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TSU put more than 100,000 old text sources about Siberia online

© Валерий ДоронинTSU put more than 100,000 old text sources about Siberia online

TOMSK, Sep 25 – RIA Tomsk. The Research Library of Tomsk State University (TSU RL) presented the platform "PRO Siberia", which unites old digitized newspapers and manuscripts that constitute the textual heritage of Siberians; over 100 thousand text sources have already been published on the website, this base will be supplemented, Director of TSU RL Artem Vasiliev told.

Earlier it was reported that the Research Library of Tomsk State University (TSU RL) is creating an electronic database of newspapers, books, manuscripts and other sources on Siberia reflecting its special territorial, economic, cultural and historic importance. The project is called "PRO Siberia". It is impossible to predict the total number of materials, because ordinary citizens of Russia, libraries, and museums will be able to add their materials to the collection.

"Already today there are over 100 thousand sources on the platform. These are mainly Siberian pre-revolutionary newspapers. Then we will upload here archives, book publications and documents. All in all, together with our partners, we plan to place about 1.5 thousand titles of Siberian newspapers - that's hundreds to hundreds of thousands of issues," Vasiliev said during the platform presentation on Friday evening.

He added that TSU has always been a hub for the study of Siberia and has received requests from thousands of researchers for materials to study the Siberian territory, economic and social life of Siberians.

"For several years, we have been digitizing Siberian materials, and they used to be placed in our digital library. Today it's time to create a more convenient service, not just to access them, but to get tools to interact with these sources, which will help to feel our interaction with history," Vasiliev said.

As earlier reported by RIA Tomsk, the project website will include all digitized sources on Siberia from the holdings of TSU Research Library, including 200,000 issues of Siberian newspapers, 2,660 titles of books, 580 manuscripts, 275 pictorial materials and 1,675 notebooks from dialectological expeditions of philologists.

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