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Library of Congress Joins Internet2

The Library of Congress (LC; has become a member of Internet2 ( and will connect to Internet2's high-performance Abilene Network. Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education. According to the announcement, t he LC plans to collaborate with the Internet2 community and leverage its advanced network infrastructure to facilitate wide-scale digital preservation projects, to enhance the development of an Internet-based database of U.S. newspapers, and to assist with its educational outreach programs.

The Library of Congress will begin using Internet2's networks for two significant preservation programs that require the use of advanced, high-bandwidth networking. The first project, called the National Digital Newspaper Program, seeks to create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all states and U.S. territories that were published between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress and be accessible via the Web. The LC also plans to work with Internet2 to facilitate its National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program ( The LC, with its partners, is working to collect historically significant "born-digital" content before it is altered or lost.

The Library of Congress will also use Internet2's network to enhance its educational outreach program. With 34 state education networks connected to its high-performance network, more than 27,000 K-20 institutions now have access to Internet2's network.

Source: Internet2

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