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Posted - 27-07-2015

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Excuse me! Can I interest you in some NLW Data?

The National Library of Wales’s digital collections have grown significantly in recent years and users have become familiar with searching and browsing our online catalogue and digital resources such as the recently revamped Welsh Newspapers Online website. But soon there will be another way to access our collections …

NLW Data is a new initiative from NLW Research that will offer a new way of accessing some of our collections. NLW Data will focus on providing direct programmatic access to the various types of data held by the National Library of Wales. As a result users will be able to download datasets. This makes it possible for users to use their own software tools or to query datasets programmatically (for example as Linked Open Data or via APIs).

The first dataset released in this way is the result of transcription work by the NLW Volunteer Programme that enabled certain portions of the Aberystwyth Shipping Records Archive to be made available as Excel Spreadsheets.

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NLW volunteers transcribing the 19th century shipping registers

What can you do next?

  • To find out about more about this specific collection, see this blog post.
  • To see an example of one of the crew lists click here.
  • To download this dataset go to NLW Data.
  • If you’re interested in finding out more about NLW Data or if you have any ideas or suggestions for developing this service, please contact us at enquiry@llgc.org.uk

 

Dr Owain Roberts

Acting Head of Research

 

 

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