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Apache Lucene Helps Online European Library Open Its Virtual Doors

Jul 13, 2009, 22:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

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"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 differences.

"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 Bulgaria..."

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