National Library of Australia Staff Papers, 2010

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Developing Trove: the policy and technical challenges

Warwick Cathro, Susan Collier


In September 2008 the National Library of Australia embarked on a project to develop a powerful new discovery service to expose the wealth of information in Australian collections.  The new service, branded “Trove”, was released in December 2009 after six months as a beta service.  Trove is not only replacing eight legacy services, but is improving the discovery experience for the Australian public and researchers by including more content and by allowing users to engage with the content. This paper will describe the policy and technical challenges which were faced by the Library during this project, and will outline the Library’s plans for the further development of Trove.

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