Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

U.S. Library of Congress and United Nations to Build World Digital Library

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

U.S. Library of Congress and United Nations to Build World Digital Library

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PARIS

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the U.S. Library of Congress have joined forces to build a World Digital Library. Approved in late October in Paris, the library initiative will digitize rare and unique materials from libraries and other cultural institutions around the world and make them available free of charge on the Internet. These materials include manuscripts, books, maps, sound recordings, musical scores, prints, films and photos.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Library of Congress and UNESCO will convene groups of experts and other stakeholders to develop guidelines and technical specifications for the project, attracting partners, and gaining support from private and public sources.

The World Digital Library initiative was undertaken to promote international and inter-cultural understanding, boost the quality and diversity of cultural content on the Internet, and contribute to education and scholarship. Individuals and institutions in more than 40 countries have already participated in working groups and meetings to plan the World Digital Library. …

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