Project at a glance: National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program

GCN Awards Organization: Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives

Project: National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program

Challenge: Preserving millions of physical items in LOC collections and the terabytes of new data being produced so that they will be accessible in a digital future.

Solution: Cooperation with government, industry and academia to create specifications, standards and tools for handling and preserving digital data in a variety of formats.

Impact: Millions of items have been preserved digitally and made available online, and millions more digital files are being gathered and archived.

Cost: A special appropriation of $50 million funded the program from 2001 through 2007; it now has an annual budget of about $6.5 million.

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