VALA2000 Session 10 McKnight

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Creating an Electronic Research Archive – Turning a Good Idea into a Reality

Friday 18 February 2000, 11:55 – 12:30

Sue McKnight

University Librarian and Senior Associate assisting the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deakin University

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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The development of digital archiving technology has opened up many possibilities for enriching the research environment, by making available on the WWW resources that were previously available to only those who could physically access known collections or documents. This paper outlines the political, legal and technological hurdles that have to be overcome to make a virtual research archive a reality. In describing the development of the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, which will be a physical and virtual research archive, the complex issues of gaining support for major projects, developing the business plan and identifying what will be included in the library and related projects, copyright issues, and identifying and developing strategic partnerships with owners of physical items and similar research archives will be explored. Descriptions of the major projects, for which the Library is seeking funds, are included.