Filipiniana.net is a full-featured digital library and research portal. It was conceptualized by Gaspar A. Vibal and Jaime Marco, on December 6, 2005 on the occasion of the first Tribuna España-Filipinas held at Madrid. Filipiniana.net was the first project of Vibal Foundation, as part of its free knowledge sharing initiative. On December 23, the two were joined by young Spanish historian Carlos Madrid, then based in Manila. Together the three would lay the groundwork for the launch of a modern digital Philippine library.
Filipiniana.net went online in September 2006 with a modest collection of books and documents in English, Spanish and Filipino. Today, it has of one of the widest and most comprehensive collection of hard-to-find Filipiniana books and documents categorized under history, geography, culture, government, and society. In addition, its growing collection also includes non-textual materials such as photographs, maps, paintings, and illustrations. Some of its flagship projects are: Virtual Philippine Revolutionary Records, 100 Nobelang Tagalog, Virtual Blair and Robertson, and the Master Union Bibliography of the Philippines, 100 Pinoy Komik Serials, Premio Zobel.org, and Archivo General de Filipinas.
- In October 26, 2006, Filipiniana.net was previewed before the participants in the 27th National Conference on Local and National History, sponsored by the Philippine National Historical Society at the Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City.
- In October 27, 2006, Filipiniana.net was presented to the delegates attending the participants of a lecture/workshop conducted by the Philippine Foundation for Library Scholarship at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Pasig.
- In November 2006, Filipiniana.net was soft-launched before delegates to the 19th Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA) at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila.
- In December 2006, Filipiniana.net exhibited the first editions of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo and premiered a film featuring the imaginary dialogue of Wenceslao Retana and Jose Rizal to recreate the Spain and the Philippines of a hundred years ago at the 2nd Tribuna España-Filipinas held in Hyatt Casino and Hotel, Manila.
- In January 2007, Filipiniana.net launched the book "Fabian de la Rosa and His Times," the first in its art book series, in cooperation with the UP Vargas Museum. A documentary of the same title also premiered on the same night.
- In February 2007, Filipiniana.net establishes Wikipiniana.org, now renamed Wikipilipinas.org, its popular knowledge portal.
- In April 25-27, 2007, Filipiniana.net was presented at the PAARL Summer Conference in Labrador, Pangasinan.
- In June 2007 Filipiniana.net premiered the film "81 Years of Premio Zobel," at the Casino Español Cebu, together with Amigos de España, Ambassador Delfin Colome and Doña Georgina Padilla Zobel de Ayala, benefactress of Premio Zobel.
- On July 19, 2007 it launched Master Union Bibliography of the Philippines, featuring the unionized bibliographic annotations of the country's most noted bibliographers, Wenceslao E. Retana, Trinidad Pardo De Tavera, and James A. Robertson, together with the document summaries of the Filipiniana.net editorial staff and book information supplied by the leading Philippine publishers.
- The Filipiniana.net website was formally launched to the Philippine public, together with Wikipiniana.org on August 30, 2007 during the Manila International Book Fair
- On November 17, 2007, Filipiniana.net launched its micro website "Top 100 Pinoy Komiks" on the occasion of the 3rd Filipino Komiks Convention.
Features of the DigiLib
Filipiniana.net is different from most digital libraries because it offers many researcher-friendly features.
Today's typical electronic library offers one or both of the following: (1) an electronic card catalog that offers a listing of available books and where they can be found, and (2)an electronic book repository that provides users access to an electronically-scanned version of a printed book or material.
A digital library, on the other hand, provides access to more information about the book such as an electronic table of contents linked to the actual sections or chapters of the book, much like web pages.
Filipiniana.net gives the user access to an entire book. The book is fully indexed so any word or phrase can be recalled, simulating the index found in the back of every book. Each and every page of every book or document in the collection has been meticulously edited and indexed using keywords in English, Spanish or Filipino languages.