European Cultural Archive Goes Live

In a challenge to Google's vast digitization project, the EU has put Europe's rich cultural heritage of paintings, music, and more on the Web

The great paintings of Europe, the musical scores of the continent's finest composers and documents of profound historical importance – from the Magna Carta to Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring and Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" – are now digitally available, via the EU's vast Europeana project, to anyone in the world without ever having to visit the museum or library where the fragile original is held.

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