Tuesday, April 23, 2013


The world lost one of the greatest cultural collections in human history with the destruction of the original Alexandria Library in Egypt between 1600 and 2100 years ago; more recently we've lost archival and related materials to war and other disasters. But thanks to representative human resilience, the internet and longterm thinking among wise people, there is culturally-assisted hope for the holistic us.

One of the great ongoing library-achives "collections" being virtually assembled is Europeana. It's got a range of projects in process, with focused topics like fashion and stories and films of the Great War of 1914-1918. Excellent progress, considering that 99 years ago, Europe was on the verge of that very same Great War, with ugly sequels to follow. Europeana is a model of good will. There's no reason other than lack of determination and imagination that all world cultures past and present, or as much as can be gathered about them, couldn't be shared with the entire world, in the near future. Cheers to that! 

Here's a link to the main European portal: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

Here's a link to the 1914-1918 exhibition: http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en

For those who try it out, please report back if you have the inclination and time so to do. Thanks!

Today's Rune: Gateway.

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