National Web Library Do-able, Affordable, Visionary

Michael Geist, Feb 17, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist sent me a note today to let me know that his columns in the Toronto Star - sadly sitting behind a registration barrier - are also available without registration on his website. Among the items now open to view was this article, calling on the government "to greatly expand the National Library of Canada's digital efforts by becoming the first country in the world to create a comprehensive national digital library. The library, which would be fully accessible online, would contain a digitally scanned copy of every book, government report, and legal decision ever published in Canada." Let me add my own support for such an initiative; the cost would be a small fraction of what we have already invested in these documents, and democracy demands that they be accessible to all people in the nation - and the world.
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