Libri online: no a Google, si all’Open Content Alliance

23Oct07

Books OnlineNella corsa alla global knowledge-sharing via web, sembra crescere il sostegno a sistemi aperti e condivisi anziché a quelli proprietari e commerciali. Dopo le polemiche che da tempo accompagnano il noto progetto Google Books, o analoghe iniziative di Microsoft, le maggiori biblioteche e istituzioni Usa sembrano ora preferire l’Open Content Alliance. Questo il succo di un articolo odierno sul New York Times in cui si legge fra l’altro:
«Many prominent libraries have accepted Google’s offer — including the New York Public Library and libraries at the University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford and Oxford. Google expects to scan 15 million books from those collections over the next decade.
But the resistance from some libraries, like the Boston Public Library and the Smithsonian Institution, suggests that many in the academic and nonprofit world are intent on pursuing a vision of the Web as a global repository of knowledge that is free of business interests or restrictions.»
Punto cruciale sono i rischi annessi all’affidarsi a una singola corporation per gestire queste enormi raccolte digitali, dalle restrizioni d’accesso allo sfruttamento commerciale. Spiega Brewster Kahle, già ideatore del potente Internet Archive e motore dell’Open Content Alliance, “Scanning the great libraries is a wonderful idea, but if only one corporation controls access to this digital collection, we’ll have handed too much control to a private entity». E non è che abbia torto, anzi.



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