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Assembling the World's Biggest Library on Your Desktop

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1784-1786
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1784

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The elements of a "universal library," an amalgamation of all recorded human knowledge searchable from your personal computer, are now under development. The gateway to the library would be a simple interface concealing multiple search tools that convert requests for information into formats and languages that can query thousands of individual digital libraries housing text, two- and three-dimensional images, music, maps, and other types of data.