Google to digitize rare documents from around the world

Google to digitize rare documents from around the world

Search engine giants Google has pledged to give around USD 3 billion to the U.S. Library of Congress. They are going to help setup a system in place for creating digital copies of rare documents from around the world. This is just the latest step being taken by the search engine giant to expand the scope of their Google Book Search initiative earlier called Google Print.

With this announcement, Google becomes the first tech company to back the “World Digital Library”, a concept that began to take shape about five months ago. The program is loosely based on a similar plan called Library of Congress’ American Memory project, which was launched some 11 years ago.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that this investment required little decision making as it goes on to help them achieve their goals of making the entire information available in the world available for search on the internet. Brin said during a Monday interview: “This is a philanthropic initiative for us. It’s all about making more information available to more people.”

They are however going to benefit from this initiative in the longer run as they would earn from the ads running on the search engine result pages enabling the people to search for this content on the internet.

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