Thursday, November 20, 2008

Massive EU online library looks to compete with Google November 19, 2008.

The European Union is launching the Europeana digital library, an online digest of Europe's cultural heritage, consisting of millions of digital objects, including books, film, photographs, paintings, sound files, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and documents.

The prototype will contain about two million digital items already in the public domain. By 2010, the date when Europeana is due to be fully operational, the aim is to have 10 million works available of the estimated 2.5 billion books in Europe's more common libraries. The project plans to be available in 21 languages, though English, French and German will be most prevalent early on.

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