Library of Congress

Library of Congress signs deal for digital content services

The Library of Congress has signed an agreement with the Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a firm specializing in digitizing content, to meet copyright and other requirements associated with depositing and registering electronic publications at the LOC and the U.S. Copyright Office. 

The five-year agreement is part of the LOC’s efforts to meet the growing public demand for e-publications, according to an announcement by DCL. The firm says it has the ability to, “capture content from virtually any medium and reformat it to meet these emergent needs.”

The Copyright Office wants to set up a small number of standard formats, for itself and other institutions to preserve, “expand and maintain its collections as more and more journals are being published solely digital formats,” DCL said.  

Since 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office has started to issue mandatory deposit requirements for files and metadata associated with electronic periodicals that are published online only and are to be added to the Library of Congress collection.

DCL says it has met all of the Library’s specs in carrying the publishing mandates out, including having expertise with the PubMed Central Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) specification for institutional repositories. 

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Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.

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