Free to All
Some have detected a revolutionary message behind the choice of today as the date to launch the Digital Public Library of America—a project to make the holdings of libraries, archives, and museums freely available in digital form to all Americans. They’re right.
Notes that the founding fathers knew the value of free education for the masses in the United States. The initial launch was from the Boston Public Library, with "Free to All" chiseled above its front door, being the first great public library in the U.S.
The Boston Marathon bombings were directly across from the library, and the launching of the DPLA comemorates the courage and the tragedy. The launch is a true revolution, technological, but more importantly, knowledge and information.
As opposed to the ancient technologies that Revere had on his ride, we have data today that can move at the speed of light, distributing information faster than one stride of Revere's horse.
Above all, the DPLA is a physical demonstration of our longstanding belief that all have the right to research, discover, and learn from the information collected in the nation's libraries, archives, and museums. This information is free.
The founding fathers put faith in the power of language: spoken and written. We, however, have the Internet and have been faced with capitalist forces that would erect pay fences around the information if they could. The nation has resisted that push and maintained unlimited free access to all: "democratization rather than commercialization."
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Source is Chronical.com (Chronical of Higher Education)
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Before you go, what are your thoughts on this amazing accomplishment? What does it mean for the world?