Current Projects

At any given time, BDLSS is usually involved in between 10 and 15 active projects. Many of these are externally funded and they range from small projects that last a few weeks to large-scale international collaborations that run many years. Below are a selection of active projects. If you are interested in partnering with BDLSS on a digital project, please contact us at A selection of current projects is below.

Cultures of Knowledge

Established in 2009, and now in its second phase (2013-14), Cultures of Knowledge is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project based at the University of Oxford with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project uses digital methods to reassemble and interpret the correspondence networks of the early modern period. BDLSS has provided digital engineering and technical advice to Cultures of Knowledge since its inception. Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO), a tool created by the Cultures of Knowledge project, is a combined finding aid and editorial interface for basic descriptions of early modern correspondence. The public prototype that is currently online combines calendars of eight contributing collections.


The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) is a collaboration between the Bodleian and the University of Michigan that produces highly accurate, fully searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts of early English books.

Phase I of text production, funded in the UK by JISC, created 25,363 searchable texts and ran at the Bodleian from 2001 to 2009. The project has now moved into Phase II, supported by JISC Collections, and is working to complete a corpus of around 70,000 texts  one copy of every unique title printed in English between 1473 and 1700.

Maps and Music Catalogues Conversion

The Mellon-funded Music and Maps Catalogues two-year project will see the conversion of approximately 500,000 catalogue records to form a rich digital collection that will be accessible via SOLO.

Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project

The Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana are partnering on a collaborative digitization project with the aim of opening up repositories of ancient texts. Over the next few years, the libraries are making 1.5 million pages from their collections freely available online to researchers and the general public worldwide. The first of our digitized collections can be found on the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project website.

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