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British Library Helps Lock Down More Knowledge

Feb 11, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"It has been a sad spectacle to see the British Library – without doubt once the greatest library in the world, and hence a powerful force for disseminating knowledge as widely as possible - become more and more enmeshed in locking down research in proprietary formats.

"Milestones on that march away from greatness included co-sponsorship [.pdf] of Microsoft's pseudo-open OOXML, whose passage through the ISO pretty much destroyed the latter's credibility, instead of supporting ODF; the use of Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight in its “Turning the Pages 2.0” technology; and now this:"

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