Library maps the future of digital content

The Library of Congress is looking for ideas on building a national digital information infrastructure.

The library last month called for proposals for up to six contracts worth from $500,000 to $3 million each, to identify at-risk digital media and determine by next February the best ways to collect and preserve it.

'One digital area that's particularly at risk is Web sites, which change so rapidly or disappear completely,' said Guy Lamolinara of the library's Strategic Initiatives Office.

Among the project's goals are to find the best ways to capture and preserve the content and the effort that would be required to produce metadata, and to test methods of collecting Web content and receiving content directly from publishers or other providers.

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