Digitizing, E-Publishing and Electronic Corpus
DECHE was a project to republish important Welsh language books essential to scholarship through the medium of Welsh that are not in print, as e-books. It was funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, the Welsh-medium college which has branches in most universities in Wales.
Not only does digitizing the publications make them accessible to students and researchers and safeguards them for the future, it also makes it possible to publish them as EPUB and MOBI (for Kindle) files and as PDFs. The e-books are available for download from the Coleg Cymraeg’s Library of on-line digital resources, Llyfrgell y Coleg.
Also, digitizing these resources enabled us to create a new Welsh language research corpus, which may be accessed from the Welsh National Corpus Portal.
This project finished at the end of July 2016. However, if you know of any scholarly Welsh language books which are out of print, and that would be useful to publish as ebooks for Coleg Cymraeg students, please let us know. We continue to gather a candidate list of suitable books for digitization in a future project.