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Digitizing Swedish printed material

The national library collaborative project – DST

The project will digitize and make 600 years of Swedish printed material freely accessible. Through digitization, the project sets out to establish an infrastructure of digital material. The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Sweden and the five university libraries in Lund, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Uppsala, and Umeå.

The library collaboration will take a holistic approach to systematically digitize and make accessible all Swedish print from the 1400s until today. One ambition of the collaboration is to simplify the use of digitized material, for example by using open, linked data.

The libraries will digitize material from their collections and make it searchable via Libris, the Swedish national union catalog.

An employee is photographing a map. Photographer Johan Bävman.
Digitization at Lund University Library. Photographer Johan Bävman.

Through digitization, the project will establish an infrastructure of digital material. New research data will be available and access to information and research data will increase.

Background

In January 2020, the project agreed to jointly digitize and make available all Swedish printed material.

The Swedish print is today difficult to access and partly fragmented, at the same time as research and the general public are increasingly demanding digitized material. By coordinating digitization, the national digitization pace will increase.

Karin Byström from Uppsala University Library is the project manager since February 2021.

Project time

The project was initiated in 2020 through the signing of a letter of intent. It is a huge task and it will take a long time to carry out the project. 

Collaborative partners

The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Sweden and the five university libraries in Lund, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Uppsala, and Umeå. 

Funding

The project is initially funded by the participating libraries but will require additional external funding.

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National library collaboration will digitize Swedish printed material