About the Australian Digital Collections

History and background

The collection has been growing since 1997 with funding from a number of national grants and institutional collaborations. Between 1997 and July 2010, content management and development was overseen by Dr. Creagh Cole, Coordinator of the Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS).

Text encoding standards

Textual content is encoded using P5 guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Technical conversion from an earlier TEI standard was undertaken by Conal Tuohy.

Technology for search and presentation

In 2010, the University of Sydney Library adopted the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) for collection search and presentation. Technical development was undertaken by Rowan Brownlee using Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) and Java Server Pages (JSP). Graphic design was provided by Rebecca Goldsworthy, with CSS and HTML by Gaith Bader.


The following institutions have provided texts and support for the advancement of this project:

  • Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project 1840-45
  • Macquarie Dictionary Ozcorp Database
  • Scholarly Editions Centre at the Australian Defence Forces Academy, Canberra.
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • Vicnet Ozlit Web Site at the Victorian State Library
  • Scholars Centre, University of Western Australia
  • AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature

In addition, a number of individuals have contributed important texts to the collection:


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We have made every effort to ensure that the print publications upon which these files have been based are free of copyright. If you have information which suggests otherwise, do not hesitate to let us know.

Conditions of use

By their use of these texts, users agree to follow our conditions of use:

  • The texts and images may not be used for any commercial purpose without permission from the University of Sydney Library.
  • The texts are not to be mounted on another server for public or commercial access without permission. Links may, of course, be made from other sites to this site, subject to our conditions of use.