand service and as free downloads for Amazon Kindle owners. More Details
The partnership with brightsolid will digitise up to 40 million pages over 10 years from the national newspaper collection, making large parts of this unparalleled resource available online for the first time. The business model the Library has agreed offers important scope for the newspaper industry to exploit their intellectual property and represents a major innovation in digital services in collaboration with an industry that is currently undergoing a revolution. At the same time it provides long-term public value and improved access for researchers and the public. More details
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The Launch of the UK Web Archive - February 2010The British Library officially launched the UK Web Archive in February 2010, offering access in perpetuity to thousands of UK websites for generations of researchers
Unveiled by the former Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, and Chief Executive of the British Library, Dame Lynne Brindley, this project demonstrates the importance and value of the nation's digital memory. www.webarchive.org.uk
Events – Digital Britain - 17 April 2009 Dame Lynne Brindley welcomed the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to the Library for the Digital Britain summitDame Lynne Brindley's speaking notes
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