The Internet Juggernaut, pursuing its quest to make all the world’s information universally available, has gone to the national museum in Baghdad, which was notoriously looted following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. CEO Eric Schmidt made the trek to announce that Google has photographed thousands of the just-reopened museum’s treasures. —PZS
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“The history of the beginning of — literally — civilization is made right here and is preserved here in this museum,” Schmidt said at a ceremony attended by Iraqi officials.
“I can think of no better use of our time and our resources than to make the images and ideas from your civilization, from the very beginnings of time, available to billions of people worldwide,” he said.
Schmidt said Google has taken some 14,000 photographs of the museum and its artifacts, and the images will be available online in early 2010.