Friday, 2 December 2016
The Trove team recently posed a tweet: what is Trove?
Like the librarians' curse of knowledge*, where it may be difficult to compress a complex service into a brief explanation for the uninitiated, concepts are sometimes defined in the negative.
For example, Trove was never an acronym although there have been several published attempts to make it so.
But to answer the team's question, each letter of Trove can be used to convey its scope, power and indispensability. Its reach almost demands uppercase. TROVE is:
-> a Time capsule
-> a Roam around a continent
-> an Organic summation of a nation's status
-> a View of identity from multiple soapboxes
-> an Embodiment of inheritance
As a time capsule, Trove is unparalleled. Provided government funding allows it to be expanded, it will continue to uncover Australia's history.
In a simple roaming search, anyone can delve into small town life or trace the growth of a metropolis.
The threats to our natural environment, whether silently accumulating for millenia or newly incubated, have been documented in Trove since 1803 and can be found by following the clues invested in a range of forms: article, book, image and website.
Trove's rich content illustrates the inspirational soapboxes for political, religious, legal or scientific research, and views of identity in notices from "the Cradle, the Altar and the Grave".
By encapsulating a nation's intellectual capital, Trove is a powerful embodiment of Australia's inheritance, accessible to everyone.