Digital Transformation

Oxford’s online Bodleian archive illustrates the diversity of digitisation

The demand for digitisation is at an all time high, as a wide range of organisations seek new technology to protect their data and make it more readily accessible.

A number of libraries are also using digitisation to open up their archives – putting precious historical documents online for reference and research purposes.

The latest to do so is Oxford’s Bodleian, one of Europe’s greatest and oldest libraries. The library has given users unprecedented access to precious volumes and illustrations via Digital Bodleian. From 14th-century Jewish hymns to a manuscript of plays by the Roman writer Terence, copied in the 12th century, and from Conservative Party election posters from 1909-2007 to key works of the 17th, 18th and 19th century geological literature, the collection is eclectic and vast.

Contrary to popular belief, archives like this are unlikely to see the demise of physical libraries – but rather they offer an opportunity for valuable historical documents to be captured and held securely, to be enjoyed for many more decades to come.

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Our image shows: Extract of deeds of the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr (Thomas Court), Dublin, covering lands held in provinces other than Leinster, copied by William Copinger of Cork, with calligraphic strapwork initials, AD 1526.

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