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About the Program
Funding Legislation for the NDIIPP

The Library of Congress has been empowered by the U. S. Congress to develop a national program to develop standards and a nationwide collaborative collection and long-term preservation strategy for digital materials.

In December 2000, the 106th Congress appropriated $100 million for this effort, which instructs the Library to spend an initial $25 million to develop and execute a congressionally approved strategic plan for a National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. (A government-wide rescission of .22 percent in late December 2000 reduces this special appropriation to $99.8 million.)

Congress specified that $5 million of the appropriation may be spent during the initial phase for planning as well as the acquisition and preservation of digital information that may otherwise vanish.

The legislation authorizes as much as $75 million of federal funding to be made available as this amount is matched by nonfederal donations, including in-kind contributions.

Public Funding
The Miscellaneous Appropriations Act of 2001, (Public Law 106-554), Dec. 21, 2000, appropriated $100,000,000 (subsequently reduced by a rescission of $220,000) to the Library of Congress to carry out the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

The statement of the managers from the conference report (House Report 106-1033) contained the following additional information:

"The agreement provides $100,000,000 to the Library of Congress to establish a national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. Of this amount, $25,000,000 is provided immediately and remains available until expended."

The law states "... that of the total amount appropriated, $5,000,000 may be expended before the approval of a plan to develop such a plan, and to collect or preserve essential digital information which otherwise would be uncollectible: Provided further, that the balance in excess of such $5,000,000 shall not be expended without approval in advance by the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate. ..."

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NDIIPP Makes Awards of $15 Million to 8 Institutions Press release

The National Strategy Advisory Board convened on June 28, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Presentations in Powerpoint, as well as a Webcast, are now available.

Digital Preservation Program Launches Research Grants Initiative
Library of Congress Partners with National Science Foundation. Click here to read more.

Library of Congress Announces Joint Digital Preservation Project With Four Universities
Library to Work with Old Dominion, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Harvard Universities. Click here to read more.

New Section in Digital Preservation Web Site
There's a new section on this Web site, called News & Events. Here you will find a newsletter, a list of relevant links and a calendar of events for upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops and symposia related to digital libraries.

Many documents on this site are prepared in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). A free reader can be downloaded from the Adobe site for viewing.