The BBC today announced the launch in its beta version of a new initiative whose objective is to digitize all existing paintings and paintings in the United Kingdom, so that they are just one click away from anyone who wants to enjoy this huge online gallery. According to the Anglo site The Next Web, it is a project that puts this great collection in the hands of the public and the experts, since due to its geographical distribution there is possibly not a single person who can boast of having seen it in its entirety. The official BBC statement states: The United Kingdom has tens of thousands of paintings in museums and public institutions that are not usually exposed to the public, either because they are stored in cellars or in closed facilities and, the vast majority of they have never been published online. To carry out this project successfully, the BBC has partnered with the Public Catalog Foundation, in addition to hundreds of galleys and private collectors across the country. This large collection of art will be available on the Your Paintings site, a special content area integrated into the BBC corporate portal and will be available to all audiences without any restrictions. The public’s collaboration is also expected, tagging the contents of each painting thanks to the Tagger section, a tagger arranged for this purpose and in which anyone can participate. To date, more than 60,000 paintings have been digitized, covering around 800 collections and more than 15,000 authors that can be viewed on the Internet portal. The overall goal of the project is to increase the virtual collection to a total of 200,000 pieces by the end of 2012.