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8. Creativity and Culture

8.7 Fostering the creative use of new technologies

Last update: 21 March 2024
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  1. New technologies in support of creativity and innovation
  2. Facilitating access to culture through new technologies

New technologies in support of creativity and innovation

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye) and the Turkish Technology Team Foundation collaborate to establish “Deneyap Technology Workshops” in youth centers with the aim of identifying talented young individuals who can contribute significantly to the country's development, providing them with necessary support for their development and enabling them to become more productive through teamwork, innovative thinking and project development-focused training programs. Within the project, young people in middle and high school receive training in 11 different areas, including entrepreneurship, creative thinking and teamwork from experts over a period of 3 years. In 2022, with the activation of workshops in 37 youth centers across 35 provinces, the number of Deneyap Türkiye Technology Workshops in all 81 provinces has reached to 104. As part of the "Deneyap Türkiye" project, 14,563 young people are receiving training in 104 Deneyap Technology Workshops in all 81 provinces following the completion of the last exam cycle.

Furthermore, new technologies are introduced to young people with the interactive whiteboards used in the Turkish courses delivered in 50 centers of the Yunus Emre Institute across the world, Z book application and remote Turkish teaching portal accessible from any part of the world.

Facilitating access to culture through new technologies

In order to promote the supply of products in formats other than printed books and to encourage research and development (R&D) as well as innovation efforts in publishing technology, a project called "My e-Book" was conducted in 2021. By the end of 2022, uploading efforts for a total of 2,371 e-books has been completed on the digital publishing platform "e-kitabım." These e-books are made available to citizens free of charge on this platform and readers can access from their mobile devices using the "e-kitabım" (my e-book) mobile application.

In the National Library, Digital Library Portal service is provided through which users can access digital images of numerous printed contents such as 27,464 manuscripts, newspapers and magazines from the late Ottoman and early Republic periods, paintings of renowned painters, movie posters and portraits. Thus, researchers can access our rich historical background to use in the cultural and scientific studies from any point with an Internet connection, regardless of time and place. In 2022, the number of downloads from the Digital Library was 1,773,256.

Digitization efforts are conducted for materials in the National Library collection as well as materials received from other public institutions through the use of scanners. In these efforts, digitization of periodicals, non-book materials, books and rare works based on requests from relevant units or institutions are conducted. The digitization work was carried out by existing staff members throughout 2022. Within this work, 330,421 digital images were produced in 2022.

In today’s world where information has gained new forms, new solutions are developed for presentation of information in parallel to the change in the sense of librarianship. In line with this approach, access to rare works and extensive periodical content in the National Library's digital collection is provided through tablets and laptops in a special room. Users can download digital content by scanning the catalog over intranet.

Besides, phonograph records in the collection were transferred to the electronic environment and made accessible online for the citizens. Music lovers can access the content of approximately 5 thousand phonograph records in the National Library’s collection.