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Digital Libraries : a cultural ICT toolThe example of« E-corpus », digital library developped by the CCL
Access to collections anddocuments is anessential element in theenhancement of writtenand iconographicheritage. Indeed, it is notpossible to preservedocument withoutallowing citizens toaccess them.
The notion of "written heritage" refers to both a materialdimension impossible to quantify (millions of verydiverse objects that have in common to be support forwriting), very old traditions and professional uses (thoseof archives, libraries and the conservation), a set ofinstitutions (places of conservations and documentarycollections management), and a major challenge for theworld cultural politics of today and tomorrow
But the written heritage is not only a complex idea,synthesis of the concrete and intangible, of past, presentand future is also a concept in full renewal, transformingitself with the social and economic contemporarychanges.The very idea of "written heritage" contains this betwhich could be one of the greatest challenges of ourtime: the project of transforming this giganticmonument of memory on a daily space of practice ofknowledge, dialogue of cultures and new thinking.
The Internet and digitalisation tools allow this immense treasure of written culture to change himself into a living and coherent corpus of document accessible to all. The new possibilities gaven by ICT tools allow people to find easily, in few steps, the document they are searching the heritage and culture available in several clic!
In 2010, the CCL launched its collective and patrimonial digital library: e-corpus www.e-corpus.org E-corpus indicates, identifies, disseminates and provides access to tens of thousands of objects and documents belonging mainly to the writing and linguistic heritage (manuscripts, archives, books, newspapers), as well as iconographical heritage and other cultural objects (photographs, prints, sound recordings, videos, artwork).
e-corpus is a collective digital library that catalogs and disseminates numerous documents: manuscripts, archives, books, journals, prints, audio recordings, video, etc. The platform presents cultural diversity worldwide and specifically in the Euro-Mediterranean region. e-corpus proposes a variety of themes and a large quantity of digital documents presented by numerous organizations and countries. Based on cutting edge technologies, e-corpus offers a simple and direct public access to a rich collection of resources.
2 000 000 document corresponding to approximately 100 000 notices are available 180 000 visits since the creation of the platform. 357 952 researches made by the Internet users An average of 490 visitors per day in 2011
Today, e-corpus includes more than 250 institutions from 26 countries contributors. This platform allows to move to a collaborative form of publication in which any collection can be enhanced by a dedicated website with a web address different from the database e-corpus.
e-corpus allow the possibility to create easily digital libraries involving several institutions and several collections around the same subject, as the digital library on the history of photographic techniques: Camera Obscura (www.camera- obscura.org) Sites of organizations (e.g. Libraries) convinced of the advantages of a local cooperation between institutions Virtual Collections grouping documents of common interest around the same topic. These thematic platforms promote easy access for users interested in a specific subject