A Content Cold War?

The Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a digital library effort that seems to have been set up to rival Google Print. According to the site:

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. The OCA was conceived by the Internet Archive and Yahoo! in early 2005 as a way to offer broad, public access to a rich panorama of world culture.

Who's a part of the OCA?

  • Adobe
  • European Archive
  • HP Labs
  • Internet Archive
  • National Archives (UK)
  • O'Reilly Media
  • Prelinger Archives
  • University of California
  • University of Toronto
  • Yahoo!

This appears to be a self-conscious effort that thumbs its virtual nose at Google. Not much more to say on my part. But others have plenty to say:

Search Engine Watch, NY Times, Battelle, SiliconBeat, Search Engine Journal, News

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