Digital Library Research
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From here, you can follow pointers to some of the major cooperative projects, funding and coordinating agencies, and associated activities in digital library research. Many of the research centers maintain lists of projects and project descriptions as well as small collections of technical papers, typically authored by staff.

  • Coordinating and funding bodies
  • USA federally funded cooperative projects
  • Centers for research on digital libraries in the U.S.A.
  • Programs and projects outside the U.S.A.
  • Joint NSF/JISC International Digital Library Projects
  • Meetings, conferences, and workshops
  • For collections of technical papers and a selection of individual items, see:

  • Technical Reports and Papers

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    Coordinating and funding bodies

  • Coalition for Networked Information
    A joint project of the Association of Research Libraries, CAUSE, and EDUCOM to promote information resources in networked environments.

  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
    Formed through the merger of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Council on Library Resources with the mission to identify and and find collaborative solutions to issues that affect libraries, archives, and their constituencies.

  • European Commission
  • Science, Research, and Development: The 4th Framework Programme
  • General Information

  • European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics
    A consortium of leading research establishments in Europe that encourages collaborative work among researchers and with industry.

  • The Internet Engineering Task Force
    The protocol engineering and development arm of the Internet

  • National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communications
    Supports the Committee on Computing, Information, and Communications (CCIC), which reports to the National Science and Technology Council. R & D member agencies: DARPA, NSF, DOE, NASA, NIH, NSA, NIST, VA, ED, NOAA, EPA, AHCPR

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    Supports learning in the humanities within funding for various research and education activities, including preservation.

  • Digital Library Federation
    A consortium of 26 of the nation's largest research libraries and archives that have agreed to cooperate on defining what must be done to assemble digitized materials for broad public access and to United States heritage and cultures.

  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission
    Grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) whose mission includes "the identification, preservation, and dissemination of essential historical documentation."

  • World Wide Web Consortium
    Develop common standards for the evolution of the World Wide Web.
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    USA federally funded cooperative projects

    The Digital Libraries Iniative Phase 2. The Digital Libraries Initiative - Phase 2 is an interagency program sponsored by the:

    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • Library of Congress (LOC)
    • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    In partnership with:

    • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
    • Smithsonian Institution (SI)
    • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

    Projects funded to date under DLI2 include the ones listed below. Please see the National Science Foundation web site at  < > and follow the links provided there to see project summaries and descriptions. As more projects are funded, they will be added to the list below:

  • High-Performance Digital Library Classification Systems: From Information Retrieval to Knowledge ManagementUniversity of Arizona, <>.
  • Re-inventing Scholarly Information Dissemination and Use University of California, Berkeley, < >
  • A Multimedia Digital Library of Folk Literature University of California, Davis, < >
  • Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype University of California, Santa Barbara, <>
  • Informedia II: Auto-Summarization and Visualization Over Multiple Video Documents and Libraries Carnegie Mellon University, <>
  • Simplifying Interactive Layout and Video Editing and Reuse Carnegie Mellon University, <>
  • Digital Library for Human Movement

  • A Patient Care Digital Library: Personalized Serarch and Summarization over Multimedia Information Columbia University, <>
  • Project Prism at Cornell University: Information Integrity in Digital Libraries Cornell University, <>
  • Digital Analysis and Recognition of Whale Images on a Network (DARWIN) Eckard College, <>
  • An Operational Social Science Digital Data Library Harvard University, <>
  • A Distributed Information Filtering System for Digital Libraries Indiana University Indianapolis/Bloomington, <>
  • Digital Workflow Management: The Lester S. Levy Digitized Collection of Sheet Music, Phase Two Johns Hopkins University, <>
  • The Digital Atheneum: New Techniques for Restoring, Searching, and Editing Humanities Collections University of Kentucky, <>
  • Founding a National Gallery of the Spoken Word Michigan State University, <>
  • Tracking Footprints through an Information Space: Leveraging the Document Selections of Expert Problem Solvers Oregon Health Sciences University, <>
  • Data Provenance University of Pennsylvania, <>
  • A Software and Data Library for Experiments, Simulations, and Archiving University of South Carolina, <>
  • Stanford Interlib Technologies Stanford University, <>
  • Image Filtering for Secure Distribution of Medical Information Stanford University, <>
  • A Digital Library of Vertebrate Morphology, Using High-Resolution X-ray CT University of Texas at Austin, <>
  • A Digital Library for the Humanities Tufts University, <>
  • Automatic Reference Librarians for the World Wide Web University of Washington, <>
  • Undergraduate Emphasis

