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IU President McRobbie Announces Huge Media Digitization Initiative

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Earlier this week, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced a comprehensive $15 million Media Preservation and Digitization Initiative. The Indiana University collections of video, recorded music and other media will be preserved and made accessible through an extensive digitization process.

Mark Land, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, compliments the commitment to preserve the materials in digital format.

“Over the course of nearly 200 years of history, IU has accumulated a vast amount of material,” Land says, “Things that have scholarly or research importance. All of this material that has historical value will be preserved for future generations by digitizing them.”

According to Land, the proposed work is of a larger scale than that being done by any other universities. The plan is not only to preserve the material but also make it available to help support university research and education

“The plan is not only to digitize it but make it accessible for others and make it public,” Land says, “We have a history of being a leader in big data initiatives, from an IT perspective. We hope to have enough expertise to help other universities do the same thing.”

Land says the plans for the digitization have already been established. Many people throughout the university will help to decide what will be preserved, and the university information technology group will lead the digitization process.
The initiative will be funded with $15 million over the next five years. The money will come in equal parts of the president’s office, the Office of Research Administration, and IU Bloomington’s Provost office.

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