Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Europeana, The EU's Virtual Museum

"Europeana, the European “virtual museum” offers from now on free access to more than two million books, paintings, videos and other digital documents from the cultural centers all over Europe. The European Commission's goal for Europeana is to make European information resources easier to use in an online environment."

In a perfect world, seeing those paintings or reading those books in person would be ideal. But the next best thing is to be able to call up those works of art easily on one's own computer, without the hassle of airline schedules, hotel problems, and the need for taking vacation time from work.

Although it has its problems, Europeana is the Gutenburg project of the arts. I'm looking forward to the improvements.