Friday, August 1, 2008

ERIC Microfiche Digitization Project

The following is taken verbatim from the ERIC website:

ERIC is undertaking an initiative to obtain permission from copyright holders to convert, archive, post, and disseminate an electronic copy of full-text microfiche documents indexed from 1966-1992. The digitization project includes about 340,000 documents currently available only in microfiche format due to the specific language of the permission forms and the technology available at the time of indexing. This initiative will continue until March 2009.

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), the ERIC contractor for the U.S. Department of Education, is working with the National Archive Publishing Company (NAPC)* to complete this task. Digitization will proceed in reverse chronological order, i.e., documents released on microfiche in 1992 will be converted first. NAPC will develop the file of copyright permissions received from contributors. ERIC will make available online only those ERIC documents for which permission is received. The entire digitized collection will reside in DVD format at the National Library of Education (NLE) of the U.S. Department of Education.

If you have contributed a document that is currently available only in microfiche, and would like to grant ERIC the right to disseminate your document(s), please complete the contact form below. NAPC will contact you about the document(s) you submitted and request approval (see sample authorization agreement) for each document. If you know someone who contributed a document in the timeframe 1966-1992, please pass the word. ERIC appreciates your interest in, and support of, this initiative to more broadly disseminate the historical materials in the ERIC Collection.

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