The following article is from today's issue of a California Digital
Library (CDL) electronic newsletter---

  Jackie M. Dooley, Head of Special Collections and University Archives
UCI Libraries, P.O. Box 19557, Univ. of California, Irvine, CA 92623-9557
   Internet: [log in to unmask]  Phone: 949/824-4935  Fax: 949/824-2472
                 ** Please note our new area 949 code **

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CDLINFO-L LISTSERV          May 20, 1998            Vol. 1, No. 7


1.  Status of the Online Archive of California
2.  Progress in the Construction of the California Digital Library
3.  Access to Internet Resources and Electronic Journals --
STAT-USA/INTERNET and SIAM Journals Online Now Available via the Melvyl
4.  John Ober and Patrick Newell Now at the CDL
5.  Information about the CDLINFO-L Listserv


1.  Status of the Online Archive of California, by Brian Schottlaender

Work on what was formerly known as the UC-EAD (Encoded Archival
Description) Project, now known as the Online Archive of California (OAC)
Project, began in October 1996.  The goal of the project is to convert to
machine-readable form and make available in a union database the finding
aids to the archival collections of UC and affiliate institutions.  Current
funding will underwrite project costs through September 1998, with
additional funding being solicited for another year's work thereafter.

Between October 1996 and January 1997, project participants developed a
work flow plan, agreed upon "best practices," ordered and installed
equipment and software, and hired and trained six project staff, including
a Finding Aid Conversion Specialist and five Electronic Publishing
Assistants.  Finding aid conversion began in February 1997, with four UC
campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, and San Diego) converting their own
material and the other five campuses sending theirs to Berkeley for

Initially, the project concentrated exclusively on converting UC finding
aid content.  Since October 1997, however, when LSTA funding for the
project went into effect (and when the name of the initiative was changed
from UC-EAD to OAC), the project has focused increased attention on
conversion of finding aids from affiliate participants.  There are
currently about a dozen such affiliates, including three CSU campuses
(Chico, Dominguez Hills, and Humboldt), a variety of private universities
and libraries (e.g., Stanford and Huntington), the State Library and
Historical Society, and others.

Through the end of April 1998, 1,800 finding aids have been converted to
machine-readable form, representing over 40,000 pages of data from more
than 20 project participants statewide.  The OAC web site, which is to be a
prominently featured component of the first release of the CDL's own web
presence, can be accessed at


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