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Digital Library Brings Environmental Information to the Web

posted September 23, 1998

UC has made it easier for people to gather facts about fires, floods, earthquakes and other important environmental events and issues by digitizing selected materials from its academic libraries and putting them on the World Wide Web.

The project was funded by a $198,000 federal grant to the California State Library. It is one of the first in UC's effort to build the California Digital Library.

Launched last October, the California Digital Library will eventually blend major portions of the electronic and print holdings of UC's 29 million-volume collection to make it available by desktop or laptop computer.

The environmental project marks the first collaborative effort with the state library to build the Library of California, a digital library that could eventually link all of the state's public, private and academic libraries, as well as many of its museums and think tanks, into one of the world's largest electronic information-sharing networks.



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