Digitisation and Sharing

The digitisation of images is an important new trend aimed at sharing cultural and historical material globally through internet technology. Leading libraries, museums and archives are digitising their collections, for online viewing, with varying degrees of accessibility for downloading and printing images.

To contribute to this process, the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque joined the World Digital Library (WDL) as an official Partner to ensure that Circus is included among the digital images of world treasures displayed on the site. The World Digital Library (WDL) was conceived by the United States Library of Congress as an Internet-based, easily-accessible collection of the world's cultural riches that would tell the stories and highlight the achievements of all countries and cultures to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Launched in April 2009, the WDL today features high quality, selected images reflecting the cultural heritage of UNESCO member states.

Collaborating with the Federation and also accepted as new WDL Partners are:

  • Bolshoi St. Petersburg State Circus, Museum of Circus Art, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Centro Educativo di Documentazione delle Arti Circensi, Verona, Italy
  • Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States 
  • Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, United States
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, United States

Circus content will be published on the WDL as it is submitted by the Circus Partners. Descriptions will be available in seven languages.