A new project is underway with the stated goal to “make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.” The project has the backing of some "heavy hitters," including David S. Ferriero, the archivist of the United States.
In an article in the New York Times, Miguel Helft describes the formation of a noncommercial public digital library. The project is in its infancy. It has no formal structure other than a steering committee. It has formed six working groups to study the project’s scope, financing, governance, legal hurdles, technical issues and audience.
“Everyone who is at the table has a different idea of audience, scope, content and governance,” said David S. Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, who backs the project and attended the October meeting. “All those issues need to be worked through.”
You can read more in the New York Times at http://goo.gl/Qg9Rt.
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