ProQuest’s Early European books
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PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Servei de Biblioteques i Documentació
Rights accessOpen Access
We will provide a progress report on ProQuest’s ambitious Early European Books project, which aims to build a comprehensive library of European printed books from the first examples in the 1450s through to the year 1700. In doing so, the project represents an innovative model for opening up access to the printed heritage stored in Europe’s rare book libraries. The presentation will provide an outline of ProQuest’s publishing model, digitisation practices and specialist interface, and will also show some samples of the books we have already digitised at the Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague. In addition, we will talk about the economic and intellectual challenges of creating cataloguing and other metadata to accompany the digital files.