The Internet Archive has just released a short video, Libraries Going Open, about the goals and progress of the Open Content Alliance (OCA).
The Open Content Alliance "represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organzations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content." The project focuses on public domain works that can be made freely available online.
The University of California Libraries are a major contributor to the OCA efforts. As of today, the UC Libraries have contributed 106,132 items to the Text Archive – including many classic texts in mathematics. Books can be read in PDF or Flip Book (example), among other formats.
Contributed books include:
- A course of pure mathematics (1921)
- Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world (1898)
- Newton's Principia: the mathematical principles of natural philosophy (1846)
- The principles of chemistry (1897)
- A short course on differential equations (1907)
- A treatise on electricity and magnetism (1873)