Three projects are in train that will all contribute to WHELF’s ambition to put searchable texts of ‘Wales in print’ complete on the web.
‘Welsh Journals Online’, led by the National Library of Wales, aims to make available the complete contents of around 50 periodicals published in Wales, in Welsh and English, from 1900 (and before that date in the case of title already in existence in 1900). Nine titles are already available, and the rest will follow in the coming months.
‘Welsh Ballads’ is also a JISC-funded project and when complete will offer the texts of 5,000 ballads from the early 18th century onwards. Cardiff University is the lead partner, with help from Bangor, Lampeter and the National Library of Wales.
The largest and most recent of these text projects is ‘Welsh Newspapers and Magazine Online’, funded by a £2m strategic grant by the Welsh Assembly Government to the National Library of Wales. This will concentrate on the nineteenth century and will open up a vast quantity (2m pages) of knowledge currently very difficult to investigate easily. A website will be available shortly.
Meanwhile, an important and very large archival collection of historic Welsh wills, is from this week available online through the National Library of Wales.