VALA2010 Session 7 Cathro

VALA20120Developing Trove: the policy and technical challenges

Wednesday 10 February 2010 13:45 – 14:15
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperWarwick Cathro

Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing and Innovation, National Library of Australia

Susan Collier

Project Manager, Trove Project, National Library of Australia

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In September 2008 the National Library of Australia embarked on a project to develop a powerful new discovery service to expose the wealth of information in Australian collections. The new service, branded “Trove”, was released in December 2009 after six months as a beta service. Trove is not only replacing eight legacy services, but is improving the discovery experience for the Australian public and researchers by including more content and by allowing users to engage with the content. This paper will describe the policy and technical challenges which were faced by the Library during this project, and will outline the Library’s plans for the further development of Trove.