A globe-spanning digital library was launched today in Paris. Visitors to the site will be given access to some of the rarest and most protected cultural texts in existence. Items can be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and institution. The site currently has over 1,200 documents (photographs, movies, charts, texts) and explanations are available in seven different languages. This was the dreamchild of James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress who launched the project four years ago. Check it out. It's pretty amazing.