Digital Information Technology
Universal Access to Knowledge
The goal of the Universal Access to Knowledge program is to facilitate the openness and accessibility of all knowledge in the digital age for the widest public benefit under reasonable financial terms and conditions.
Current grantmaking focuses on identifying and crafting solutions to the economic, legal, and institutional barriers to universal access to knowledge and on supporting efforts of the Digital Public Library of America, of which Sloan is the lead funder, to become the leading repository for the nation's--and ultimately the world's--scientific and cultural heritage in all its forms. Since 2008, major support has also gone to Wikipedia, now the largest encyclopedia in human history and the fifth largest website in the world, and a model of open, collaborative text production.
Past grants include: the Library of Congress for the first ever project in mass digitization; the Internet Archive, with its huge scanning and storage capacity; the Boston Library Consortium; Lyrasis; The Medical Heritage Library; the Espresso Book Machine; Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society; and the Berkeley Law Center.