US plans global library

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THE US Library of Congress is kicking off a campaign to work with other nation's libraries to build a World Digital Library, starting with a $US3 million ($4.1 million) donation from Google.

Librarian of Congress James Billington said he was looking to attract further private funding to develop bilingual projects, featuring millions of unique objects, with libraries from around the world.
The project builds on existing major digital projects by the Library of Congress, including one preserving an online record of Americana and another documenting ties between the United States and Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain.

"The World Digital Library is an attempt to go beyond Europe and the Americas...into cultures where the majority of the world is," Mr Billington said.

Mr Billington said the Library of Congress was in discussions with the national library of Egypt to include a collection of great Islamic scientific works from the 10th century through to the 16th Century in the World Digital Library.

"We are trying to do a documentary record of other great cultures of the world. How much we will be able to do will depend on how many additional partners we attract," he said.

The World Digital Library will focus on creating records of global cultures. The Library of Congress will contribute its own body of works to a blended collection with other countries. More than half of the printed volumes in the Library of Congress are in languages other than English.

"It will deal with the culture of those people rather than with our contacts as Americans with those cultures," Mr Billington said.

Google has agreed to work with the Library of Congress on developing standards for indexing the digital collections and by providing computer equipment.

The Library of Congress push adds momentum to a variety of competing projects by leading internet companies and some of the world's greatest libraries to make available online a range of historic literature, audio recordings and film archives.

The plans unveiled over the past year mark the most sustained drive yet to make good on the vision of internet pioneers to open the world's library collections to a global online audience. The dream suffered from a lack of funding and the distractions of the dot-com era's get-rich-quick schemes.

Among these are a major push by Google with five major academic libraries to digitise their book collections.

Meanwhile, the Open Content Alliance, backed by Yahoo, Microsoft, the non-profit Internet Archive and other major libraries, is looking to create an online clearing house for historic books, audio and films.

The Google Print project has been met with lawsuits by the New York-based Authors Guild and five US publishers, which are seeking to block Google's plan to create an online card catalogue of copyright works in the collections of its library partners.


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The very first project should be the digitizing of the entire run of the Little lulu comicbook series.
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Funny you said something like that missile, I'm reading a cartoon series, Asterix. I used to read it when I was a kid. Funny stuff!
I noticed there are new ones in that series out and more coming too. Besides,Peanuts is in the Smithsonian and Little lulu was the first series ever aimed at young girls.Ii'm an old comic book fan from way back and still have many cartons full of them.
"and still have many cartons full of them"

Could be worth something....
Maybe in a few more years they might be. I have tons of the black and whites..Eclipse,Eternity,Rip Off Press,Caliber and most of the Valiants and early Image titles[and a lot of Manga,too]
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Peanuts is another favorite of mine, mot to mention the Latin American Mafalda.

Asterix, Peanuts and Mafalda
My faves would be my Lt. Blueberrys,Sin Citys,Opus and Calvin & Hobbs collections.

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