- [First posted in AWOL 2 August 2011, updated 7 August 2015]
- Ancient World Digital Library
- The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to the broadest possible range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world.
AWDL has two primary tracks:
- In partnership with the NYU Digital Libraries Program AWDL is developing mechanisms to host and preserve existing and newly contributed content without respect to digital condition, or state of enrichment of its contents: our overriding objective is to make available to researchers as large a part of the scholarly heritage of the relevant fields as possible. Towards this end we are soliciting the participation of publishers, scholarly societies, organizations, and individuals who hold the rights to scholarly content.
- AWDL will identify, collect, curate and provide bibliographical access to the growing corpus of scholarly materials produced and served elsewhere. This will continue, within the context of the AWDL, the work Charles Jones has undertaken via Abzu and AWOL for more than a decade and a half.
AWDL is collaborating with NYU Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) in the development of the book viewer.Within the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, AWDL is a collaboration between the Library and Digital Programs. Additional information on AWDL and other Digital Initiatives of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is available on the ISAW website
In May 2015, the AWDL relaunched with a redesigned portal. The original AWDL site will remain active until these titles can be migrated to the new AWDL, which may be found at http://dlib.nyu.edu/ancientworld/. The redesigned AWDL offers an improved book viewer, as well as several new features and new content. One interesting new feature is the ability to browse AWDL geographically by using the AWDL Atlas, an open map built with Google Fusion Tables.