Thursday, October 19, 2006

 

Charles Darwin's Complete Works Go Online - Open Access!

From BBC News UK: Charles Darwin's works go online - The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online.

The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications - all of it searchable.

Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files.

The resource is aimed at serious scholars, but can be used by anyone with an interest in Darwin and his theory on the evolution of life.

'The idea is to make these important works as accessible as possible; some people can only get at Darwin that way,' said Dr John van Wyhe, the project's director.

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"The Complete Works Of Charles Darwin Online" website is located at http://darwin-online.org.uk/:

WELCOME to the largest collection of Darwin's writings ever assembled. For a basic, non-academic, entryway click here. For a complete list click contents.

This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context.

Also repoted by The Washington Post: "Darwin Evolves on the Web"

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