ONE web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty goal. But it's achievable, according to the people who run www.openlibrary.org. The online catalogue is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive and is funded by a grant from the California State Library.
"This is an open project--the software is open source and the data and documentation is free," said a spokesperson of Internet Archive. Twenty million books have been catalogued so far, and 10 million more are on the way.
The site runs on participation.Everyone can participate, from a librarian who wants to add records of digitized books to the local catalogue, to bibliophiles wanting to make sure their favourites are well represented, to data freaks looking for information.
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