Google launches Online Cultural institute

Google on Wednesday launched its online “Cultural Institute”, a digital visual archive of 20th century events and personalities, created in cooperation with 17 museums and institutes from across the globe.The archives focus on legends like Anne Frank, the young Jewish-Dutch Holocaust victim whose famous diary chronicled her plight; South African freedom icon Nelson Mandela etc.

The institute is really a virtual extravaganza with Six million archive photographs, documents, texts and films provided by museums including the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, Israel’s Yad Vashem World Centre for Holocaust Research or the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.With an initial collection of 42 online themes, the archive is set to expand significantly in the coming years.Google’s virtual Cultural Institute comes on the heels of the Google Art Project allowing Internet users to explore fine art from around the world with thousands of artworks photographed in extremely high resolution.

“We want to bring all of the cutting-edge technologies that we have the services, the products, mapping to the cultural sector,” Google’s Mark Yoshitaka told journalists at the Wednesday launch.

So why wait? skim through the golden history pages at

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