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Friday, March 03, 2006

Europe's digital library taking shape | CNET News.com

Europe's digital library taking shape | CNET News.com

It looks like much of Europe's "collective memory" will be available online around 2008-2010 through the European Commission's Digital Library initiative, which will allow users to search library, archive, and museum collections through a single portal (with multilingual support). It makes me wonder if we - in America - are trailing behind in the support of such a unified initiative. Maybe this will spur our community further, as it appear Google's project has spurred the EC. Now, here's the question that I have, however, (given that Google's project has been slowed due to copyright/legalistic hurdles) how is the EC dealing with DRM? Is their initiative solely an index project, or does it incorporate actual, fully digitized works?

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