The New Temple of Knowledge: Towards A Universal Digital Library

By José Luis González Quirós and Karim Gherab-Martin.

Published by Technology, Knowledge & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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The temple of knowledge is a millennium old building, in fact as old as history, which is rebuilt each day. It is formed by the thought, memory and imagination of people. It is a great collective work, starting from walls of rock, clay tablets, manuscripts and papers. It has been maintained by monasteries, universities, scientific societies peopled by all sorts of daring and tenacious individuals, authors, scholars, researchers and librarians. Until now, this temple has managed to survive savagery and horror in the refuge of our archives and libraries. From now on, this temple is going to be in the air, based on intangible ones and zeros. In a sense, these are not grounded - not anywhere. But they nevertheless incubate the greatest transformation in history: a revolution carried in silence, but long in consequences that will transform our habits of reading and writing, and ultimately our ways of knowing.

Keywords: Digital Library, Information Technology

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 1.146MB). Published by Technology, Knowledge & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

José Luis González Quirós

Tenured Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, Consejo Superior de Investigación Científica (CSIC, Madrid), Spain

Dr. Karim Gherab-Martin

Physicist and philosopher, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Karim Gherab (Spain, 1972) is a theoretical physicist and a philosopher of science and technology. His research interests focus on Science and Technology Studies, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Physics. He has taught history of science at Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. He is currently a visiting fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University. He is the author of El Templo del Saber: Hacia la Biblioteca Digital Universal. He is also editor of a forthcoming monograph in the periodical Arbor, entitled Science and Culture on the Web.

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