Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) has been developing and running the platform CrossAsia (https://crossasia.org) for more than a decade. It was launched in 2005 to provide an easy to use and central point of access to the printed and electronic resources in the library’s collection relating to East, Central and Southeast Asia. The collection is partly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Over the years, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has continuously adjusted the objectives for CrossAsia, incorporating and in some cases anticipating the demands of academia and research.
I will focus on three points. First, I will introduce the cosmos of CrossAsia, including collection building, ILL services, digitization and presentation, searching, contextualization of collections, full-text search (ITR), OA support, or (research) data services. This is a service for Asia related scholars in a Western information environment.
This I will do from the perspective of a library and information infrastructure that is rethinking its mission to support Asia-related scholarship and research in an ever more globalized and digitally connected world. I will show how CrossAsia seeks to organize access to collections and data- regardless of their physical form and/or usage limitations due to licensing restrictions - in ways that make the materials findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable wherever possible.
Secondly, I will explore the aspect of responsibility that goes hand in hand with the further development and operation of CrossAsia in the context of a networked and more internationally-oriented research.
And lastly, we notice today the massive potential of the impact of AI in information infrastructures. Here again, we try to identify our strategies to cope with these relatively new opportunities.
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