Digital Library Research Program

The digital library research program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications investigates all aspects of creating and disseminating digital collections including proposed and adopted standards, emerging technologies and formats, effects on previously established processes, and protection of original materials.

Our early experiments in document management and conversion resulted in a digital library system of historical materials from the 1960's and 1970's. The Regional Medical Programs collection consists of approximately 40,000 pages comprising some 1,500 documents. Though the work on this system predated recent research in digital libraries, we addressed many of the same issues that currently face digital library projects.

Working together with NLM's History of Medicine Division, we launched Profiles in Science in September 1998. The site uses innovative digital technology to make available the manuscript collections of prominent biomedical scientists of the 20th century. The collections have been donated to the NLM and contain published and unpublished materials, including books, journal volumes, pamphlets, diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes and other audiovisual materials.

Through its Extramural Programs Division, NLM co-sponsors the multi-agency Digital Library Initiative - Phase 2.


Digital Library Resources

Last reviewed: Thursday, 28-Jun-2007 14:34:26 EDT

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