Project Introduction

The North Carolina Geospatial Data Archiving Project ran from October 2004 to February 2010. The joint project of the North Carolina State University Libraries and the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis focused on collection and preservation of digital geospatial data resources from state and local government agencies in North Carolina.

The objectives of the project included:

  • Identification of available resources through the NC OneMap data inventory
  • Acquisition of at risk geospatial data, including static data such as digital orthophotos as well time series data such as local land records and assessment data
  • Development of a digital repository architecture for geospatial data, using open source software tools such as DSpace
  • Enhancement of existing geospatial metadata with additional preservation metadata
  • Investigation of automated identification and capture of data resources using emerging OpenGeospatial Consortium specifications for client interaction with data on remote servers
  • Development of a model for data archiving and time series development

The work initially started in North Carolina with NCGDAP is being continued by the GeoMAPP (Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership) effort, a partnership between the Library of Congress and state geospatial and archives staff from North Carolina, Kentucky and Utah. The partners include: the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA), North Carolina State Archives, North Carolina State University Libraries, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Kentucky Division of Geographic Information (DGI), Utah Division of Archives, Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC), and Montana State Library.

NDIIPP: Brief Introduction

In December 2000, Congress authorized the Library of Congress to develop and execute a congressionally approved plan for a National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. A $99.8 million congressional appropriation was made to establish the program. The goal is to build a network throughout the country of committed partners working through a preservation architecture with defined roles and responsibilities. The complete text of the "Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program" is available at This includes an explanation of how the plan was developed, who the Library worked with to develop the plan and the key components of the digital preservation infrastructure. The plan was approved by Congress in December 2002. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Through its National Digital Library (NDL) Program, it is also one of the leading providers of noncommercial intellectual content on the Internet ( The NDL Program's flagship American Memory project, in collaboration with other institutions nationwide, makes freely available more than 9 million American historical items.

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