Library and Archives Canada

Various authors, Dec 16, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I won't link to the article in a certain Canadian newspaper because of its registration requirements, but via the blogosphere comes a good point: while people are gushing with praise over Google's deal to scan and digitize archival materials from some major universities, some other organizations have been doing this for some time - in particular, "Library and Archives Canada, which combines the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada, has been especially active, scanning millions of pages of documents a year. It has now put all of the publications, including pamphlets and books, printed in Canada in the 18th and 19th century on-line for the public to access, said Ian Wilson, librarian and archivist of Canada." This may reassure those who seem to think all the world's knowledge resides in these libraries.
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