The summit last week on digital libraries for the disabled was quite exciting. It was fascinating to meet with major players from the different libraries around the world and talk about how to build the global digital library. We are working together to refine our outcomes, but it was gratifying to see how in tune we all were with the general objectives. To a great extent, the motivations are similar to what created our project: a desire to share limited resources and reduce the massive duplication of effort that goes on in making the same books accessible in different places to different people.

Microsoft made considerable efforts to support the summit and these objectives. Their press release shows their appreciation of some of the issues we're facing: Gates Stresses Value of Digital Technology in Making Information More Accessible to People with Vision or Print Disabilities.


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