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The Oxford Digital Library Development Fund

The Development Fund (DF) of the Oxford Digital Library was a grant program with the overarching remit to enrich Oxford's library collections with a significant set of digital resources. It comprised a generous grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Oxford University to fund the essential infrastructure of ODL (equipment and staff) and to support a range of digital projects based on core research material from Bodleian Libraries holdings. It aimed to promote scholarly effort with relevance to research and teaching by digitizing, delivering and enhancing major library holdings of Oxford University.

The grant programme for projects was managed by the Oxford Digital Library in collaboration with an Editorial Board, comprising scholars and librarians from within and outside Oxford.

ODL DF funding for projects totalled over £280,000. Calls for proposals were launched in October 2001, March 2003 and December 2004. These calls invited project proposals from scholars in partnership with Bodleian libraries. The use of materials from libraries within the Bodleian Libraries was a mandatory requirement for any proposal.

These expressions of interest were assessed by the Editorial Board, and projects were invited to submit full proposals. The Editorial Board then decided which applications should receive project funding.

Refer to Digital Collections in Oxford for a list of those projects funded.

 
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