World Digital Library To Launch

world-digital-library-hue-0011Libraries and archives from around the world have come together in a project to share their collections of rare books, maps, films, manuscripts and recordings online for free. Almost four years in the making, the World Digital Library will launch on April 21, functioning in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish – and including content in additional languages. A prototype of what will be on offer includes The Huexotzinco Codex, from 1531 (pictured), documenting in pictographic language part of the testimony in a legal case against representatives of the colonial government in Mexico, ten years after the Spanish conquest in 1521.

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