Library Of Congress Googles $3 Million Dollars

    November 22, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The World Digital Library project has received an infusion of cash from the search engine company to digitize rare documents from Asia and the Middle East.

With the American Memory project as a model, Librarian of Congress James Billington wants to develop the World Digital Library along its lines, the AP reported.

Billington sees large portions of the project devoted to documents from China and India, and from Islam as well. “Much of this will be one-of-a-kind material that you won’t be able to find anywhere else,” Billington told AP.

“Getting the material out there (online) is really important. We have already preserved a lot of material that might have perished in other hands.”

To help the project, Google has donated $3 million to get it started. “This is a philanthropic initiative for us,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in the report. “It’s all about making more information available to more people.”

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