Digital Cultural Heritage and Scholarship in the Czech Republic

Rosenblum, Brian. “Digital Access to Cultural Heritage and Scholarship in the Czech Republic.” Slavic and East European Information Resources 9.1 (2008). http://hdl.handle.net/1808/1715

This article looks at selected digital library projects in the Czech Republic, with a focus on two main domains of activity: digital preservation of cultural heritage, and providing digital access to scholarship through institutional repositories. With regard to digitization of national cultural heritage, the Czech Republic, largely through the leadership of the National Library, has established itself as one of the most active countries in the region. With regard to providing access to Czech research and scholarship, although there is quite a bit of interest among research institutions and universities, institutional repositories are currently in the exploratory stage and have not yet been widely implemented. Copyright laws are repeatedly cited by Czech librarians as one obstacle to improving access to digital resources in both spheres of activity.