Lausanne, December 7, 2012
The State and University Library Lausanne (BCU Lausanne) launched on December 7, 2012 the http://scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.ch, a platform for older editions of major newspapers of Swiss canton of Vaud. The first stage of this ambitious project is the launch of all issues of the title “24 heures” and its ancestor “Feuille d’Avis de Lausanne”, published between 1762 and 2001. The site http://scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.ch gives free access to the entirety of the text and provides very fine research functionalities. This project was led thanks to grants of the Swiss National Library and Edipresse (Tamedia), in collaboration with the Archives of Canton de Vaud and Archive of the City of Lausanne.
Lausanne, December 7, 2012 – More than one million pages, this is the body of literature that the State and University Library Lausanne (BCU Lausanne) makes available free of charge, on December 7. 2012, to users on the site http://scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.ch. Consultation of a specific issue or a particular page from the collection of “Feuille d’Avis de Lausanne” and “24 heures”, published from 1762 up to 2001, is made possible. The site also offers the functionalities facilitating research in the whole content. The scanned pages can be downloaded, printed or sent by email.
Making this body available online in a digital form is the first step of a larger project that aimes at making available through http://scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.chall the newspapers that have historically participated in the constitution of cultural identity of the Swiss canton of Vaud. Thus, the platform will be gradually enriched by the contribution of other titles and the titles of “ 24 heures” posterior to 2001, this without competing with the commercial release of the most recent issues. An iPad version should be available in 2013.
The completion of this first stage of the project has benefited from the support of the Swiss National Library and Edipresse (Tamedia), owner of the titles. It has also benefited from the active participation of Archives of Canton of Vaud and the Archive of the City of Lausanne.
With http://Scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.ch, BCU Lausanne provides preservation, promotion and access of and to the heritage of Swiss Canton de Vaud, all these actions being at the heart of the mission of BCU Lausanne.
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