A New Research Service (Beta): OpenTexts.World Provides Access to Over 8 Million Digitized Texts From 8 Digital Libraries and Collections From Around the World
From the OpenTexts.World Website:
OpenTexts.World is an experimental service that provides free access to digitised text collections from around the world. Think of it as a search engine for books.
Every year, libraries worldwide digitise hundreds of thousands of books. Open Texts brings (some of!) those collections together, allowing you to search across a multitude of different libraries worldwide.
What’s on our shelves
8 million items
If you put them all on one very long bookshelf, they’d keep going for over 100 miles!
From Middle German to Tagalog, if someone’s written it down, it’s probably here.
15th century onward
We have records from as early as 1455 through to many more modern books.
Where our records come from
OpenTexts.World currently searches digitized content from the following libraries:
- HathiTrust (4,425,106 items)
- Internet Archive American Libraries Collection (2,956,349 items)
- DigitalNZ (244,376 items)
- Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (231,088 items)
- The Wellcome Collection (182,576 items)
- National Library of Scotland (26,971 items)
- National Library of Wales (2,801 items)
- Queen’s University Belfast (186 items)
The service is based on research undertaken by the Global Digitised Data Network, an Anglo-American research collaboration, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Direct to OpenTexts.World
Learn More in this Blog Post: The GDDNetwork Final Report
See Also: OpenTexts.World on Twitter
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.