January 26, 2022

Digitization Projects: British Library to Digitise 4,000 Bengali Books, More than 800,000 Pages

From the Press Trust of India:

A new British Library project will digitise 4,000 early printed Bengali books, amounting to more than 800,000 pages, as part of the UK India Year of Culture plans for 2017

The digitisation project is part of a wider “Two Centuries of Indian Print” project, an international partnership led by the British Library with funding from the Newton Fund to digitise unique material from its South Asian printed books collection The books are in high demand and span at least 22 South Asian languages

The project will explore how digital research methods and tools can be applied to this unique digitised collection, and will deliver digital skills workshops and training sessions at Indian institutions to support innovative research within South Asian studies


These are rare, fragile publications, many of which do not survive in other library collections, meaning they are hugely in demand by researchers

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