"Today, that virtual library, called Europeana, is just
beginning to bring together the culture, history and scientific
resources of Europe in one place online for the use of students,
researchers and residents around the world.
"Sjoerd Siebinga, a senior developer for Europeana in The Hague,
The Netherlands, said that using open source applications has made
it easier for the many nations, museums and other institutions to
share their content while dealing with unique technical
difficulties, including multiple spoken languages and cultural
"The project is being spearheaded by the European Commission,
which helps enact laws and run the operations for the 27 member
nations of the European Union.
"“Part of the reason to use open source was driven by the
European Commission” directly, Siebinga said. “The data
needs to be available on the local level, so it was mandated that
what they build can be shared with even a small library in
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