Adobe, the European Archive, HP Labs, the Internet Archive, the National Archives (UK), O’Reilly Media, the Prelinger Archives, the University of California, the University of Toronto and Yahoo! announce the Open Content Alliance:
The Open Content Alliance (OCA) represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. Content in the OCA archive will be accessible soon through this website and through Yahoo!
The OCA will encourage the greatest possible degree of access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the content owners and contributors.
The OCA archive will contain globally sourced digital collections, including multimedia content, representing the creative output of humankind.
Google may have been attempting to digitize the world’s written content, but Yahoo! seems to have taken the lead here. Hat tip: John Battelle’s Searchblog