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[InetBib] European Digital Library und Google
- Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 13:16:50 +0100
- From: delin@xxxxxx (Delin, Peter)
- Subject: [InetBib] European Digital Library und Google
zur allgemeinen Information aus AMIA-L nach International Herald Tribune
[AMIA-L] European libraries and film archives talking with Google
International Herald Tribune
European libraries face problems in digitalizing
By Doreen Carvajal
Sunday, October 28, 2007
PARIS: In the early stages of its planning, the European Digital Library
held the promise of a counterstrike to Google domination of digital
archives through the search engine's vast book search project and
powerful alliances with American universities.
But as the European project prepares for its debut early next year, the
80 museums, film institutes and national libraries involved are facing
the reality of limited government funding for the enormous task of
digitizing material, and they are now developing a new realism about
striking a variety of alliances with private companies, including
national deals with Google.
"The basic problem is that there isn't enough money to digitize
everything we want to," said Stephen Bury, head of European and American
collections at the British national library, which is digitizing 100,000
out-of-print books from the 19th century with its partner, Microsoft.
"We're aware that there are some downsides to it because the commercial
companies are obviously in it either for shareholder profit or doing it
to get a public feel-good factor. We're aware and we're not going to be
The European Commission has contributed about ¤60 million, or $85
million, to develop a digital library system that can be shared by a
wide number of national libraries and cultural institutions. But it is
not financing basic digitization, which the commission estimated would
cost ¤250 million over four years. Some major libraries are still
pressing for more public financing, but European officials are clearly
encouraging private alliances.
Claudia Dillmann, the director of the German Film Institute, which is a
member of the European Digital Library project, said that her
organization was already talking to Google and pondering new ways of
charging fees for copyrighted material, like allowing low-resolution
viewing of some films and then charging for better-quality resolution.
"If it's useful, I would always be in favor of that," she said. "Each
partner in the project has to decide for itself. Of course, we are
talking about them helping with digitization, although we haven't
decided to do so. But I would never think about not talking with Google."
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