The Library of Congress and Columbia University are teaming up to create a a web-based clearinghouse with the purpose of providing information about preserving geospatial data. The Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program will fund the development of the clearinghouse which will be hosted at Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). A beta version of the clearinghouse is expected to be launched later this year. According the to press release, the idea was borne out a “meeting held at the Library with representatives of the geospatial stewardship community in November 2009.”
“The geospatial community has told us that a clearinghouse to communicate preservation best practices is essential for keeping these information resources available around the nation,” said Laura Campbell, associate librarian for Strategic Initiatives. “With its long history of working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, CIESIN is an ideal partner for us.”
“We are very pleased to work with the Library and the broader geospatial community to ensure that vital geospatial data and information will be accessible and usable for decades to come,” said Robert Chen, director of CIESIN. “These electronic resources are essential to research, education, and sustainable development and only grow more valuable over time.”
The primary goal of the clearinghouse will be to provide data stewardship advances, including new tools, methods and services that have potential for broad adoption within the geospatial community.
(via Got Geoint?)