I saw an intriguing story on the web regarding the British Library (the library of the
). They aim to digitize more then 100 000 books from the 19th century and publish them online. At full production they estimate 50 000 pages will be scanned per day. This means that a wealth of previously unavailable volumes will be made available to the public in due course. British Museum
This is a fantastic project because catastrophes are known to occur. Floods, fires, neglect and deterioration have ruined innumerable irreplaceable pieces of work. Once the works are digitized and become part of the ether that is the internet they will be immortal. Unless of course the internet experiences some sort of world wide collapse.
Imagine if we had had such power prior to the destruction of the
library. That was histories worst disaster in terms of the knowledge about the world and its history. All of which was lost. We will never know how much we lost and it is difficult to contemplate. This project is a small step toward preventing a similar disaster. Alexandria