The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program is an effort funded by the US Library of Congress to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content for current and future generations. It is based on an understanding that digital stewardship on a national scale depends on active cooperation between communities in public and private sectors. The Library has built a preservation network of over 130 partners from across the nation to tackle the challenge, and is working with them on a wide spectrum of initiatives including collections of historical, scientific, cartographical, media, legislative and sociological materials.
Such digital content grows in value exponentially as it is integrated and interconnected. The Library is collaborating with Zepheira to develop a pilot platform (codename Recollection) to allow communities of interest to interconnect their information. The pilot platform will use semantic technologies to enhance discoverable access for NDIIPP collections, making them easier to find, access, and share, and especially to integrate with other digital information sources. The resulting platform will enable third-party applications developed by private or public organizations as well as interested individuals to support education, research, policy analysis and other completely unforeseen uses. Zepheira is developing the framework to identify, locate and reuse information in NDIIPP collections, and an open interface for third parties, to plug services and applications into that framework. Zepheira is a leading global provider of services applying Semantic technology and Web architecture to problems of information integration, especially to support collaboration and social computing.