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Overview of digitisation projects for historical literature

Several individual projects are advancing the digitisation of historical literature. The following overview summarises those projects that are most important from a biological viewpoint, being based on data from our internet resource guide and updated dynamically (... You will find these projects in the guide by selecting the resource type "Access on historical literature"). On the level of single digitised works there is no comprehensive catalogue available up to now; at least, titles from the projects BioLib and Animalbase, and from Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) are recorded in our Virtual Catalogue.

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Users can browse the older parts of the Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB) by the traditional shelf number classification. The category Physica comprises a subcategory Zoology with almost 100 digitised titles available (as of March 2013). [Editorial staff vifabio]
Access on historical literatureResource type
This project aims at digital archiving and subject indexing of entomological publications, providing free online access. As a start, some journals from the rich special collections of the SDEI library (Senckenberg German Entomoogical Institute) have been digitised. [Editorial staff vifabio]
Access on historical literatureResource type
The ULB Düsseldorf (Germany) is digitising parts of its collection of historical books. The biological segment comprises some 120 titles so far (as of July 2011); these can be downloaded or viewed online. [Editorial staff vifabio]
Access on historical literatureResource type
If all the books in the world were to be digitised, some contemporaries believe the horticultural library (Bücherei des deutschen Gartenbaus, Potsdam) would be superfluous, as all books would be on the Internet. We do not believe that it will come to that. However, various institutions worldwide have begun to digitise historial literature and make it available on the Internet. Among them is, already, a good number of horticultural books. A specific title can be easily found on the Internet. It is ... [Information of the supplier, translated]
Access on historical literature; Discipline based portals and link collectionsResource type
The digital library of the Royal Botanic Garden (CSIC) was set up because of two factors: an extraordinary wealth of documents and active research. The Royal Botanic Garden, on account of its rich and lengthy history, has a magnificent collection of antequarian botanical books. Apart from the intrinsic value of this historic and scientific heritage, the collection is constantly consulted by researchers investigating the organization and distribution of organisms, or the relationship between scientific ... [Information of the supplier]
Access on historical literatureResource type
RERO DOC is the digital library of RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland. It has been created to promote, preserve and provide public access to the scholarly literature produced be the institutions participating to the project (electronic theses, dissertations and e-prints) as well as to the digitalized collections of RERO libraries. In the framework of the Open Access initiative it provides a platform for researchers in member universities to self-archive their publications. [Information of the supplier]
Literature databases; Access on historical literatureResource type
"Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: To 1950" is a bibliography and full-text archive designed as a service to advanced students and researchers engaged in work in biogeography, biodiversity, history of science, and related studies. All items in the bibliography are primary sources and were published in 1950 or before. The subjects involved touch on fields ranging from ecology, conservation, systematics and physical geography, to evolutionary biology, cultural biogeography, ... [Information of the supplier]
Access on historical literatureResource type
e-corpus is a collective digital library that catalogs and disseminates numerous documents: manuscripts, archives, books, journals, prints, audio recordings, etc. This diverse platform presents cultural diversity worldwide and specifically in the Euro-Mediterranean region. e-corpus proposes a variety of themes and a large quantity of digital documents presented by numerous organizations and countries. Based on cutting edge technologies, e-corpus offers a simple and direct public access to a rich ... [Information of the supplier]
Access on historical literatureResource type is a national collaborative project forming part of the Swiss innovation and cooperation programme Swiss Electronic library. The platform is hosted and operated by the ETH-Bibliothek. A growing number of other libraries is participating and adding content by making their digitized books available on; among them is the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel which provided this collection of 15 digitized books on birds. [Information of the supplier, modified]
Access on historical literatureResource type
Gallica, the encyclopaedic scholarly library offers access to all kinds of media: print (monographs, journals and newspapers) in text and image formats, manuscripts, audio, images, maps and plans. Gallica is a portal to French digitised collections. Accordingly, it provides access to: a) items not under copyright, including those released via negotiation and digitised by the French National Library, either within the scope of mass digitisation programmes or to guarantee their continued existence; ... [Information of the supplier, translated]
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