Text topic: E-Libraries
Text author: Џон Ван Оуденарен
The author outlines the development of the World Digital Library, from the idea of its establishment, through the design and first steps, presentation of the first prototype in 2007, to its public launch in April 2009. The author also presents a short list of important digital documents of the WDL, as well as the basic functionalities of this web site. The second part focuses on the usage, feedback and participation, with special emphasis placed on building the capacity of digitization in the developing countries. The paper concludes with a list of priorities, a description of the challenges in the future and next steps.