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NEW DIGITAL LIBRARY HAS SCHOLARLY OUTPUT
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 Past works, including articles and out-of-date MIT Press volumes,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