Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2013

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The Evolution of the World Digital Library: Challenges and Opportunities
Erin Hawkins

Last modified: 2013-05-06


The World Digital Library, a website available in seven languages and focusing on cultural treasures from around the world, was founded in 2009 as a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and several national libraries. Now encompassing nearly 200 international institutions, our growth has created new challenges and opportunities. What role does translation play in metadata creation? How do we optimize user experience when our site contains obscure scripts and multiple character sets? When we tweet in Arabic, who tweets back? How can we best assist institutions with less digitization experience to produce quality images and metadata? This discussion will touch on these issues, particularly surrounding multilingualism, translation, outreach, and process improvement regarding partner participation and collaboration.