Friday, February 24, 2006

ibiblio

Jeyavel, a doctor in Bangalore, India has a dynamic website of his own but today he sent me a fascinating web address to wander through. The collection can be found here. Click on any link of interest and a whole world unfolds. Try this anthropology and then A Box In My Mind - Deciphering the Enigma of Peru.

What is ibiblio?
ibibliois the public's library and digital archive It is home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet. It is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
It's Not Your Average Library
The evolving Internet has created new opportunities to share knowledge. Imagine being able to walk into your local library and view, on demand, and without charge, not only every imaginable written text, but also music and poetry archives, African American authors, American history, sports statistics, philosophy of religion, Italian literature, large text database projects, software archives, and more.
Then imagine, in addition to being able to view the collection, you have the opportunity to critique it, expand it, or to create and manage a new collection in your own area of interest. While such a feat is physically and fiscally beyond the scope of even the largest and most extraordinary physical library, ibiblio.org achieves just such breadth and depth on the Internet ...


Thanks Jeyavel!

2 comments:

Harish N Jeyavel said...

Honestly, I felt like a seven year old opening a Pandora's box!
Internet is not making the world smaller, it making it richer, diverse and more interesting. I plan to learn Chinese and Spanish from its resources.

woman wandering said...

I loved it, and was stunned by the richness of the resources!!