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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 13, March 27, 2005, Article 12

GOOGLE PROJECT PRODDING FRENCH TO ACTION

Google's massive indexing project is spurring other countries
to launch similar projects for books in their native language.
 >From a French publication:

"The California based Internet search engine, Google, has
announced its plans to begin scanning entire books into its
database. Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford
University, the University of Michigan and the New York
Public Library are partnering with Google in this incredible
expedition, which will result in millions of books being s
canned in the next few years.

What does this mean for the French? It means that the French
Revolution will be told by American writers in English books.
Jean-Noel Jeanneney, the head of France's National library
has expressed such concerns. As the EU has made an effort to
give the world more than the voice of the U.S., they will fight
to have their stories told in their own languages and from the
point of views of their writers. France's search engines are
likely to follow in Google's footsteps."

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Another article from The Financial Times:
"Jean-NoŽl Jeanneney is horrified when he imagines how our
children might come to see the world: Will future generations
think no great books have been written in a language other
than English? And even worse: Will they see history only
through American eyes?

The president of the French national library has made himself
the frontman in what he sees a struggle to save cultural diversity.
In the postmodern world, the battleground is the internet. Here,
search engines determine what tomorrow's generations will
click on, learn and think."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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