Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Treasure hunting without magic peepstones
The National Library of Australia recently launched Trove. Trove combines all of the National Library's online discovery services into one search tool. Once testing is completed, with bugs ironed out, additional features added, and improvements made, Trove will replace all of these services to become a national information portal, harvesting content from such a variety of sources, including library, archive and museum collections, university repositories, digitised newspapers, web archives and online biographical databases. A sample search dug up a range of great documents about Australia's longest serving Prime Minister, Robert Menzies. The NLA are to be commended for showing how libraries are still relevant in the Internet age by creating value added web services. Let's see Google try to top that.