10/4/2006

Google launches literacy project

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:52 am

Google Inc. unveiled on Wednesday a Web site dedicated to literacy, pulling together its books, video, mapping and blogging services to help teachers and educational organizations share reading resources.

The site was launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest gathering of publishing executives, in conjunction with the United Nations and a literacy campaign organized by fair officials.

While the service seeks to combine a rich set of resources to combat global illiteracy, it also helps bolster the educational credentials at a company with a market value of around $120 billion.

“Google’s business was born out of a desire to help people find information,” said Nikesh Arora, vice president of Google’s European operations.

“We hope this site will serve as a bridge to even greater communication and access to important information about literacy problems — and solutions,” he added.

The project, at google.com/literacy and google.de/literacy, also serves as a fresh way for Google to expand and differentiate its fledgling video service, which is playing catch-up against popular sites such as YouTube.

Source: Reuters

 

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