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ProQuest Partners with Royal Library in digitisation programme
Cambridge, United Kingdom, August 20, 2009 - The Royal Library, Copenhagen and ProQuest have entered into a partnership to digitise early printed books from the Danish national collection and make them freely accessible to members of academic institutions, public libraries, schools and other institutions in Denmark. The project will form part of the pilot for ProQuest’s Early European Books digitisation programme.
Dan Burnstone, Vice President of Arts and Humanities Publishing, ProQuest said: “We are delighted to forge this partnership with the Royal Library. It constitutes the first step towards creating the non-English language counterpart to Early English Books Online (EEBO), which has itself been hugely beneficial to recent early modern scholarship. The Danish national collection contains many works that profoundly influenced pan-European intellectual life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
This project employs a pioneering publishing model that benefits from the expertise of a specialist humanities publisher whilst at the same time ensuring wider access for European citizens, and the scholarly world beyond, to Europe’s cultural heritage’.
The Royal Library’s Director General Mr. Erland Kolding Nielsen said, ‘I am very pleased with the partnership between The Royal Library and ProQuest to digitise the literature of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is very important that the heritage of the small countries of Europe is digitised as well as that of the larger ones. The collection of The Royal Library has a lot to offer to scholars and book historians in many fields, not only in Denmark, but all over the world, particularly as the concept of “national” in many ways belongs to a later historical period.’
To be launched at the end of 2009, the online resource resulting from the digitisation of the Royal Library’s collection will comprise high-resolution colour facsimile images of all of the Royal Library’s Danish imprints produced in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It will range from the earliest books printed in Denmark through to works by the astronomer and alchemist Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) produced at his press at Uranienborg, on the Island of Hven, before 1597. The pilot project will also include seventeenth-century editions of works by Brahe and his follower Johannes Kepler (1571– 1630). The collection comprises more than 2,000 titles in Danish, Latin, German, and other languages.
The Royal Library Copenhagen: http://www.kb.dk/en/
About Early English Books Online
EEBO contains images of works by authors such as Malory, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, and Galileo. The database also includes musical exercises by Henry Purcell, novels by Aphra Behn, and prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and many other primary resources.
When complete, EEBO will contain all the works, more than 22 million pages, represented in the microfilm series Early English Books I & II, which include the titles listed in these comprehensive bibliographic records of English literature: The Short-Title Catalogue (Pollard & Redgrave, 1475-1640); The Short-Title Catalogue II (Wing, 1641-1700); The Thomson Tracts, a compendium of broadsides on the English Civil War printed between 1640 and 1661; and The Early English Books Tract Supplements. For further information, visit http://eebo.chadwyck.com/marketing/
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