Trove portal receives additional $8m funding


By Amy Sarcevic
Wednesday, 01 July, 2020


Trove portal receives additional $8m funding

Australia’s online culture and research portal, Trove, is to receive an additional $8 million in funding over the next two years to support its ongoing development, the federal government has announced.

Trove, which archives content from hundreds of national libraries, cultural and research institutions nationally, has undergone a $16 million modernisation and digitisation project over the last four years.

This next stage will be the culmination of these efforts, with millions more pages of content added and enhanced usability features.

Created in consultation with more than 3000 Australians, the new-look site will be more accessible and user-friendly — with a modern and intuitive design that makes it easier to explore, find and share content. New measures have been taken to improve the cultural safety of Trove for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said he was proud to be supporting the initiative.

“The federal government is proud to support Trove, which is a critical national resource preserving our culture for all to access and explore,” said Minister Fletcher.

“The National Library and its partner network are to be commended on maintaining, building and contributing to an accessible and free online resource of such cultural and historical significance for all Australians.”

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, is also pleased.

“We are delighted with the announcement by the federal government today” said Dr Ayres.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the way we access information into sharp focus. Trove has proven to be invaluable to its visitors now more than ever, providing trusted information and welcome diversion during a moment in history when it’s never been more important to have insights and discovery at your fingertips.”

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