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Digitising at the Library of Parliament

Date Released: Fri, 4 September 2009 09:18 +0200

The Library of Parliament in Cape Town is planning on digitising every debate or speech recorded in its halls since 1857 - but this is dependent on securing funding, according to a story in The Times. The costs of the conversion has not yet been calculated but could run into "millions" for infrastructure, hardware and software, according to Albert Ntunja, the Head of the Library.

The library aims to follow examples from Britain, the US and Scandinavian countries where parliamentary archives can be accessed on websites.

This post was first published on the SA Libraries in the News blog.

Read more about the history of the Library of Parliament in Libraries: the cornerstone of democracy which includes the picture to the right.

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