The National Library of Finland develops its operations in projects, the results of which will be channeled as a part of basic operations. In addition, the library participates in the development of its expertise and operating environment in externally funded projects.
There are several ongoing projects at the National Library of Finland, the most significant of which we present below in terms of their aims and outcomes.
Books of the Medieval Parish Church (BOMPAC) is an ERC Starting Grant projet led by Jaakko Tahkokallio and hosted by the National Library. It studies the book provision of parish churches in the medieval Kingdom of Sweden, using the book fragments of the National Library of Finland and the Royal Archives (Stockholm) as its principal sources. The project publishes articles and research data according to the principles of Open Science..
The aim of the project Digital Open memory is to enhance the availability and usability of digital information resources. The project produces a report on how to create a library lab, involving the users and developers of digital information resources. Based on the results, the specific project actions are then chosen. It also involves pilot users, which are studied intensively to gain understanding about the means and need on using information resources.
Work on the complete critical edition Jean Sibelius Works/Werke began in 1996. The project aims to publish Sibelius's oeuvre in its entirety, 60 volumes. The edition is based on a thorough study of all surviving sources. It is intended both for scholarly use and performance.
NewsEye, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is a research project advancing the state of the art and introducing new concepts, methods and tools for digital humanities by providing enhanced access to historical newspapers for a wide range of users. With the tools and methods created by NewsEye, crucial user groups will be able to investigate views and perspectives on historical events and development and, as a consequence, the project will change the way European digital heritage data is (re)searched, accessed, used and analysed. NewsEye will develop a seamlessly integrated armoury of tools and methods will be created that will improve users’ capability to access, analyse and use the content in the digital Libraries of historical newspapers.
Thanks to the Tutkain project, researchers will be able to use Finnish newspapers and magazines from 1930–2018 digitised by the National Library. Research use here refers to non-commercial scientific or artistic research, reports, theses or final projects completed by students, researchers and other members of teaching and research staff at Finnish higher education institutions participating in Tutkain.