In an interesting new project, British Library- the national library of the United Kingdom- is going to digitise 4000 early printed Bengali books, amounting to almost 800000 pages.
The project is being conducted as a part of the UK-India Year of Culture plans for 2017. It is also a part of a wider project titled ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’, which is an international partnership headed by British library to digitise all unique reading material from its South Asian printed books collection.
The collection features books that are highly popular, covering almost 22 South Asian languages.
About the Project
• It will explore how digital research methods and tools can be applied to the unique digitised collection
• It will make South Asia’s rich literature accessible to everyone
• It has received a funding of almost 500000 pounds from Newton Fund.
• The publications that are going to be digitised include rare ones that do not survive in other libraries and so, are in huge demand.
• It will see collaborations between the British Library and Indian institutions in order to encourage the flow of knowledge and skill and to help the Indian institutions to build a research capacity,
• It will deliver digital skills workshops and training sessions at Indian institutions in order to support innovative research within South Asian studies.
About the British Library
• It is the second largest library in the world, located in St Pancras, London.
• It is a major research library with almost 150 million reading pieces from countries across the world.
• The reading material stored in the library covers almost all languages and can be found in various formats such as books, journals, newspapers, magazines, play-scripts, databases, maps, drawings and sound recordings.
• Overall, the library has a stock of around 14 million books along with historical data and manuscripts dating back to almost 2000 BC.