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Trove cuts

The National Library of Australia safeguards one of Australia’s most important living archives. Source: NLA.

Mike Jones and Deb Verhoeven, Treasure Trove: why defunding Trove leaves Australia poorer, The Conversation, 26 February 2016

All swashbuckling pirates (and movie producers) know that if you want to find the treasure buried beneath the elusive X you first need a map. A charred fragment is no good: fortune only comes to those who hold enough pieces to follow the trail.

The National Library of Australia’s Trove service is that map for anyone wanting to navigate the high seas of information abundance. (You don’t even need to be a pirate.)

But our information plundering days may soon be over. Recently announced “efficiency dividends” mean that aspects of the Trove service will be scratched.

The news that Trove will face cuts has led to an outpouring of support on social media, with several thousand tweets using the #fundTrove hashtag.

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