Australia’s online cultural and research portal, Trove, is about to hit a major milestone with almost 6.5 billion resources freely available online.
Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, said ‘Trove is a service that anyone can access at any time. This was not an overnight digitisation project, but one that has taken over 10 years to mature into the thriving community hub and knowledge base it is now.’
‘As we all look for ideas of how to use our time at home and online, I encourage you to explore Trove. It’s free and the content comes from trusted sources – the libraries, universities, galleries, archives and museums of Australia.’
Dr Ayres recognised Australia’s State and Territory libraries, and the hundreds of cultural and research institutions around Australia that have made this collaboration project so successful.
‘Trove is brought to you by the National Library and hundreds of reputable institutions around Australia. Decades of collaboration have allowed us to create this magnificent service for Australians to access. As we near another major milestone, during a challenging phase in Australian and world history, I am deeply encouraged by the collective determination to work together and make sure people have free access to a vast array of content.’
Trove’s content covers everything from more than 25 million digital copies of newspaper and magazine articles to books available in hundreds of editions and dozens of translations. Billions of Australian webpages stretching back more than 20 years are also available.
A large and devoted volunteer community has been helping improve Trove as well. Crowdsourcing activities include transcribing the imperfectly scanned text of digitised newspapers to improve search results, to creating lists about unique topics for other users with similar interests to reference.
The number of registered Trove users active in March alone neared nine thousand, with more than three million lines of newspaper text corrections made in the same month. Creating a Trove account is free and anyone can sign up.
‘The role of the Library is to collect, preserve and share information with the public, and Trove has proven to be so much more than a search engine,’ Dr Ayres said.
While the sheer number of works readily available in Trove could be overwhelming, suggestions are regularly made via the Trove Facebook page that point towards topical reading material or ways you can participate online. Alternately, just search for some of your favourite things and see what treasures Trove will uncover.
An upgraded version of Trove will be launched in June 2020.
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