Alexandria 2.0: The knowledge library

Why are things as they are?

 

Alexandria 2.0 is a project from likeminded people to create together the biggest and easiest searchable digital knowledge base from a library known today.

Knowledge is Power
---Francis Bacon - English Philosopher (1561-1626)---

Life is changing all around us in high speed. Most of us don't care and are laid back. But some of us just love reading, knowledge, learning and self-development. Those of us want to become the best version of themselves. We want access to the best information, and the right information at the right time, so we are well informed and can act adequate. For those who'll argue that Google Search find all, think again. Google is of course one of the best sources on the web, but it unfortunately not reveals the real secrets, those are still in books.

Our goal is to make the best and biggest searchable book database. Our library project will hook on existing tools and projects like the Calibre project. Calibre is this the best available open source library software, it works as well on a private computer online. Calibre is able to automatically download a lot of book information (book cover, title, author, publishing date, book description, reviews) from public sources as amazon.com and Google Books. The web-enabled database from Calibre is still not exactly what we are searching for the final version, we have to look or develop and improvement similar as done by Gary Hall

 

Can I join?

Maybe you are one of those people that love knowledge, reading, self-development etc. It can be that you have a broad general interest or just interest in specialized knowledge in one or more fields. We cover all fields of English non-fiction, this includes science, applied sciences, engineering, encyclopedia's, reference works, survival, hobbies, art, skills, manuals, law, forensics etc.etc.. We generally don't include works of fiction or other languages, there are of course exceptions, ancient books, foreign language learning, and fictions books with special value. 

Maybe you have yourself already collected a lot of information in the form of  txt, doc, pdf, epub, djvu, chm documents. As you have noticed it's nearly impossible to archive those documents correctly, maybe there are double or corrupt files between. Generally we can conclude that it's very quickly a mess, where you can't find quickly what you need. Our goal is to change that with working together and using smart methods.

By working together we can make very heavy work light, and we can enjoy all the result. The results will not be public available, only for those who seriously contribute to the project.

 

The library of Alexandria

Once upon a time, the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and was dedicated nine goddesses of the arts. The library had as many of 700,000 scrolls, the equivalent of more than 100,000 modern printed books. Unfortunately it was destroyed! Historical versions of how that happened vary. But nevertheless it's a huge loss of knowledge.

 

Alexandria 2.0

We will rebuild a gigantic library with modern technology. Our archive has already over 100.000 books and 10.000 audiobooks all non-fiction. An audiobook includes all spoken recordings (excluding music), such as spoken books, lectures, and interviews.

If you have interest, just write me an email. Together we have the power, and together we'll create the power. 

 

Knowledge is Power

James Madison (1751-1836) said: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives". The Power-knowledge concept is coined by Michel Foucault. Carl Sagan said: Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used. Kofi Annan said “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Heinz von Bergen said: "Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered."

The project will mainly contain non-fiction and educational books. As Mark Twain said: "Truth is more of a stranger than fiction". If somebody wants to create an equal project for fiction books, we can also work together.

 

Accessing the library

Other digital libraries 

Other online knowledge projects.