Special Collections projects

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Current Projects

Clay Sanskrit project Clay Sanskrit Project: A project funded by the JJC Foundation to donate complete sets of the Clay Sanskrit Library, and conduct outreach, workshops, masterclasses and a conference exploring Classical Indian literature.
Ida Mann: Saving Oxford Medicine ProjectSaving Oxford Medicine: Saving Oxford Medicine aims to record key sources for the recent history of medicine in Oxford. It includes work to survey the archives of current and retired members of Oxford University's Medical Sciences Division, and to catalogue medical archives already held by the Bodleian Library.
Deep a draught (detail) What's the score at the Bodleian? This Google-funded project is looking to increase access to the Libraries' music collections through crowd-sourcing. From summer 2011, over four thousand digitised scores, mostly sheet music from the period 1860-1880, many with illustrated covers, will be available online. We are developing an environment which will allow, and encourage, description of these images through community engagement.
Maps and Music Card Catalogue Maps and Music Card Catalogue: Converting 536,400 card catalogue records of Maps and Music special collections into an online format: unleashing the research potential of hidden collections.
Image from Rawlinson 566 Bodleian Broadside Ballads: With a grant from JISC in 2011-13, the Bodleian Library is updating the interface to an online collection of 30,000 broadside ballads, printed between the 16th and 20th centuries. The new interface will provide cross-searching between the Bodleian collections and other online ballad collections and resources for the song tradition, and will use image matching software to provide a new way of accessing the visual content of these materials.
Revealing Hidden Collections project Revealing Hidden Collections This project, funded by the Dhammakaya Foundation, will catalogue unexamined collections of Shan texts from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and from temple libraries in Thailand and Burma, as well as identifying traditional meditation manuals from these places and the British Library in London.
EEBO TCP project Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership: A project established in 1999, with the aim of creating fully searchable transcriptions of the image sets of early printed books which form the basis for ProQuest’s Early English Books Online. (Please see also the transcription database itself.)

Completed Projects

Roy Jenkins project page Roy Jenkins Archive: A project to catalogue the archive of the politician, author, and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Roy Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead (1920-2003).
OCIMCO project at the Bodleian Library Oxford & Cambridge Islamic Manuscripts Online: A JISC-funded project to create an online catalogue of Islamic manuscripts at the universities of Oxford & Cambridge
A castle on the Gough Map Linguistic Geographies: The Gough Map of Great Britain: The Gough Map is internationally-renowned as one of the earliest maps to show Britain in a geographically-recognizable form. Linguistic Geographies was an AHRC-funded research project that sought to address the key questions of how the map was made, who made it, when and why.
The Sampson Project at the Bodleian Library The Sampson Project: Cataloguing the archive of Anthony Sampson, a journalist and writer. The collection reflects Sampson's interests in South Africa and the anti-apartheid movement, politics, business and publishing, with a list of correspondents including some of the most famous names in 20th-century Britain and elsewhere.
Selden Map of China project Selden Map of China: These pages present what we currently know about the map and offer a high-resolution image of it. They also begin the process of putting it into a greater cultural and historical context.
Ask Archivists Day #AskArchivists Day 2011: On Thursday 9 June 2011, the Bodleian participated in international #AskArchivists Day. #AskArchivists allowed participants from all over the world to ask our archivists and curators questions about their role and our collections.
Sprint for Shakespeare Sprint for Shakespeare: A public campaign to raise funds, through donations of all sizes, to stabilize, digitize and publish, freely online, the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays [Arch. G.c.7]. This copy is of particular interest to scholars for its signs of wear, showing the habits of Bodleian readers between 1624 and the 1660s.
Redisovering Rycote Project Rediscovering Rycote: An online resource which brings together the primary sources within the Bodleian's collections which explore the history of Rycote Park.
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