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Project Overview

National Taiwan University Library has had a long history of maintaining valuable special collections. From the Japanese occupation period to the present day, the University faculty have been trying to acquire important resources. Although the collections are significant resources for academic study, their fragile condition cannot withstand constant examination. Early digitization projects include the ¡§Digital Museum of the Tamsui River,¡¨ carried out in 1998 and 1999. In 2001 the library began a ¡§Pilot Project of the National Digital Archives Program¡¨ to initiate further digitization projects. Since 2002 the library has participated in ¡§The National Digital Archives Program.¡¨ The purpose of undertaking these projects is to accelerate the format conversion of important resources for Taiwan Studies. As the collections are vital records of Taiwan culture and history, their digitization is expected to benefit a broad readership as well as scholars in Taiwan studies.
The National Taiwan University Library has completed the digitization of the Tan-hsin Archive, the Kanori Ino Manuscripts, and Rubbings of Taiwan Cultural Relics by conducting the ¡§National Taiwan University Digital Taiwan-Related Archives Project¡¨ (2002-2006), the first phase of the National Digital Archives Program (NDAP). The library will continue this effort by undertaking the ¡§Extended Digital Taiwan-Related Archives Project¡¨ (2007-2012) in the second phase of NDAP. In the current project, the NTU Library's efforts will target the Yasusada Tashiro Collection, books of lyrics of Taiwanese Opera, and the V. S. de Beausset Collection. Digitization work for these collections includes creating image files, full-texts, and metadata records, as well as integrating all the results in a searchable database system so as to provide easy access to these cultural legacies and to fulfill the library's mission to preserve Taiwan's cultural heritage.
Both the ¡§National Taiwan University Digital Taiwan-Related Archives Project¡¨ and the ¡§Extended Digital Taiwan-Related Archives Project¡¨ are sub-projects of the ¡§National Taiwan University Digital Archives Project,¡¨ which is sponsored by the NDAP. By participating in the NDAP, NTU has been able to establish a portal for the digitization projects of botanical, entomological, geological, zoological, and anthropological specimens, as well as the library's own collections. The portal provides scholars and researchers gateway services to reach NTU's rich academic legacy. Through these digitization projects, the library will continue to contribute to NTU's portal for a growing digital collection of outstanding diversity. The digital archives will also serve as the basis of a prospective project, the ¡§Archive for Taiwan Natural and Cultural History.¡¨ The projects will thus provide a comprehensive collection of core materials for Taiwan studies, as well as facilitate permanent research tools for scientific and cultural scholarship.