ISAW Library Relaunches Ancient World Digital Library with Redesigned Portal
|May 21, 2015||Posted by David Ratzan under Uncategorized||
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) and the Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) in the New York University Division of Libraries have redesigned and relaunched the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) online portal. The new site offers significant improvements in the presentation, searching, and downloading of a growing collection of scholarship related to the ancient world.
AWDL began as a collaboration between ISAW and DLTS in 2010. Although the AWDL website has been completely redesigned and expanded, AWDL’s mission remains to collect, curate, and sustain a digital collection of important research materials for the use of both the NYU and the wider scholarly community, with a special focus on the cross-boundary and interdisciplinary research from the Mediterranean to Northern China pursued at ISAW. Besides its specific curatorial focus, AWDL also distinguishes itself from similar digital publishing projects by actively seeking to partner with scholars, institutions, and publishers in order to collect and serve digitized content that is either still in-print or under copyright, in addition to older material no longer under copyright.
The first product of the ISAW-DLTS collaboration was a stand-alone book viewer, serving titles in the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) scanned by the Internet Archive (IA). The original AWDL site will remain active until these titles can be migrated to the new AWDL portal, which may be found at http://dlib.nyu.edu/ancientworld/.
The redesigned AWDL offers an improved book viewer, as well as several new features and new content. One interesting new feature is the ability to browse AWDL geographically by using the AWDL Atlas, an open map built with Google Fusion Tables.
The new AWDL is relaunching with 121 titles from our partner Brill, as well as the entire run of the Newsletter of the Center for Inner Asian Art, the predecessor of the Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology. The American Society of Papyrologists has also partnered with ISAW, permitting AWDL to digitize and serve its monographic series, American Studies in Papyrology. These books will be published to AWDL over the next few months. Each digital object has a unique, persistent URL, maybe downloaded as a pdf, and has been cataloged with high-quality MARC records, so that it is discoverable from both Bobcat (NYU’s Library catalog) and WorldCat.
AWDL goals in the near-term include:
- building AWDL content;
- presenting ISAW Papers and ISAW’s digital publications from the NYU Press in the AWDL portal; and
- enhancing search capabilities within items.
For more information about AWDL or if you would like to partner with AWDL, please write to David M. Ratzan, the ISAW Head Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For feature updates and new content publication to AWDL please follow the ISAW Library Blog.