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  • Marc
    Nov 21 12:30 AM
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      Hi guys,

      It seems like we are on the right track :-)

      Associated Press; Boston, Massachusetts
      [Typed from November edition of Jakarta Post]

      The Masshachusetts Insitute of Technology is adding to its online
      offerings an electronic library for the already vast and mounting catalogue
      of scholary materials born in digital form.

      The digital library, called DSpace, initially will be managed by a
      federation of eight universities, including MIT. It will be available on
      the World Wide Web and enable data to be stored not just in text but in
      video and other formats.

      The system runs on "open source" software that was developed in
      conjunction with Hewlett Packard Co. That means other institutions can use
      or adapt the program royalty-free to create digital libraries of their own
      that could easily be linked to the DSpace consortium.

      "The average lifespan of a digital document is only a few years," said
      Ann Wolpert, director of MIT's libraries. "So the goal here is to create
      the capability, the persistence in works that are born digitally."

      Over the next few months, the seven other universities will come
      online, officials said. They include England's Cambridge as well as
      Columbia, Cornell, Ohio State, and the universities of Rochester, Toronto
      and Washington state.

      After an initial testing period of about a year, it is hoped the number
      of universities involved would expand.

      MIT is also working to make the system interconnect with the University
      of California's eScholarship program, a digital library launched in July
      2000 that holds more than 1,200 titles, including books and articles.

      The system was built to be almost indefinitely expandable, Wolpert said.

      DSpace - the "D" stands for durable, digital, documents -- has taken
      about four years to develop, Wolpert said. It was launched with a US$ 1.8
      million grant from HP. MIT expects to spend about $250,000 annually to
      maintain and operate the archive.

      HP saw the development of the system as a way to explore digital media
      systems, said Robin Gallimore, director of HP's labs in Europe.

      The library won't be limited to material that has never made it to
      paper. Past works, including articles and out-of-date MIT Press volumes,
      will also be included.

      Last year, MIT announced that it planned to offer nearly all its course
      materials on the Internet for free. That $100 million project aims to put
      all MIT course material -- notes, outlines, reading lists and assignments
      -- on the Web within 10 years.

      On the Net: DSpace: www.dspace.org