NSF, Library of Congress award E-records grants.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Library of Congress have made 11 awards totaling $2.5 million through their newly established Digital Archiving and Long-term Preservation program (DIGARCH) to help preserve the nation's intellectual, social, and cultural history, much of which is now in digital format.

This research will contribute to the library's 2000 congressional initiative, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). NDIIPP is a national, collaborative effort led by the Library of Congress to continue to fulfill its mission to "sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations in the digital age.

Lawrence Brandt, program manager for the NSF's computer and information science and engineering directorate, said, "Digital preservation at present is of central importance for scientific data, such as expensive observations under water or in...

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