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Thursday Morning Plenary Session
November 4, 2010, 9:00 am
Ever since Google entered the picture with its controversial mass-digitization project, a number of new projects have sprung up, seemingly competing with one another in terms of their scope and ambition. Meanwhile, there is a place for starting with smaller projects, as these are easier to plan, easier to implement--and easier to discard, in whole or in part, if they don't turn out as once was hoped. With this in mind, there appears to be an opportunity to develop an economically sustainable suite of resources, based
at least initially on primary materials, which would open up the special collections of any single institution to all members of the consortium. The basic principle of this program is that access to these materials is made available only to other consortium members, thereby requiring all members to take on the responsibility of curation for one part of the overall collection.