Yesterday on NPR radio, I heard a brief story about a relatively new UNESCO project:
World Digital Library Project www.wdl.org.
The directors of this project are partnering with WORLD governmental institutions (example: U.S. Library of Congress / National Archives) to "make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research."
http://www.wdl.org/en/ is an easy to use website, with a world map showing all current digitized documents available ....
What an incredible project! The World Digital Library is digitizing to preserve rare cultural primary resources documents spanning thousands of years of history from cultures around the world!!!