IU President Michael McRobbie has unveiled a comprehensive $15 million Media Preservation and Digitalization Initiative aimed at preserving and making accessible in digital form the unique and invaluable collections of video, recorded music and other irreplaceable material assembled by the university over its nearly 200-year history as part of an overall digitization master plan.
McRobbie directed VP for IT Brad Wheeler, VP for Research Jose and University Dean of Libraries Brenda Johnson to work with faculty and other administrators to develop an IU Digitization Master Plan to support research, education and the preservation of knowledge. The digitization plan will be part of the university strategic plan.
“The goal of MPDI is extremely ambitious,” McRobbie said. “It is, in short, to digitize, preserve and make universally available by IU’s Bicentenary — subject to copyright or other legal restrictions — all of the time-based media objects on all campuses of IU judged important by experts.”