World Digital Library
The Library of Congress and UNESCO have agreed to build the World Digital Library together:
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.
The web site has two videos — one which provides a high-level overview of the project and another that shows the prototype, highlighting the different types of objects and the current functionality of the site.
At this point, the site draws objects from seven partners:
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- Library of Congress
- National Library of Brazil
- National Library and Archives of Egypt
- National Library of Russia
- Russian State Library
They are looking for additional partners, specifically from the library, archives, and museum areas. Specifically, they will be working with partners to:
- Identify collections for inclusion in the project
- Survey existing projects and capacities
- Develop plans and proposals to build capacity