  • Using the National Engineering Education Delivery System as the Foundation for Building a Test-Bed Digital Library for Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education University of California, Berkeley, <>
  • Columbia Earthscape: A Model for a Sustainable Online Educational Resource in Earth Sciences Columbia University, <>
  • Research on a Digital Library for Graphics and Visualization Education Georgia State University, <>
  • Digital Libraries for Children: Computational Tools that Support Children as Researchers University of Maryland, <>
  • A Digital Library of Reusable Science and Math Resources for Undergraduate Education University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
  • Planning Grant for the Use of Digital Libraries in Undergraduate Learning in Science Old Dominion University, <>
  • The JOMA Applet Project: Applet Support for the Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum Swarthmore College, <>
  • Virtual Skeletons in Three Dimensions: The Digital Library as a Platform for Studying Anatomical Form and Function University of Texas at Austin, <>
  • The NSF/DARPA/NASA Digital Library Initiative (DLI). In the Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 1, there were six federally funded projects in digital library research, with partnerships led by universities. The individual projects are listed below.

  • University of California, Berkeley: An Electronic Environmental Library Project.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara: The Alexandria Project: Towards a Distributed Digital Library with Comprehensive Services for Images and Spatially Referenced Information.

  • Carnegie Mellon University: Informedia: Integrated Speech, Image and Language Understanding for Creation and Exploration of Digital Video Libraries.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Building the Interspace: Digital Library Infrastructure for a University Engineering Community.

  • University of Michigan: The University of Michigan Digital Library Project. (A DLI project.)

  • Stanford University: Stanford University Digital Libraries Project.
  • The Computer Science Technical Reports Project (CSTR). A collaboration involving CNRI, five universities, and the Library of Congress.

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    Centers for research on digital libraries in the U.S.A.

  • Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval

  • Center for the Study of Digital Libraries

  • Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities

  • Center for Research on Information Access

  • The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia

  • The Information Infrastructure Project

  • Rutgers Center for Information Management, Connectivity, and Integration
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    Programs and projects outside the U.S.A.

  • Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries (CIDL): An alliance of Canadian libraries interested in improving communication and coordination in the development of Canadian digital library resources.

  • eLib: Electronic Libraries Program (UK): A broad program of projects addressing a wide range of digital library issues.

  • DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries: An initiative funded by the 5th Framework Programme of the European Commission whose objective is to provide an open context in which an international agenda for research activities in the digital library domain can be developed and continuously updated.

  • Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC): A joint venture by the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program and participating organizations to develop the technological infrastructure for global distributed systems.

  • New Zealand Digital Library: An interactive system with collections of computer science technical reports and literary materials. The site includes pointers to the relevant project descriptions, technology, and related information.

  • Digital Library Network (DLNet): This page describes digital library work at the University of Library and Information Science, Tsukuba Science City, Japan, in English. From here, follow links to discussions of related workshops and the Multilingual-HTML Browser Project.
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    Joint NSF/JISC International Digital Library Projects

    In late 1998, the National Science Foundation in the United States and the UK Joint Information Systems Committee issued matching calls for proposals for multi-country, multi-team projects that would involve at least one research team in the US and at least one in another country to address research challenges of digital libraries that had international scope. Below are a list of six projects that have been funded so far. Please see the D-Lib Magazine article "The Joint NSF/JISC International Digital Libraries Initiative"  < > for more information about the joint program.

  • Cross-Domain Resource Discovery: Integrated Discovery and use of Textual, Numeric and Spatial Data, University of California, Berkeley / University of Liverpool

  • HARMONY: Metadata for resource discovery of multimedia digital objects, Cornell University / ILRT / DSTC

  • Integrating and Navigating ePrint Archives through Citation-Linking, Cornell University / Southampton University / Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Online Music Recognition and Searching (OMRAS), University of Massachusetts / King's College, London

  • Emulation options for digital preservation: technology emulation as a method for long-term access and preservation of digital resources, University of Michigan / CURL

  • The IMesh Toolkit: An architecture and toolkit for distributed subject gateways, University of Wisconsin-Madison / UKOLN / ILRT
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    Last revised: April 29, 2002