National Library of France
Over the past few years, BnF’s digitization policy has been expanded and the pace of digitization has accelerated, particularly in the context of the European Digital Library.
This policy comprises various programs, which are defined in terms of topics, collections, or document types and implemented by BnF, either on its own or in partnership with other institutions.
At the outset of the Gallica digital library, a detailed documentary charter focusing on national heritage precisely defined the criteria used to select the some 5-6,000 printed documents digitized each year.
In the context of the European Digital Library, the three major current focuses of BnF’s digitization policy are as follows:
BnF digitizes all types of materials:
Materials are digitized either in their original form or on microform (microfilm and microfiche).
A few figures
At present and over the next few years, BnF is committed to digitizing and making available online the following:
Digitized materials which are in the public domain, or access to which has been negotiated with rights holders, may be accessed online via either Gallica or the Catalogue général de la BnF. Gallica also provides access to other types of digitized materials from collections held by BnF’s partners.
Monday, March 14, 2011