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Wellcome Library and Jisc Will Digitize Historic Medical Books

The Wellcome Library, part of the Wellcome Trust, and Jisc partnered with nine institutions, including six universities, for a 2-year digitization project encompassing 19th-century medical books and pamphlets. The digitized titles, composed of about 15 million pages, will be added to the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK MHL), a digital curation collaborative that provides open access (OA) to historical resources in medicine.

“By working closely with the partner institutions to build the UK Medical Heritage Library, we are converting books into searchable data so that users can explore every aspect of 19th-century medicine and develop new insights into this period of unprecedented medical discovery,” says Peter Findlay, Jisc’s digital portfolio manager.

Topics covered in the works include consumer health, sports and fitness, food and nutrition, and medical practices. A team from the Internet Archive will do the digitization work at the Wellcome Library in London. 

Source: Wellcome Trust

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