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The mission of the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA) program is to make available the highest quality electronic dictionaries for South Asian languages as free public services via the Internet. DDSA encompasses languages of the current nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. A panel of language experts involved in the program has identified key dictionaries and selected at least one multilingual dictionary for each of the twenty-six modern literary languages of South Asia. For the more frequently taught languages, panelists also chose at least one monolingual dictionary for digitization.

The DIRC is an interactive decision tree program to help you determine what you need to do to legally use a specific image for a specific purpose. At each stage it has a brief description of the issue at hand as well as links for more detailed discussions of those issues.

This is a large collection of mostly old and rare Natural History books digitized by the Natural History Museum MAHN-84 in Vaucluse, France. Subjects covered include:Zoology, Botany, Entomology, Caving, Biospeleology and more. It is an open access collection.

Tags: History, Science

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Collections include newspapers, photographs, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official historical documents, and historic and contemporary maps.

Scanned (not searchable) page images of:

Los Angeles Times (Library ed.)
Wall Street Journal (Eastern ed.)
Washington Post (Final ed.)
New York Times (East Coast, Late ed.)

Other resources may include searchable full-text for these newspapers but not images of the actual printed pages.

Coverage: Coverage begins from 2008 - .
Tags: News

The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 44 collections consisting of over 104,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 733,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century. Together, these collections offer unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time. Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included.

“The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among librarians, scholars, educators, and private industry representatives since the early 1990s. Efforts led by a range of organizations, including the Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA  brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage.”

“NLM historical collections include selected digitized material relating to the history of medicine. Chosen from the manuscripts and books collections, the prints and photographs collection, historical films and videos, current and past exhibitions, and the Digital Manuscripts Program, these digitized materials cover a spectrum of centuries and cultures from medieval Islam to contemporary biomedical research.”

Sanborn fire insurance maps, created to assist fire insurance companies assess risk, are large-scale community plans drawn at a scale of 50 feet to one inch. The maps give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, and house and block numbers. Sanborn maps also contain data about construction details, building use and the utilities and transportation infrastructure that supported the community overall. Several editions of maps exist for some cities.

Coverage: 1867-1970
Tags: California, Geography