How many bricks to build a World Digital Library?

The Washington Post showcases an amazingly visionary project, the World Digital Library, which plans to digitize the accumulated wisdom of humankind, catalogue it, and offer it for free on the Internet in seven languages:

The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.

They don’t come more visionary than this one…

[via Jon]

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3 responses to “How many bricks to build a World Digital Library?

  1. He is, but not in this case: Borges’s library is often credited with prefiguring hypertext but is really a metaphor for the (in)finity of God. The WDL is effectively a library of Babel that has been validated by experts, with all the ‘babel’ expunged.

  2. Independent contractors and small business owners currently hold the dubious distinction of being the largest contributors to the tax gap and are more highly scrutinized by the IRS. The current Administration has resolved to reduce the “tax gap” and intends to hire 1,700 new IRS agents to work in IRS Collection and Audit division.

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