The digital library--an eagerly anticipated but as yet ill- defined and largely unrealized concept--took an important step toward actualization this past fall with the launching of a new collaborative federal research effort, according to government officials, project investigators, and librarians.

Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Funding: $4.8 million
Research Focus: Digital video library incorporating math and science materials

Major Partners:
Bell Atlantic Network Services
Digital Equipment Corp.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Microsoft Corp.
Open University, Milton Keynes, England
QED Communications
Winchester Thurston School

Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Funding: $4 million
Research Focus: Environmental information, automated indexing, and intelligent search and retrieval

Major Partners:
California State Library
Hewlett-Packard Co.
The Plumas Corp.
Resources Agency of California
San Diego Association of Governments
Shasta County Office of Education
Sonoma County Library
Xerox Corp.

Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Funding: $4 million
Research Focus: Geographic information, spatially indexed, including maps, images, and pictorial...

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