One Step Closer to a National Digital Library

Jennifer Howard, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Oct 08, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The idea of a centralized 'digital public library' has surfaced once again, this time as a proposal from "a group of 42 top-level representatives from foundations, cultural institutions, and the library and scholarly worlds" - in other words, the people who come up with this idea on a regular basis. They envision it as "an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources" drawn from the country's libraries, archives, museums, and universities." And what I wonder is, why do you need this? What can't the country's libraries, archives, museums, and universities make their collections open, and allow people to curate their own versions of a digital public library?
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