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David Lehmann
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New Zealand during WW2

Post by David Lehmann » 12 Jul 2003 17:51

This from another forum:
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I thought I'd pass this exciting information on about New Zealand's
Official WW2 History series - From the New Zealand Electronic Text
Centre in Wellington, New Zealand:
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I am pleased to announce the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre's
release of the pilot project for the digitisation of the Official Histories of
New Zealand in the Second World War, a long out-of-print series which is
unparalleled in its scholarship and exhaustive coverage. Many thanks
to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for granting permissions to deliver
these volumes to the public online. Also thanks to the Vice Chancellor's
Office for the special funding directed to this pilot project.

Four of the five books were generously made available for digitisation by
the Victoria University Library, with the fifth, Maori Battalion, having
been purchased second-hand specifically for the project. The full text
of all volumes was double keyboarded into XML according to the guidelines
of the Text Encoding Initiative. This first installation offers more than
1.5 million words, 31 full colour maps, 328 historical photographs, and 77
diagrams. In the near future we will develop a devoted site for the
War Histories which will showcase some of the more interesting maps and
photos within these texts.

We are now seeking funding to digitise the entire series of the
histories, 50 volumes in total. This would generate a fully searchable archive of
more than 15 million words and represent a valuable national and global
resource to students, the general public, and researchers alike.

The first five volumes chosen for the pilot project:
a.. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
1939-45: Prisoners of War
b.. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
1939-45: The Relief of Tobruk
c.. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
1939-45: Battle for Egypt
d.. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
1939-45: 28 Maori) Battalion
e.. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
1939-45: The Pacific
You can view them here: http://www.nzetc.org/corpora/WH2.html
Or to browse our general collections, visit:
http://www.nzetc.org/collections.html

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments
regarding this or any project at the NZETC.

*In the coming weeks we will be launching local indexing and
searching, in the form of an open source system developed here at the the NZETC. Up
until this point our archives have been indexed and searched through one of
our partner institutions, the University of Virginia Electronic Text
Center.
You will notice that the War History Collection will not be indexed and
fully searchable until we launch the new system.

_____________________________________
Elizabeth Styron, Director
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
http://www.nzetc.org

Victoria University of Wellington
P.O. Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand
+64-4-463-6847



David

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Post by Andy H » 13 Jul 2003 12:03

Thats good news David, lets hope others are watching and listening, especially Britains PRO.

Andy H

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