How would a global catalogue of digitised texts be useful to you?

All around the world, libraries, archives, and search providers are digitising collections to make them available. While this is making millions of texts available online, there is still no single place where you can search for them. 

Imagine a search service that brought together, in one place, information about all the digitised texts in the world – a global catalogue of digitised books. It would allow users to search and find texts, and access them for reading, digital scholarship, collections analysis, and other forms of re-use.

The GDD Network is investigating the potential for this service. We’re seeking views from:

  • people who work on digitising collections at libraries, archives or museums (or other organisations)
  • people who use – or want to use – digitised books and texts in their research
  • anyone else who uses digitised books

How would a global catalogue help you improve your current work or research practices? What would it enable you to do that you can’t do now? 

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About the GDD Network

About the Network and why we are interested in developing a global dataset of digitised texts.

Our research

How we’re carrying out the research into the feasibility of a global dataset and why its potential uses.