ICUDL 2007 is the third in a series of International Conferences on the Universal Digital Library. The theme of this year’s conference, “Legal, policy, technical, commercial and human factor challenges to a globally owned universal digital library” continues the work of the themes and decisions of the previous ICUDLs.

The conference will add to the foundational knowledge of the Universal Digital Library (UDL) that will be a portal to foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Million Book Project (MBP) is considered a first milestone towards building this digital library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books in various languages belonging to diversified cultures and civilizations available to people worldwide over the Internet. The annual workshop for the MBP will thus be held in conjunction with the conference.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for library and IT professionals to exchange comprehensive views on the recent development and progress in digital library technology, to promote international cooperation in related fields, to advocate universal access to information, and to enhance the global impact of the Universal Digital Library Project (Million Book Project).

Recognizing the ICUDL 2007 mission, eminent researchers, scientists and decision makers from all over the world will meet in Pittsburgh during the period November 2 - 4, 2007.  Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, one of the first in the nation, will provide a vibrant intellectual
environment for the meeting.  Carnegie Mellon will share with all its honorable guests from all over the world in the shaping of the present and future in digital libraries.