Birth Of the Open Content Alliance, The “Un-Google” Project


A Man’s Visition: World Library Online
isn’t about the US Library Of
Congress & Google-backed
World
Digital Library program
announced today but rather the Yahoo &
Microsoft-backed
Open Content Alliance
. It covers the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle’s
dream to create a "kindler, gentler" digital library that might not irk
publishers in the way Google Library has.

One attendee of the launch party for the OCA talks about how it was "the
un-Google meeting." Funny, but not. The OCA should try (and apparently is
trying) to get Google on board, and attitudes of attendees like that aren’t
going to help. For its part, Google should strongly consider joining the OCA.

Everyone would benefit from more cooperation, rather than probably
duplication of efforts and incompatible standards. The story has Google saying
they are in talks with the OCA but that there is nothing to announce. Given that
Google’s backing the WDL now, I have a feeling we’re just going to see more
rivalry.

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World
Digital Library Project
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