New digital archive at MIT
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Hewlett-Packard and the MIT Libraries. They announced a $1.8 million joint project to build a digital archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that could serve as a model for other universities.
The archive will be capable of holding the approximately 10,000 articles produced by MIT authors annually, including a large amount of multimedia content.In addition to establishing its own research team at the university, HP Labs will provide the university with $1.8 million for the two-year project to cover staff, equipment and space. The system is expected to be able to begin accepting submissions late next year.
\"Information technology is transforming higher education,\" said MIT Provost Robert A. Brown. \"This project will give MIT and other research universities the tools they need to capture the digital output of their institutions, just as they have with print.\"
\"The purpose of this project is to develop a scalable digital archive with storage, submission, retrieval, searching, access control, rights management and publishing capabilities,\" said Ann Wolpert, director of the MIT Libraries. \"As MIT\'s intellectual heritage makes its way into electronic form, the library must take responsibility for capturing those documents that will form the foundation of tomorrow\'s scholarship.\"
\"This digital archive will be designed in such a way that the underlying software, data models and methods can be shared freely with other academic institutions,\" said Dick Lampman, HP vice president of research and director of HP Labs. \"Eventually, the project could be adopted by other research universities worldwide.\"