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Lead institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Partners: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Tufts University Perseus Project, Michigan State University Library, and an alliance of state library agencies from Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Subject: This project will develop scalable software tools to facilitate selection and preservation of digital materials. In addition, it will configure and test digital repository architectures to evaluate functionality with regard to content, user and uses, interoperability, implementation of standards, and technical requirements. This undertaking will work with sound and video recordings, historical aerial photography, Web-based government publications from the partner states, and primary and secondary historical materials made available by the Perseus Project. The project also provides an opportunity for information professionals with traditional library backgrounds and those with digital library expertise to work together to address these challenges. Illinois also will explore ways for libraries and repositories to share and preserve digital information existing in a wide variety of formats including Web-based government publications, historical documents and photos, sound and video recordings, Web sites and other varied digital resources that will be of historical interest to future generations.