After 12 months of advocacy for Trove, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is pleased to see increased funding for Trove - the search engine focussing on Australian and Australians, managed by the National Library of Australia (NLA).
The Federal Government has today announced in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
(MYEFO) that Trove will receive $16.4 million over four years from 2016-17, which will be provided to the NLA for digitisation of material and upgrade of critical infrastructure.
Sue McKerracher, CEO of ALIA, said: 'We are pleased that this funding injection will assist in the further development of the Trove platform and resources that have already proved to be of enormous value to researchers in the humanities, science and industry, and which have added to Australia’s reputation for world class knowledge infrastructure overseas.'
Trove has an important role as the national platform for digital cultural collections from across the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector.
Ms McKerracher said: "While it began as an initiative of the National Library, over the last five years Trove has achieved the position of a national asset representing collections right across the GLAM sector. Trove has helped drive an unprecedented level of collaboration across the sector."
Since its release in 2010, Trove content has increased exponentially. There are now 522 million items Australian and online resources in the digital collection, with more than 20 million unique users each year. This demonstrates the enormous appetite for cultural content to support education, research, industry, community and especially the arts and creative industries.
Download the MYEFO
(Trove mentioned on page 140 of the pdf)
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