John Van Oudenaren - World Digital Library Project Site

Report
Annual Partner Meeting
Rome, Italy
October 29, 2014
John Van Oudenaren
The Library of Congress
WDL Project Director
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Technical Developments
Partners
Content
Capacity Building
Users and User Engagement
• Process Improvements
– Experience with online content submission process
– Dropbox
– Online partner review
• User Interface (UI) Improvements
– beta.wdl.org represents the first complete overhaul
of the WDL site since 2009
– Developed for two main reasons:
• Respond to changing patterns of user demand
• Accommodate thematic and related sections discussed at
the 2013 partner and EC meetings
• 10,778 items
• 500,087 images
• 1,219 (98,039 images) items added in the past year
(13% growth)
• Items contributed by 34 partner institutions in 24
countries
• 122 institutions in 56 countries currently represented
on the WDL
• 116 languages represented on the WDL
• Long-term content goals and selection criteria are
under discussion
• 183 partners in 81 countries
(added six partners in four countries:
Andorra, Morocco, Portugal, United States)
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National Library of Andorra
National Library of Morocco
Newberry Library, Chicago
Public Library of the Municipality of Porto
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Arizona State Library and Archives
• Capacity building challenge
Current partners
Prospective partners
• Digital Conversion Centers
– Egypt
– Iraq
– Uganda
• Arab Peninsula Regional Group, Qatar National
Library Doha Symposium, May 28-29, 2014
(Data for Library of Congress FY 2014)
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Visits: 3,761,303
Page views: 24,106,592
Downloads: 309,842
ReadSpeaker Usage: 206,619
Top countries by number of visits:
United States, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, United
Kingdom, Germany, China, Argentina, France,
Russian Federation
• Visits are down but page views, total time on site, and
other measures of engagement are up
• Decline is mainly in the number of users in Spanish- and
Portuguese-speaking countries, and concentrated in
single-page users
• Substantial growth in some countries, e.g., India, 42.9
percent; Egypt, 23.6 percent; Saudi Arabia, 21.5
percent
• Mobile traffic is up 78 percent, even before the launch
of the new User Interface (UI)
• Improved balance among languages
Visit Duration
Visits (%)
Page Views (%)
10-30 minutes
9.6
20.2
1-5 minutes
29.0
20.1
less than 1 minute
49.6
16.8
30-60 minutes
2.2
11.7
5-10 minutes
8.7
11.3
1-2 hours
0.7
8.0
0.2
4.3
2 hours or more
Visitors
Page Views
December 26, 2013
December 27, 2013
Tweet on December 25 about Johann Sebastian Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Berlin
State Library, www.wdl.org/7490
Visitors
Page Views
February 4, 2013
February 5, 2013
Polish Facebook posting about an atlas of Poland, 1772, National Library of Belarus,
www.wdl.org/11294
• History of Arabic and Islamic science
• Meso-American codices
• Expanding frontiers to build continental-scale nation-states
• Sacred texts
• Chinese history
• Railroads, canals, and the infrastructure of modern
transportation
• Systems of writing
• “Intertwined” histories, e.g., travel and voyages, the Silk
Road, epidemics
• World, Regional, and National Histories
 World History
 National Histories
 Other?
• Special Presentations
 Chinese Books, Manuscripts, Maps, and Prints
 Illuminated Manuscripts from Europe
 Imperial Russia

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