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Digitalisation of Swedish printed materials takes off

Fotograf Magnus Hjalmarsson digitaliserar en skrift.

In January 2020, the National Library of Sweden, the University Library and four other university libraries in Sweden (Uppsala, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Umeå) reached an agreement to jointly digitalise and make available all Swedish printed materials. Swedish periodicals from 1850 to 1900 are the first to be made available.

For the considerable benefit of research and higher education, Sweden’s printed cultural heritage from the 1400s to the present day will be made digitally accessible and available completely free of charge. It will be an important resource for a democratic society.

Through digitalisation, the libraries establish an infrastructure for digital material and produce research data, so that the material can be used in new application areas and analysed using new methods.

The plan is to start with Swedish periodicals from the period 1850 to 1900, as this material is of considerable interest to both research and the general public. In addition, digitalisation helps to reduce the wear and tear on paper periodicals, which may be in fragile condition.

Read more about the project on the University Library website (in Swedish)