The World Digital Library was officially inaugurated today at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It has started small, with about 1,200 documents and their explanations from scholars in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. But it is designed to accommodate an unlimited number of such texts, charts and illustrations from as many countries and libraries as want to contribute.
U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who launched the project four years ago, said the ambition was to make available on an easy-to-navigate site, free for scholars and other curious people anywhere, a collection of primary documents on all subjects and authoritative explanations from the planet's leading libraries. Full story >>
There are already plenty of interesting documents which are worth browsing. I came across this poster, produced by Westinghouse during World War II as part of the national campaign in the United States to enlist women in the workforce. Now we know where Barack Obama got the inspiration for his campaign slogan!