Friday, March 15, 2002

1911 Britannica online

This is one of those random ideas I had ages ago and never thought to tell anyone - digitize the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica (safely in the public domain) and put it online. Fortunately, through the wonders of simultaneous discovery, someone has actually done it. Score one for procrastination. This seems to undermines Doc's point about ideas in secrecy being useless, but not really, as who knows what other random ideas of mine won't be implemented by someone else before I get round to it?
I almost feel another weblog coming on... Random Ideas for the taking...

Anyway, what would really improve this fine resource would be for Google to spider it and index it, which it won't do unless we link to it a lot. So, entries du jour Luddites and Phrenology

Of course, what they really need now is an army of volunteers to go through and correct the OCR glitches, particularly in the Greek and Latin. If only they'd used Google's catalogue engine...

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