British Library to digitise 4000 Bengali books

Posted on:19 Dec 2016 11:45:12
British Library to digitise 4000 Bengali books
19 December 2016 Current Affairs: 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.

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 everyoneIt 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. 

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