The Library of Congress, UNESCO and 32 partner institutions on April 21 will launch the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world.
The site will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, and prints and photographs – available unrestricted to the public and free of charge. The browseable, searchable site will function in seven languages and offer content in dozens of languages.
For a sneak peek at what's coming head to the web site at http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/project/english/ and watch the video.
Of special interest is the ability to select text from a book and have it translated right there on the web site. It looks like there will also be a focus on international materials, mobile technology, timelines tools, and even computerized voice technology.