Digital Information Technology
Universal Access to Knowledge
Grants in this program support the digitization of scientific and cultural knowledge and aim to preserve the openness and accessibility of all such knowledge for the widest public benefit. Major grants have gone to the Internet Archive, with its huge scanning and storage capacity; the Open Content Alliance, a consortium of over 100 universities, libraries, and scientific and cultural organizations committed to placing all their scanned materials into a common open digital repository; and Wikipedia, the largest encyclopedia in history, the fifth largest website in the world, and a model of collaborative open source knowledge on the Web. Current grantmaking focuses on identifying and eroding the economic, legal, and institutional barriers to universal access to knowledge and on supporting efforts of the Digital Public Library of America.