28 April 2007

A vision for digital libraries

Most of us have probably heard about Google’s Digitization project. Here is another from Internet Archive. The Internet Archive aims to provide permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images and software as well as archived web pages.

The Director of Internet Archive, Brewster Kahle has a vision for digital libraries. In a Chronicle of Higher Education podcast interview titled How digital book collections will change acadame he discusses this vision and the differences between the Internet Archives project and Google’s project, as well as the challenges of copyright in the area of digitisation.

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