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Key partner institution: Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

Dublin, Ohio

OCLC, a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization, is dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials. During the years 2000-2002, OCLC successfully collaborated with 4 US state libraries, an academic library, and the US Government Printing Office in the development of a first-generation digital archive. OCLC has led in the development of standards and tools that support the creation of digital libraries and the preservation of digital content. With RLG, OCLC is currently a co-sponsor of PREMIS, the Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies Working Group.

OCLC key project activities in Phase 1 of ECHO DEPository

  • Develop tools suite for selecting and preserving Web and non-Web content based on selection rationale (lead)

  • Develop and evaluate selection rationale models in collaboration with other partners

  • Participate in development of criteria for testing and evaluation of repository systems