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“The undiscover’d country”: digital special collections, scholarship, scale, and society
For decades scholars have been using digital technologies to discover, locate, and view libraries' special collections. Increasingly these collections are available online, and their readers come from far beyond the academy, everywhere that people have access to the internet. Use of online resources is driven by curiosity and pleasure, as well as research. Digital tools and technologies with these collections—record, image, text—speed up traditional enquiry and enable entirely new questions to be imagined and answered. This talk gives a broad overview of the field, illustrated by case studies from the Bodleian Digital Library.
This talk was given as a Friends of the Bodleian public lecture, in the Weston Library, University of Oxford, 1 December 2015.