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October 23, 2006

Cambridge Puts Up Darwin Archive on the Web

Don't tell them in Topeka, but the University of Cambridge has placed the papers and collected writing of Charles Darwin online in a free digitized archive.  Split windows show the text against an image of Darwin books, including the Origin of the Species and other texts.  Here are some of the highlights from the site's description of the content:

  • The first ever complete collection of all Darwin's publications. Many have never been reproduced and almost all appear online for the first time. See Publications.
  • Each text is absolutely complete, nothing is omitted (as so often with online texts). The digitizations on Darwin Online begin with the cover and include every page without exception, including end pages and publishers' advertizements. It's as close to holding the book in one's hand as the internet can be.
  • Never before published transcriptions of some of Darwin's handwritten manuscripts, such as the field notebook used on the Galapagos islands.
  • Audio Darwin: Darwin's works available as free mp3 downloads for the blind, vision impaired and audio book readers.

There are more than 50,000 pages and 40,000 illustrations available.  The site has been up since October 19th and has registered over 224,000 hits between then and now.

The site is available here.

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