Existing in the world today is a plethora of knowledge, discoveries, research, cultures, and ideas. Many of these things such as crucially important historical documents, original pieces of art, literary works, and research are stored in museums and libraries all over the world. They are preserved so that current generations and future posterity can learn from them and analyze them, and because they are preserved, the knowledge that they hold is not lost. When asking the question of who should store and preserve the world’s knowledge, the brief answer is everyone. Of course, important documents and artifacts should be kept in public institutions, like museums and libraries, but across the globe, cultures exist and are carried on because people like you and me live in them and make the effort to cling to and share ideas.
As for who should have access to the world’s knowledge, the brief answer again is everyone. While some important government secrets might be best kept as secrets, medical and scientific research, cultural trends, stories, languages, music, and other aspects should be open. With the ubiquity of the internet and internet access, more people have access to more information than ever before, so it is not too far of a reach to say that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn and obtain information.
Lastly, who should bear the cost of preserving and sharing the world’s knowledge? This is especially difficult to say, as many different entities (governments, institutions, companies, people) have different types of information and their willingness to share what they have often depends on what they can earn in return for sharing it. I would argue that people in power have the responsibility of ensuring that the public is well educated and that people have access to most all information around the world. This is easier said than done, but as everyone has something to offer in regard to what they know and have experienced, and as sharing information is so easy, continuing to preserve and distribute what we know should not be too difficult an endeavor in the future.