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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 17, April 26, 2009, Article 26

ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS PLACED ONLINE

It's non-numismatic, but here's an interesting new online literature collection. -Editor
A website offering free access to rare manuscripts, books, films and maps from around the world is being launched by the UN's cultural agency.

Unesco says the World Digital Library will help to promote curiosity and understanding across cultures.

Among the artefacts are a 1,000-year-old Japanese novel and the earliest known map to mention America by name.

The project hopes to expand access to "non-Western" items - though the largest number of items digitised so far are from Europe.

The material is drawn from about 30 libraries and archives across the world, and will be made available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

To read the complete article, see: UN puts global treasures online (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8009974.stm)

To visit the World Digital Library, see: www.wdl.org/en/



Wayne Homren, Editor

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