World Digital Library launches with 1,200 documents

The World Digital Library, Unesco's project to "promote curiosity and understanding across cultures," has launched its website with 1,200 documents ranging from a" 1,000-year-old Japanese novel to the earliest known map to mention America by name."

One tenth of the first 1,200 items to be included are from Africa, while many of the rest are drawn from 30 libraries, mostly in Europe. The next phase of the project plans to "expand access to 'non-Western' items."