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a great and unknown library with the history of (almost) the whole world

27 mayo, 2021

The World Digital Library it is nothing new. Its history dates back more than two decades, when in 2009 the United States Library of Congress and UNESCO came together to conceive it as the great universal library in which to find in multiple languages ​​and for free important foundational materials from cultures on virtually the entire planet.

At the present time, the World Digital Library accumulates about 20,000 articles on 193 countries between 8,000 a. C. and the year 2000.

About 20,000 articles on 193 countries between 8,000 a. C. and the year 2000 make up the World Digital Library

A huge background whose objective is to promote international and intercultural understanding; expand the quantity and variety of cultural content on the internet; provide resources to educators, scholars, and the general public; and allow partner institutions to reduce the digital distance within and between countries. In short, to unite the world a little more and build bridges.

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Much more than a digital library

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Far from being limited to documents and texts, this vast library is an inexhaustible source of wisdom. In it we find books, manuscripts and periodicals of all kinds, yes, but also sound recordings, films, photographs, images and even interactive maps on a good number of topics.

Books, manuscripts, periodicals, sound recordings, films, photographs, images, interactive maps … knowledge in multiple formats and languages

The best way to start discovering all that the World Digital Library has to offer is by using the search engine or going to the menu and clicking on To explore. In the drop-down we can choose to start browsing through the funds based on places, periods, topics, types of article or institution. Because although those responsible for the library are the Library of Congress of the United States and UNESCO, more than one hundred and a half libraries and other types of institutions from all over the world collaborate with them.

Since this project quality over quantityIt is not surprising that the pages of every article, text, book, manuscript, photograph, or map contain a wealth of information with metadata, descriptions, details, and related content. All this information has been prepared by experts in the field with the aim of providing context and discovering the funds in a close way.

Of course, much of this material can be downloaded.