Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wellcome Library and Jisc announce UK Medical Heritage Library digitization project

Last week we learned that the Wellcome Library and the digital technology charity Jisc are teaming up with nine other U.K. institutions to digitize collections of rare 19th-century medical books.

The project aims to digitize over 30,000 rare books, comprising 15 million pages of content, over two years. The content will form a U.K. Medical Heritage Library, available on multiple platforms under an open license.

It's especially interesting to see that the title selected for digitization include not only 19th-century medical classics, but also ephemeral items such as pamphlets, books on topics such as phrenology that are now considered quackery, and others on sports, nutrition and other peripheral topics that are nonetheless essential to understanding the history of health and medicine.