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Old 08-21-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Post Europeana - A great pan-european e-Library



Europeana will launch in November 2008, bringing us digitized books, films, paintings, newspapers, sounds and archives from Europe’s greatest collections.
Will it be a new Quaero or is it for real?

Let's hope for the best, wait and see.



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Europeana – the European digital library, museum and archive – is a 2-year project that began in July 2007. It will produce a prototype website giving users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers. The prototype will be launched in November 2008 by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:00 PM   #2
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And what is "Quaero" - (other than a Latin verb, obviously!)?
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Looks like it could be a fascinating site, thanks for the link.

I could imagine using it as a reference when reading foreign classics - but once you've entered to look up one item, you could end up spending all day there.
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And what is "Quaero" - (other than a Latin verb, obviously!)?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaero

"Quaero (Latin: I seek) is a European research and development program which has the goal of developing multimedia and multilingual indexing and management tools for professional and general public applications (such as search engines)[1]. The European Commission approved the aid granted by France on 11 March 2008...

The above exerpt doesn't really provide sufficient explanation, so if you're really curious, I'd click on the link.

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And what is "Quaero" - (other than a Latin verb, obviously!)?
It ought to have been a Multimedia-Multilanguage Knowledge retrieval engine.

But when it's been seen as a competitor to giant Internet corporations, it's been taken down by politicians, under the cloak of french nationalism (some called it a "french search engine"), german disagreement about technology and generic fund shortage.

Sad story.

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Interesting site, pity some of the links to the libraries either don't work or are very slow at loading up.

Wonder where the likes of PG will sit with this? Duplication of effort is not necessarily a wise thing...
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