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Darwin's body of work evolves into online archive

October 26, 2005 This article courtesy of Nature News.

Classic works planned to go digital.

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The complete works of Charles Darwin are to be made available online for the first time. The archive (at will include 42 volumes written or edited by Darwin and hundreds of shorter publications such as journal articles. Darwin's private notebooks, in which he recorded the observations and thoughts that led to his theory of evolution, will also be digitized. The documents will be available both as searchable text and exact reproductions. The project, based at the University of Cambridge, UK, will launch its website in December. Project scientists also plan to include translations of some of the works into other languages. The £250,000 (US$440,000) needed to fund the scheme was provided by Britain's Arts and Humanities Research Council.


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