British Library Helps Lock Down More Knowledge

It has been a sad spectacle to see the British Library – without doubt once the greatest library in the world, and hence a powerful force for disseminating knowledge as widely as possible – become more and more enmeshed in locking down research in proprietary formats.

Milestones on that march away from greatness included co-sponsorship [.pdf] of Microsoft’s pseudo-open OOXML, whose passage through the ISO pretty much destroyed the latter’s credibility, instead of supporting ODF; the use of Microsoft’s proprietary Silverlight in its “Turning the Pages 2.0” technology; and now this:

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