Coming Soon – Virtual Tour of Iraq National Museum

General Peter Pace, Chairman and CEO of Google Inc. Eric Schmidt;
Managing Director of Trident Capital Don Dixon and
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill tour
the Assyrian Hall of the Iraq National Museum
Photo from US Embassy Baghdad

The US Embassy in Baghdad late last month announced that the CEO and Chairman of Google Inc., Eric Schmidt, and members of the Iraq Technology Task Force visited Iraq and had a project to create a virtual tour of the Iraq National Museum using state of the art Google technology.

Here is part of the press release:

The project, the first of its kind at any museum, will digitize and electronically catalogue artifacts at the Iraq National Museum, allowing global access to the collection. It is part of an ongoing commitment by U.S. institutions to partner with Iraqis under the Strategic Framework Agreement to help support and showcase Iraq’s rich cultural heritage and history. Led by Jared Cohen of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, Schmidt and a delegation of tech industry leaders including managing director of Trident Capital Don Dixon, General Peter Pace, and Sophie Schmidt of Google, capped off three days of meetings with senior Iraqi officials by announcing the project at the museum’s premises. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill, Deputy Minister of Culture Jaber al-Jabri and leaders from Iraq’s cultural heritage community were also in attendance.

Read the whole press release: Google CEO and U.S. Tech Leaders Invest in Iraq’s Future (Nov. 25, 2009). Anything striking about this?

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