California Digital LibraryLead institution: California Digital Library at the University of California.
Partners: New York University; University of North Texas, The Libraries; and the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge.
Collaborators: San Diego Supercomputer Center; Stanford
University Computer Science Department and Sun Microsystems, Inc.; New
York University's Tamiment Library; Stanford University Library's
Social Sciences Resource Center; Arizona State Library and Archive; and
the UC libraries, including the UCLA Online Campaign Literature Archive
and UC Berkeley's Institute for Government Studies Library and
Institute of Industrial Relations Library.
Subject: The award is for a project to develop Web archiving
tools that will be used by libraries to capture, curate and preserve
collections of Web-based government and political information. This
literature is a critical element of our nation's heritage and is
increasingly found exclusively online, putting it at greater risk of
being lost. The collections will focus on local political activities
and movements, such as the California gubernatorial recall election of
2003. The issue of digital preservation has become more important in
recent years, especially for government information. More than 65
percent of all government publications are now posted directly online
without a print counterpart. With the half-life of government Web pages
at four months, much of this information is at risk of being
permanently lost. The grant will support development of infrastructure
and tools that libraries and other organizations will need to build
collections of selected Web-based materials.