The Library of Congress has awarded ZAI a contract to provide metadata support and other cataloging services for its World Digital Library, a free resource that makes materials from cultures around the world available online.
ZAI will provide metadata support services and cataloging in support of expansion and development of the World Digital Library. The Library currently has almost 200 partners representing more than 80 countries that supply digital content and associated metadata for inclusion in its collection. ZAI will check this metadata and, in many cases, correct and improve it before the content is added to the public website by adding descriptions and bibliographic records.
About the Library of Congress World Digital Library
The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest Federal cultural institution in the United States. The World Digital Library provides materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials, free of charge via a website. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and intercultural understanding and awareness; provide a resource for educators, students, and scholars; expand cultural content on the Internet; and narrow the global digitial divide by building capacity in developing countries. Partners are libraries, archives, and ther cultural institutions that contribute content.