A new industry alliance revealed today hopes to make print and other material available online.
The Internet Archive, Yahoo!, Adobe, the European Archive, HP Labs, the National Archives (UK), O'Reilly Media, Prelinger Archives, the University of California, and the University of Toronto, today announced the formation of the Open Content Alliance (OCA).
The OCA is a global consortium focused on providing open access to content while respecting the rights of copyright holders. It will provide a wide range of material, including cultural, historical and technological digitized print and multimedia content from libraries, archives and publishers. Content will be hosted in a single, permanent repository, and complete works will be searchable and downloadable for free by anyone.
Governed by its contributors, the OCA is designed to be a growing association that agrees to a set of openness principles. Initial content will be provided to the OCA by its founding members.
The founders will also make technical and occassional financial contributions to enable content to be contributed, placed online and accessed by anyone.
"Bringing the treasures of our libraries and archives to a worldwide readership is in the interest of many organizations," said Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive.
"The Internet Archive, along with the other founding members of the OCA, invite interested organizations to join the effort and help fulfil this digital dream."
Yahoo! will power the search engine on the OCA website and all OCA content will be made available through Yahoo! Search.
In order to respect the rights of copyright holders, content under copyright will be made available through the OCA only with the copyright holders' authorization.
The OCA will be funded by its contributors and will also accept donations.