UGA Helps Launch Digital Public Library of America

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia is helping in a groundbreaking project aimed at making vast collections of libraries, archives and museums publicly available.

Georgia is among seven pilot sites participating in the Digital Public Library of America project, launched last summer by Harvard University. A prototype went live this week.

The project's goal is to create a virtual public library with local archives digital, searchable and free.

The Digital Library of Georgia is based at the University of Georgia Libraries and is part of Georgia's statewide virtual library, GALILEO. It already includes more than 1 million digital files.

Among the items to be included are the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's collection of more than 5 million images and a short film that may be the earliest moving images of baseball filmed in Georgia.

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