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Newborn World Digital Library: testing the quality

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Today has been inaugurated the new World Digital Library  with the support of UNESCO. I had been waiting patiently the moment to go inside it and finally I like it in many senses.

A good point is that the WDL is very good presented.

The first page that you see is a map of the world divided by subdivisions of the continents and the number of documents available by time. Down this map you could see a time´s line where is possible choose a specific century or a time scale. Of course is possible do a “more normal browsing” by time, place, topic, type of item and institution.

A bad point is that I think now is only an example of what is going to be, because I think is still “empty”.

Testing the quality of the World Digital Library:

At the first time a tried to browse an edition of the spanish author Cervantes,  that

“His magnum opusDon Quixote, considered the first modern novel by many,[1] is a classic of Western literature and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature.” (from Wikipedia)

 

But this first browsing about Cervantes Saavedra didn´t work.

I introduced “cervantes” in the search space. The same with “quijote” or “quixote”. So I supposed they don´t have any document related to this topic.

Next I decided choose a document offered by them, because at this moment there are not too much documents.

The result was great. A wonderful picture of  a ” Chola Woman, Full-Length Portrait, Standing, Facing Right, La Paz, Bolivia”. The picture has a very good description, also in spanish, and others languages and the quality is wonderful

There is possible find out more pictures or information related to this document. For example the author, the collection from is part, etc. Is intituitive, I think so, more than a normal catalog, and the presentation is wonderful.

So I hope the WDL is going to have more documents in the future, because now is almost only an example of Digital Library. But I like his use and the quality of the pictures, cataloging, interaction, etc. Now we can talk about the world digital library as something real and working, but at the moment, only as an example of his potential.

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