Library of Congress and Google partner in World Digital Library

I first read this on Boing Boing moments ago; my colleague Robin Dale first read it first though, in the (printed) Palo Alto news, and found it online at MacWorld.

I’ll be interested to see if this is a partnership that will result in “open” material, as in the Open Content Alliance.

Gary Price’s comments made me think I should include this excellent summary of the World Digital Library. I just assume everyone is a slave to Resource Shelf like I am.

Robin calls out as noteworthy the last sentence in the MacWorld article, that Google and LOC recently finished a project to scan 5,000 books in the public domain. Just a small project, dipping toes in the water. I’m thinking we need to add a category for “big ass digitization efforts…” I’m thinking way back the early 1990s, where digitizing 130,000 30,000 images seemed like a pretty big deal. [updated 11/22/2005, sheesh I went and looked at the project I was referring to, the California Heritage Project, and it was only 30,000 images.]

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve written two stories on today’s announcement.

    First, Google is just the first of what the Library of Congress hopes are many partners. Google just got the ball rolling with the first influx of cash.

    Second, Google is continuing to scan materials from the Law Library of Congress.

    Third, the idea for the WDL was first presented in a speech by James Billington at a UNESCO meeting in June. We have a transcript of that speech available.

    So, you can find a few more comments and a link to a SearchDay story I wrote here:
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/2005/11/world-digital-library-project.html

    Btw, in this haul of new pro reading (a regular feature on ResourceShelf) an interesting article about social bookmarking in the workplace.

    Btw, a full text feed of ResourceShelf is available at:
    http://www.resourceshelf.com/resourceshelf.xml

  2. Gary, thanks for providing this information to HangingTogether readers. Very helpful! I’ll still be interested to see if any of the content is open for other uses. Doesn’t sound like it so far.

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