Feeds

EU fires 12 million pages at Google Books

At last, the 1953 Report on the Activities of the Community - in French

High performance access to file storage

The European Union has delivered a killer blow to Google's Book scanning powergrab by dumping two million pages of historic Euro documents onto the web.

Brussels has long been irked by Google's effort to scan the world's stock of the printer word, egged on sceptics like Angela Merkel. And the French.

It has thrown its backing behind efforts to do similar, but based on European technology and with a European twist on privacy and IP protection.

But it is undoubtedly the prospect of intellectuals worldwide plugging into 12 million pages of historic Eurobureauspeak, in 110,000 publications, that lay the foundations of the Euro culture Atlantic Wall against the Google Tide.

More recent documents, on the likes of as the ins and outs of the bolus-based tagging system for sheep or the Brussels edict on not eating your own horse, are already served up online.

But as the EU's release says, "The Publications Office's archives have long represented a veritable treasure trove of European history."

Wannabe Eurocrats will be able to thrill to "Publications such as the address delivered by Mr Jean Monnet, President of the High Authority before the Common Assembly at the first session of September 1952 or the General Report on the activities of the Community in French from 1953".

New publications will be added everyday, which in the words of Leonard Orban, Commissioner for multilingualism, means: “The digital library frees the memory of the European Union tied to paper since its beginning."

Of course, this will all be available in the 23 official languages of the Union. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.