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“World Digital Library” of UNESCO inaugurated

I today got an e-mail from an Argentinean friend informing about a fantastic project of the UNESCO, the World Digital Library, which has been inaugurated in Paris on April 21st, 09.

It is an on-line library that will have as its content the knowledge of the cultural patrimony of all the countries added to the initiative. The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

The navigation and content descriptions are in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Many more languages are represented in the actual books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other primary materials, which are provided in their original languages.

The portal has been created with famous institutions from all over the world such as The Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Egypt, the Library of the Congress of the United States and the national libraries and some cultural and educational institutions of more than ten different countries. Have a look at the description on Wikipedia.

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The Ch’onha chido (Atlas of the world), the traditional Korean atlas produced in the early Ch’oson dynasty (1392-1910), derived from a map produced during the Chinese Ming Empire (1368-1644). From WDL.

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2 Responses to ““World Digital Library” of UNESCO inaugurated”

  1. marta c.jaramillo Says:

    gracias!
    este es un regalo maravilloso para la humanidad.
    yi

  2. Forex Signal Provider Says:

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the internet. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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