Trove is...

Trove is a discovery service

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Trove helps you find resources about Australia and by Australians. We do this by collecting information from many organisations around the world. This information about resources, also known as metadata, is processed for easy searching through the Trove website and API.

One Trove search connects you to the holdings of thousands of organisations.

Trove is a community

Trove is enriched and enlarged by the activities of people just like you. Trove gives you tools to share, organise and correct information about our resources. You can use tags to make items easier to find, add your own knowledge through comments, share your research by creating lists, and correct the text of digitised newspapers. You can also share your ideas and experience through the Trove forum.

Trove is a verb

Well, perhaps not officially, but 'troving' has certainly become an important part of online research. Do you want to know more about an Australian topic? Just trove it!

Trove is a metadata aggregator

Huh? Please forgive the jargon, but it's important to understand that Trove mostly collects information about resources, rather than the resources themselves. This descriptive information is what we call metadata.

This metadata looks a lot like the entries in a library catalogue or museum collection database. But what's different about Trove is that it brings metadata together from lots of different catalogues and databases. Yes, we're an aggregator – we pull stuff together to make it easier for you to find.

If you want to use a particular resource, you'll probably need to follow the link from Trove to the website of the organisation that provides the metadata. Some resources will be online as text or images, but not all. If it's in a library, Trove will help you track down a copy. Wherever possible we'll point you to more information, but we can't guarantee that you'll be able to get your hands on it – unfortunately not everything's online!

Trove is a content repository

Yes, Trove is mostly an aggregation of metadata. But just to complicate matters, we also host a growing collection of complete digital resources – not just the metadata, but the actual stuff itself.

You're probably already familiar with the Trove newspaper zone. It contains millions of newspaper articles -- both images of the articles and the text extracted from them. This content is hosted by Trove itself.

In coming years, Trove will deliver more and more digital content – not just newspapers, but also books, journals, manuscripts and more.

Trove is a platform

Trove isn't just a website, it's a platform that you can build on. We give you tools to create your own websites, applications and interfaces using the data in Trove.

The Trove Application Programming Interface (API) delivers metadata in a form that computers can easily understand and use. The Building with Trove support zone tells you more about the possibilities.

Even if you're not a developer there are ways that you can integrate Trove into your own site.

Trove is a collaboration

Trove is developed and maintained by the National Library of Australia, but it's made possible through the collaboration of many cultural heritage and research organisations.

A large number of our records come to us from Libraries Australia, a resource sharing service managed by the National Library. The digitisation of newspapers is coordinated through the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. And of course we have many individual content partners, who allow us to harvest information from their websites.

We are all building Trove together.

Trove is yours

Trove is a lot of things, but mostly Trove is here to help you. Through Trove we hope that you'll find resources that support your research, amuse you, challenge you, and lead you in new directions.

You can also help us improve Trove. Whether you're a devoted text-corrector or a casual searcher, we're keen to hear your ideas about the future.

Trove is yours, what do you want it to be?