Petition aims to digitize U.S. history

Submitted by LDieringer on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 4:06pm

From Nextgov:

The Center for American Progress think tank and the transparency group Public.Resource.Org want to turn the vast holdings of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Government Printing Office and other government agencies into the core of a national digital public library.

"We are not necessarily suggesting that the federal government immediately undertake an ambitious effort to scan [all government] holdings," CAP Chairman John Podesta and Public Resources President Carl Malamud wrote in an online petition titled "Yes we Scan" posted Wednesday.