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World Digital Library Project

Nov - 22 - 2005
Nicole C. Engard

It looks like the Library of Congress is jumping on the digitization bandwagon. Even more interesting, Google has donated $3 million in funding for the project.

Google Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin said, “Google supports the World Digital Library because we share a common mission of making the world's information universally accessible and useful. To create a global digital library is a historic opportunity, and we support the Library of Congress in this effort.”

Read the entire press release.

SEW wrote about this project this morning:

Over the past year, Google has digitized about 5,000 public domain books from the Library of Congress, material that may ultimately end up in Google Book Search, though it's not currently listed there yet. Google will continue scanning public domain books from the Library of Congress Law Library. Google said it's too early to tell if any of the scanning work it has already done will end up in the WDL.

This whole thing is very exciting. I love seeing more and more resources made available and searchable online and I agree with Danny & Gary over at SEW when they suggest that all of the digitization projects be combined to create one collection … but we all know that will never happen.


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