David Berry has drawn my attention to the World Digital Library produced by UNESCO. The aims are provided:
The principal objectives of the WDL are to:
- Promote international and intercultural understanding;
- Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet;
- Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences;
- Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.
The BBC also has coverage (“UN puts global treasures online“, April 21, 2009).
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.